PowerUp is all about growing, connecting, and supporting ideas and capability, and harnessing the expertise and passion required to develop Taranaki’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Enterprises, ideas, and individuals will be supported and enabled as PowerUp connects them with a range of new and existing services and opportunities, helping to grow their capability, and broaden their understanding of what they thought possible.

We’ve built PowerUp to bring together Enterprise and bright ideas, and we’re working to build smart, connected communities, so ideas, entrepreneurship and innovation can continue to thrive in Taranaki.  

We’re keeping it simple; as easy as one, two, three, with our Grow, Connect, Tell approach. 

Grow

PowerUp Kickstart

Kickstart your business and accelerate your learning

Are you looking to kickstart your entrepreneurial idea? PowerUp Kickstart is here to kickstart your next big business idea or your existing enterprise, whether you are starting out, small, or large. 

PowerUp Kickstart, delivered in partnership with SODA Inc., takes you through an 8-week Co.Starters programme, where you’ll gain the tools and expertise to build and grow your business or progress your innovative idea.

You’ll then be set to continue your journey and develop your pitch for the opportunity to be a top five finalist and the chance to take home $10,000 cash to PowerUp your idea or start-up.

Register Here

We’re calling for Taranaki entrepreneurs to apply to enter the PowerUp Kickstart 8-week Co.Starters programme where you will:

  • Find out more about the tools available to help you become smarter entrepreneurs
  • Have access to a framework and expertise that will help you build and grow your business or develop your innovative idea
  • Gain a wider network of contacts such as investors, advisors, and other entrepreneurs
  • Have access to a team of relevant experts
  • Get support to develop your business pitch to apply for the next on-ramp and the chance to win $10,000 to take your idea, start-up or enterprise to the next level
  • It’s FREE! It will only cost you your time and commitment.

Key dates:

Applications will open 1 December 2021 and will close 25 January 2022.
Successful participants will be notified by 2 February 2022. 

Kicking off 8 February 2022 the programme will be delivered over 10 sessions

 

Topic

Date

Location

Week 1

Kickstart 1 – Knowing Yourself

Assumptions, Canvas, Working styles,

Team building, Obstacles.

Tues 8 Feb 2022

In-person 

Week 2

Kickstart 2 – Knowing Your Customer

Customer, Problem, Idea Testing

Tues 15 Feb

Zoom

Week 3

Kickstart 3 – Finding the Right Solution
Solution, Benefit, Advantage, Starting Small, Brand Identity

Tues 22 Feb

In-person

Week 4

Kickstart 4 – Getting the Relationship Right

Marketing & Message, Getting, Keeping &Growing Customers

Tues 1 Mar

Zoom

Week 5

Kickstart 5 – Building Blocks

Distribution, Revenue, Typical Offering, Price

Tues 8 Mar

In-person

Week 5

Kickstart 6 – Structures and Systems

Legal & Accounting Considerations

Thurs 10 Mar

Zoom

Week 6

Kickstart 7 – Discovering the Bottom Line

Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & VariableCosts, Break-Even Point

Tues 15 Mar

In-person

Week 7

Kickstart 8 – Accounting for Growth

Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, CashFlow, Accounting

Tues 22 Mar

Zoom

Week 7

Kickstart 9 – Planning for the Future

Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep

Thurs 24 Mar

Zoom

Week 8

Kickstart 10 – Share your Story and Celebration Night

Tues 29 Mar

In-person

Fun Fact: Four of the five 2020 top five finalists went through the Co.Starters programme!


Are you ready to pitch to win $10,000?

There’s a second opportunity to on-ramp if you’re well along on your entrepreneurship journey with a business pitch ready to go.

In March 2022 we’ll be calling for Taranaki entrepreneurs again, along with participants in the Co.Starters programme, to submit a two-minute video pitch selling their bright idea for the chance to be one of five finalists kicking your idea forward and pitching to win $10,000 cash.

This is your time to shine!

Key dates:

Applications will open 21 March 2022 to be one of the top five PowerUp Kickstart finalists. Applications will close 8 April 2022.    

 The selected top five finalists* will receive:

  • Tailored support to help progress your business idea
  • ​$1000 Seed Funding**
  • Access to expert mentorship from nationwide pool
  • Two months of co-working space access
  • Weekly check-ins with Programme Manager
  • Benefit of working with other participants and making great connections!
  • Chance to pitch to win $10,000 cold hard cash**


*Founder or founder and team
**Seed Funding and $10,000 cash to be used on growing your idea/ business.

We want to hear your pitch if:

  • You need pragmatic and practical advice.
  • You have some form of market validation but need to test this further.
  • You have time and energy to learn but can’t give up full days.
  • Your enterprise might have unique intellectual property.
  • Your enterprise could be a high value opportunity for Taranaki and Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • You haven’t started selling yet, or you have but it’s early days.
  • You’re potentially sitting on a really big and scalable opportunity here but need help to move it forward.
  • You are based in Taranaki.
  • Your enterprise is for profit (this includes impact/ social enterprises that are for profit).

PowerUp Kickstart is part-time, hands-on, and remote, meaning you can be based anywhere in Taranaki (we do offer co-working space). We work around your schedule to make this work, but we are looking for people who are committed to personal growth and want to invest in accelerating their enterprise success. What you will get in return is a powerful support network and know-how to kickstart and move your enterprise forward faster.


On June 29 2022 each of the five PowerUp Kickstart finalists will pitch in front of a live audience and a judging panel for the chance to win $10,000 cash to spend on their start-up.

With two opportunities to on-ramp, you’re able to choose what works best for you and the stage your enterprise is at, so what are you waiting for?

 Terms and Conditions apply.

PowerUp for Impact Enterprises

Introducing our new PowerUp initiative 'PowerUp for Impact Enterprises' in partnership with StartUp Taranaki. 

An impact enterprise is purpose-driven and focused on delivering outcomes that have social or environmental benefits, as well as being a financially successful and viable businesses: profit for purpose.

If you're an Impact Enterprise, or thinking about becoming one, watch the launch event to discover how this initiative can support your journey to start or grow an impact enterprise.

PowerUp for Impact Enterprises provides connection, learning and support for entrepreneurship in Taranaki. PowerUp aims to create an environment where people embarking on startup enterprises, or looking to grow or innovate in their existing enterprise, can connect to a strong network of peers and have access to the tools, advice and learning required to increase their confidence and skills, and improve their likelihood of success.

If this sounds is right for you, jump on board and register to join in our upcoming Masterclasses.

All masterclasses are free and you do not have to attend all, however we recommend that you do to get the most out of the programme to start or grow your impact enterprise.

 

Masterclass 1: Impact Modelling:

What could be the real-world impact of your purpose-driven activity be? Add structure to your idea by workshopping an impact model, define impact indicators and leave the session with actionable steps to put it all to work.

When: Thursday 25 November 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: Manifold Co-Working Space, New Plymouth

 

 

Masterclass 2: Business Modelling: Impact Lean Canvas

Your impact enterprise won’t make impact if it can’t sustain itself. This session will guide you to complete an impact Lean Canvas so you can identify assumptions you need to test to ensure viability and define the purpose and impact of your business.

When: Thursday 2 December 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: Manifold Co-Working Space, New Plymouth

 

PowerUp for Impact Enterprises is funded with the support of Toi Foundation.

Masterclass 3: Structuring for Impact

The way you structure your enterprise affects how it operates and how it gathers and distributes revenue. Find out which legal structures best suit your goals and where to go for expert advice

When: Thursday 3 February 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: venue tbc

Register here 

 

Masterclass 4: Storytelling for Impact

To be effective, you’ll need people to care about what your enterprise does and why it matters. Develop an elevator pitch for your important audiences – and practice delivering it with impact.

When: Thursday 10 February 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: venue tbc

Register here 

Watch our launch event, facilitated by impact enterprise expert, Zara Lok, from Startup Taranaki, who covered:

  • An overview of impact enterprise
  • An overview of the programme and the upcoming masterclasses
  • Local and national examples
  • Identifying where your areas of strength are - business modeling vs. impact modelling

Watch Masterclass 1 Impact Modelling:

What could be the real-world impact of your purpose-driven activity be? Add structure to your idea by workshopping an impact model, define impact indicators and leave the session with actionable steps to put it all to work.

Watch Masterclass 2 Business Modelling: Impact Lean Canvas

Your impact enterprise won’t make impact if it can’t sustain itself. This session will guide you to complete an impact Lean Canvas so you can identify assumptions you need to test to ensure viability and define the purpose and impact of your business.

Our PowerUp Finalists

Congratulations to our other four finalists who pitched their idea in front of a live audience:

Karen Danenhauer, MamaGaia

Lauren Oehme and Leon Power, Nano Bubble

Remy Zynfogel, Calypso Science

Mrinali Kumar, Brian Huynh, Regina Van de Velden-Cachuela, Jenni Matheson and Maria Mcgrath, Kinda Ice Cream

Read More for all the details of the PowerUp Finals Night.

Connect

Be part of a Global Innovation Challenge with Social Shifters

Do you have an awesome idea to solve a social or environmental problem? Are you ready to take action, but don’t know where to start? You're not alone. The 2021 Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge will take you from idea to entrepreneur - helping bring your idea to life AND sharpen your social business skills!

Learn More

Get straightforward, free financial guidance for your business with NZTE money matters

Better financial planning and forecasting are the simplest tools you can use to create a more resilient business and prepare for growth.

NZTE Money Matters offers panel talks and one-to-one sessions with independent experts who can provide practical advice and answer your questions on everything from foreign exchange to forecasting to accessing grants and support.

Learn More

Tell

PowerUp Podcast

Listen to our latest PowerUp podcasts telling the stories of some of the region's entrepreneurs. 


The PowerUp Podcast will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Castbox and wherever you get your podcasts.

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