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. 


Do you have a great business idea, do you want to develop your entrepreneurial skills, or maybe you have an early-stage start-up business in Taranaki that you're wanting to take to the next level? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then this programme is for you.

PowerUp Ideas Competition

We've been on the hunt for Taranaki's next big idea with part two of our PowerUp Ideas Competition. We're thrilled to announce the top five finalists chosen to go through to the second phase of the Competition with one ultimately winning the grand prize of $10,000 to spend on developing their enterprise. 

The second phase of PowerUp Ideas Competitionwill run from 6 April to 6 June 2021 and is tailored to the needs of each participant to help move your idea forward. The selected five participants* will receive:

  • Tailored support to help progress your business idea
  • ​$3000 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 

PowerUp Ideas Competition Finals Night

Each of the PowerUp Customised Programme participants will pitch in front of a live audience and our judges for the chance to win $10,000 cash to spend on your start-up. There will also be potential investors in the room, as well as a number of other prizes to be won. 


Key dates

7 April 2021: PowerUp customised programme starts (for top 5)
7 June 2021: PowerUp customised programme ends
16 June 2021: Top 5 pitch to win $10,000


Startmate are coming to town – Tuesday 4 May

Blackbird and Startmate are coming to New Plymouth to unearth under-the-radar founders in Aotearoa. Partnering with Startup Taranaki, Startmate are putting together a line up of sessions for founders to learn about setting milestones, pitch coaching and how to tap into a global community of startup founders and operators.


The Blackbirds will land in Taranaki on Tuesday 4 May at Manifold to provide the following sessions:

  • Pitch Coaching with Phoebe Harrop
  • Office Hours withPhoebe Harrop and Ryan Walker
  • Startmate Session with Ryan Walker

Sessions are free, but spaces are limited. Make sure you RSVP by filling out this form to reserve a spot!

Reserve your spot

Callaghan Innovation Capital Education Workshop

Do you want to raise capital for your business? Callaghan Innovation are inviting you to attend a virtual introductory workshop on the capital-raising process which will help you to kick start your capital-raising journey on Thursday 29 April at 9am.

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Climate response Accelerator powered by CreativeHQ

The Climate Response Accelerator is a 12-week programme designed to help impact-focused entrepreneurs solve some of our planet’s most urgent challenges. Selected teams from around Aotearoa, New Zealand will be provided with equity-free funding, mentorship, and the tools and resources to help you advance at each stage of your growth. You’ll be joining an amazing community of globally-minded changemakers, from tenacious startup founders to board level executives who will provide connections, expertise, and support during and after the programme.

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Velocite Growth Project – Next cohort May

The Growth Project is designed for small/early-stage business owners that are ready to take their businesses to the next level by using the collective experience and skills of like-minded business owners. The Growth Project is a 6-month facilitated group mentoring programme that will combine group workshops and one-on-one coaching.

The Growth Project is about utilising the diverse skills of like-minded business owners to:
• solve business challenges
• leverage opportunities
• create accountability

Contact the Velocite team

Orion Energy Accelerator


Are you working on a ground-breaking energy innovation that can shape the future of our energy sector and power a cleaner and brighter New Zealand? Take your innovation to the next level with the Orion Energy Accelerator.

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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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