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Plenty of Growth Opportunities for February

It's 2021 and we are ready!Ready to continue to help you, our community, grow their inner entrepreneur. We have hit the ground running with a fantastic range of events for your February.Stay up to date with 2021 events through our monthly listing (you can update your preferences or unsubscribe at the bottom anytime).Feel free to connect (or reconnect) anytime, particularly if there are other areas of support you would like to see that are not currently available to entrepreneurs looking to ...

February 14, 2021

It Takes A Village

Starting your own venture is no small feat. The starting goal might be to create and sustain a business but the real work becomes your evolution into an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur you need to develop and increase a range of soft and hard skills that will help you grow your venture. The great news is these skills can also be applied in different job roles, projects and sectors. One of the key soft skills is teamwork. Gone are the days of the lone wolf. Just as it takes a village to raise a ...

December 22, 2020

YES Regional Winners inspired by love

Each year, 4000 Kiwi students around the country form teams to participate in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). Given the opportunity to create and run a business throughout the year, teams complete a series of challenges including validation, promotion, sales and their pitch. This year’s YES Regional Winner, Akau (Anmoldeep, Bella, Amber and Nicole from Aquinas College) created a body moisturising tube, inspired by love for their Mums. “We wanted to give back to our wonderful mum...

December 4, 2020

Entrepreneurship in Regional New Zealand - GEW 2020

4 entrepreneurs, 4 trajectories a common theme: it's a journey! Find out who they are and gain insights into their diverse journey and experience...

December 2, 2020

More support needed for social enterprise to thrive nationwide

Nicola Patrick believes that entrepreneurs in provincial New Zealand are different from their city counterparts, even varying from region to region. To her, this led to a significant gap in economic development. Without resources at the community level, entrepreneurs in these areas are left unsupported – especially when they don’t know where to start. To help address this capability gap, especially in social enterprise, she founded Thrive, an organisation providing services to help ideas tak...

November 24, 2020

Startup Watch: essence

When a customer or client comes to me, they are unsure how to articulate, specifically with words, what they do, how they do it, and the problems they solve. I sit down alongside them and not only give them the words of ‘this is what you do’ but try to articulate their core or the essence of who they are as a brand. So, if you were to meet their brand in person, what kind of person would you be chatting with? What are the strengths of that brand? If I’m looking up 50 different hairdressers...

November 23, 2020

Next Generation of Entrepreneurs Flourish

The entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation of business leaders is flourishing with sustainable products and practices being developed, thanks in part to the impact of COVID-19.High school students from across the Bay of Plenty have been working hard to develop a successful business as part of this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme (YES).Toi Ohomai remains a key sponsor of this event, with regional finals being held in both Tauranga and Rotorua recently.The Rotorua finals was made up of tea...

November 6, 2020

COVID a Catalist for Like your Local Founders

Before the world locked down, Murphy and Terrington were in Melbourne, a couple of weeks away from closing their second funding round for an online ticketing platform they had built. With the platform, FOMO Events, event organisers could plug their ticketing service into a platform, and customers would receive a URL to a webpage that dished out app-like experiences.This approach solved a fundamental problem common in apps. Murphy says that although everyone wants to build an app, people rarely d...

November 5, 2020

Venture Centre supports entrepreneurship in WBOP

Starting a new business can be a daunting endeavour. Questions of should I, can I, and where do I begin, are often at the forefront of the entrepreneur's mind.For Kat Stephenson, the idea to start a dog obedience service sparked similar questions. The idea came out of her childhood passion for animals and a first love for farm dogs, which led Kat to pursue dog training as a hobby and become a qualified dog trainer through the Australian National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF).With a background r...

November 4, 2020

Plenty of Growth Opportunities in November

"Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much."- Helen Keller...

November 1, 2020

All go for Sweet Dough CO.

It took four years for cookie connoisseur and Sweet Dough Co. founder Jess Lowcher to develop the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Originally from the United States, she found that ‘biscuits’ were often too dry, and flavours relied mostly on the chocolate.“I wanted a cookie dough base that was really flavourful, really vanilla-y, toffee-y, and buttery,” Lowcher explains.So, she began experimenting with recipes to determine what she liked and didn’t like in cookies and how to create the s...

October 29, 2020

Where good food meets good content: a recipe for Rain Bar’s hospitality success

As lockdown lifted, the PoweringON team sat down over a coffee with Tauranga restaurateur and all-round good guy Rohan McCloskey from Rain Bar at Pāpāmoa Beach. Rohan moved to New Zealand from Sydney, settling in Tauranga where he now runs three hospitality venues - Rain Bar, Brooklyn Patio and Neighbourhood Kitchen. He is an entrepreneur at heart and is always looking at ways he can innovate. His hospitality experience and his tech background are a killer combination ...

October 14, 2020

Nourishing Families and Communities Made Easier with Automation

The PoweringON team take a stroll with Brad Harding on his farm in Omanawa to talk about his business journey and how integrating technology has helped sow and grow Six Toed Fox Organics, as well as facilitate their online fruit and vegetable box deliveries.  The business started in 2016 producing organic produce for local communities, organic stores and farmers’ markets, with a strong focus on ethics and sustainability.  The business became increasingly popular throughout the Bay of...

October 13, 2020

Zeenya Clothing Embraces Digital with Colour

Chloe Wickman, Owner of Zeenya Clothing, caught up with the PoweringON team all bright tights and smiles, to share her journey with digital and reflect on how  it has helped her to realise her vision for her business. Zeenya is a unique activewear line made to inspire women to express themselves and their vibrant lifestyle. Embracing Life Through Colour is not only Zeenya’s motto, but a way of living and a value they stand by.  Starting off with a website, Chloe knew that s...

October 8, 2020

Plenty of Growth Opportunities in October

"Do not be afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid only of standing still."- Chinese ProverbsThe year's been a big one, with the 'Is it Christmas yet?' fatigue arriving sooner than normal for many. Lucky for us, spring is about new beginnings, refreshed perspective and the chance to check in with our goals and aspirations for the year.No matter how slow your growth feels, remember it's worth acknowledging (even celebrating)! We love growing with you, and feel grateful to off...

October 5, 2020

Entrepreneurship Manifesto 2020

Cross-posted from https://genglobal.org/new-zealand/manifesto...

September 10, 2020

Plenty of Growth Opportunities in September

"Joy is a power, cultivate it." - Anonymous If you dare to type '2020' into Google, you'll be greeted by meme central - to say it's been a year for the books is a mighty understatement. But as always, we've seen our community, choice by choice, cultivate a joyful approach to their entrepreneurial journeys.  On that note, we are here to help you to 'Keep Moving Forward' - joyfully, powerfully and as a community. For plenty more growth opportunities, keep scrolling. Click&...

September 4, 2020

PLENTY OF GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN AUGUST

"Feedback is the breakfast of champions."- Ken Blanchard We had a blast at the Groundwell Festival x Techweek 2020 last week and we hope that you managed to attend one or more of the awesome events. A highlight for us was hosting Ange Wallace's Mastermind Class on Client Feedback.  Ange challenged us to ask our clients to share their experience of our business, 'the good, the bad and the otherwise'. She emphasised that giving space for our clients to share all, enables a greater a...

August 5, 2020

Entrepreneurship as a tool for community development

A Presentation to Tauranga City Council Annual Plan as part of the Submission processKia ora tatou katoa Ko Pascale Hyboud Peron tenei I realise I am one of 23 people presenting to you today. And that I am standing between you and lunch :-)  I thank you for your commitment to our city, to the growth of our region and to this consultation process. I come before you to talk about Entrepreneurship, and why “it takes a village to raise a Startup Business” Thank you for the opportunit...

July 20, 2020

PLENTY OF GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN JULY

"There's a way to do it better - find it."- Thomas A. Edison 2020 has sure been the year that we have all been forced to innovate, finding the better way of doing our day to day life in all areas. Therefore, as always, we are grateful to be a part of a community that eats innovation for breakfast!  That is why we are proud to be partnering again this year with two of our favourite festivals, Techweek and Groundswell Festival of Innovation. They are coming together in our region this ye...

July 5, 2020

PLENTY OF GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN JUNE

"Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity."- Bruce Lee In the return to 'normal', we hope that you are holding onto the slow and steady pace that lockdown gifted most of us. The Venture Centre team too are doing their best to incorporate lockdown lessons into their new work approach. As things continue to evolve and change throughout our city and nation, we hope to remain and be a steady, present "friend". In this spirit of steadiness, our events will be remaini...

June 4, 2020

DIGITAL HACKS TO RELAUNCH FAST POST LOCKDOWN

Trading and doing business at Level 3 is all about contactless transactions, pre-ordering, social distancing, safety for all supplying and purchasing.It certainly is taking business to next digital level!It is amazing to see so many locals getting creative and leveraging digital to go back to what they love: delighting their customers!Here is some of what is available and how it is being used locally: List your business for vouchers and donations SOS businesshttps://sosbusiness.nz/ Seen locally...

May 15, 2020

PLENTY OF GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN MAY

"Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat."-  Steve Jobs The time we find ourselves in as a nation and as a community is full of change. What we love about our community is that innovation runs deep it its bones. A big shout out to all of you entrepreneurs and small business owners in our community who are adapting and innovating during this season. You are all legendary! Check out this month's awesome events, all delivered via video-conferenci...

May 11, 2020

5 FREE RESOURCES TO LEARN TO CODE WITH YOUR FAMILY

Coding and programming are two words that describe a great tool to bring ideas to life. Hard to move your young ones off their screens? You can make screen time productive during this rāhui.Here are five resources to get them to skip cartoons and write code. And they’ll be learning heaps of those essential future of work skills without knowing it! Plus you can join in the fun with them and discover a new skill set for yourself! ...

April 3, 2020

PLENTY OF GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN APRIL

“Gratefulness turns what we have into enough”- Aesop We at Venture Centre believe in the power of gratefulness to shift perspective and nuture the hope within us. What are you grateful for in these unprecedented times? We find ourselves grateful for technology that allows us to continue providing digital and entrepreneurial support to you our community and, we are grateful for you! Check out this month's awesome events, all delivered via video-conferencing. Simply sign up for ...

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