Directed by two full-time founders, three part-time employees, multiple contractors, volunteers, pro-bono contributors and partners from across the Bay of Plenty and beyond, it helps people learn and grow, collaborate, share resources, create innovations together and help each other along the way.
Venture Centre is a community-led organisation. It increases the resilience of the Bay of Plenty community by nurturing strengths-based groups. They form 'communities of opportunity’ who participate together in solution-focused learn-by-doing events, activities, experiences. They work on projects together, start ventures, doing work that’s worth it to solve challenges, together.
It serves to increase diversity and democracy dramatically; including more people in the economy, distributing resources, and providing pathways along which people have the opportunity to innovate together.
Often they tackle intractable problems leading to new, generative enterprises, value chains and infrastructure intended to serve whanau and whenua for generations to come.