Unlocking the future of Māori innovation

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Callaghan Innovation have teamed up with influential leaders Creative HQ, Robett Hollis, Crowe Horwath and Ernst & Young Tahi to create and roll out Kōkiri. It’s a first of its kind – a business accelerator dedicated to speeding up the development of early stage Māori businesses.

A unique approach to business acceleration

Kōkiri is a values-based 4-month startup accelerator that supports 10 early stage Māori-led companies on a journey for business growth. Developed for Māori, by Māori, Kōkiri is built upon a foundation of Kia angitu te tauira (founder success), and designed to strengthen Māori business founders in the areas most important to them.

Kōkiri provides the 10 start-ups businesses with:

  • Business startup workshops
  • Access to a cash grant for the development of your product or innovation
  • Opportunity to identify and obtain the resources you need to grow your business
  • Co-working space and facilities
  • Access to mentors with industry and technical expertise
  • World class business training and mentoring
  • Access to national investor groups
  • Business exposure
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Our Foundation Partners

Thank you to our sponsors

Kōkiri was made possible thanks to support from the following organisations