A first of its kind

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.

4-month startup accelerator programme

Kōkiri is a 4-month startup accelerator programme where we select up to 10 early stage companies to participate in a programme designed for Māori, by Māori.

Kōkiri will provide the 10 start-ups with the following:

  • Business startup workshops
  • Access to cash funding 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 international and local mentors with industry and technical expertise
  • World class business training and mentoring
  • Access to national and international investor groups
  • Business exposure

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