Introducing the New Cohort

On December 7, we officially unveiled the 10 companies that will be participating in Kōkiri's 2018 Accelerator Programme.

We launch the programme in 2018 with the ambition to find the best Māori-led start-ups across Aotearoa, and support them to get to market and scale through Kōkiri's partner network. For 2018 we are very excited to support 10 inspiring teams of quality leaders with a wide range of ideas and solutions – they are fantastic entrepreneurs and we look forward to taking this journey with them.


AKUDOS Software

Akudos Software is a cloud based awards system designed to streamline the awards process from beginning to end.  Akudos is led by it’s founders Wairere Iti (Ngai Tahu, Tainui) and Richard Brookes.  The Auckland based start-up is readying for commercial trials in 2018 domestically but also looking beyond NZ to develop their product for overseas markets.

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Arataki Cultural Trails

Lee Timutimu (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou) is the founder of Arataki Systems.  Arataki Systems builds solutions that provide unique cultural, geographical, environmental and historical information for people ‘in location’.  Arataki enables users to receive information about sites of cultural significance using a custom mobile application and proximity technology.  The Tauranga based company launched its product in spring 2017 with a series of exciting cultural walks at Mauao, Mount Maunganui.

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Biome turns Didymo, the pest algae into high-end fashion materials. Founder, Logan Williams (Ngai Tahu) leads the Christchurch based start-up.  The company aims at producing high quality materials while improving New Zealand waterways at the same time.  The product is made in sheets that create zero wastage in production, whilst also providing customers with a range of colours, textures, and patterns.


Hikurangi Enterprises

Ruatoria-based Hikurangi Enterprises are the first to take New Zealand grown medicinal cannabis products to clinical trials and will be the market leaders by 2019. Community-based and community-owned, Hikurangi Enterprises is led by Managing Director Panapa Ehau (Ngāti Porou) and on a trajectory to pave the way in a multimillion dollar industry.

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MovingPros makes moving ‘anything’ simple, efficient and cost effective while giving control to the consumer. Brothers Cam and Nate Whittaker (Ngāti Mahuta) aspire to create a billion dollar business by helping to solve the transport and shipping inefficiencies in the residential moving space. The online platform places the power of comparison and selection into the hands of the user – the Air B&B of moving.

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My Reo Studios

My Reo founders Kawana and Wiremu Wallace (Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti  Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Rangi, Tainui) are providing Māori millennials with the digital tools and resources to learn, practice and grow in both te reo Māori and future thinking technical expertise. My Reo creates bilingual digital games and software targeted towards school-aged students and unites the languages of te reo Māori with computer programming, artificial intelligence and STEM education.

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Origins Software

ApiTrak is a modular, cloud based platform that provides full visibility of the integrity of the honey supply chain from land to end consumer. Founder Hayden Stowell (Ngāti Awa) has created an affordable easy to use digital platform that not only enhances product data management throughout, but also integrates with many existing systems.

ApiTrak is a GS1 compliant total “land-to-jar” traceability solution, combining leading edge technology with user-friendly interfaces. It minimises the opportunity for manipulation of honey data It simplifies disease management and food safety compliance. Honey is only the beginning.

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Papa Taiao Earthcare

Papa Taiao is a pan-Iwi youth enterprise enabler. As a sustainability and ecological restoration training organisation, Papa Taiao enables young people to lead enterprising social, cultural and environmental projects across Aotearoa whilst gaining NCEA qualifications and leadership experience.

Born from a Principal’s comment of negativity, "We don't expect them to pass anything, just make sure they don't burn the school down", founder Marty Taylor established Papa Taiao to support the development of young people set aside from traditional schooling.

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The Realness

The Realness is the new way to find owner operated eateries without having to rely on review sites, advertising and opinion platforms and mainstream media. In a world where money and media determines who is found first by customers, founder Damaris Coulter (NgāPuhi, Ngāti Kahu), owner of award winning restaurant Cocos Cantina has created a level digital playing field for owner-operators within the food industry and beyond.

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SeeCom provides sign language education programmes & resources to facilitate multiple communities who benefit from "hands on" learning. SeeCom is prototyping the world’s 1st digital Interactive Sign Language Game, a virtual game-based experience of learning sign language through means of interaction and movements in front of digital screens. This technology enhancement will track arm, body, hand and finger movements and sense the smallest movements

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