The 2018 Kōkiri Cohort

On December 7, Kōkiri officially unveiled the 10 companies participating in the 2018 Kōkiri Accelerator. The 2018 cohort is full of amazing business ventures making significant moves in their industries both in Aotearoa and around the globe.



Akudos is a cloud based awards system designed to streamline the awards process from beginning to end.  The Auckland based start-up is readying for further domestic commercial trials in 2018 before looking beyond NZ to develop their product for overseas markets.

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Arataki Cultural Trails

Arataki Cultural Trails build solutions to provide unique cultural, geographical, environmental and historical information for people ‘in location’.  Arataki enables users to hear and see stories of cultural significance using a custom mobile application and proximity technology.  The Tauranga based company launched in 2017 with a series of exciting cultural walks at 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 General Manager Mateawa Keelan 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 solving the inefficiencies in the residential moving space. The online platform places the power of comparison and selection into the hands of the user.

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MyReo Studios

MyReo founders Kawana and Wiremu Wallace provide 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 bi-lingual digital games targeted towards school-aged learners and unites te reo Māori with computer programming, AI and STEM education.

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Origins (ApiTrak)

ApiTrak is a modular, cloud based platform that provides full visibility of the integrity of the food 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.

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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.

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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, opinion platforms and mainstream media. In a world where money and media determines who is found first by customers, founder Damaris Coulter has created a level digital playing field for owner-operators.

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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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