E mihi ana ki a Pou Temara mōna i whakaingoa i te kaupapa nei a Kōkiri
We’d like to thank Professor Pou Temara for his expert advice, and for naming Kōkiri.

What is Kōkiri?

It’s a first of its kind - a business accelerator dedicated to speeding up the development of early stage Māori businesses.

The knowledge, experience, and thought leadership driving Kōkiri is spectacular.  Partnering with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Callaghan Innovation are influential business leaders Creative HQ, Robett Hollis, Crowe Horwath and Ernst & Young Tahi.


How will Kōkiri help my business?

  • Support Māori-led start-ups and entrepreneurs to develop innovative products and businesses that will drive growth in New Zealand’s economy
  • Develop the capability of emerging Māori entrepreneurs through mentoring and specialised training to accelerate their readiness for market entry, investment and growth
  • Build capability in the Māori entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem.


What does Kōkiri provide?

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


How long is the Kōkiri programme?

The Kōkiri Accelerator Programme is a 4-month programme, starting in February 2018.

Where is Kōkiri. held?

The home of Kōkiri is in Kirikiriroa, however your team doesn't need to be permanently based in Hamilton during the programme. We have developed a hybrid-model that allows your team to work 'from home' while still receiving the needed support. Our only requirement is that team members are available to attend a week-long workshop each month during the programme.

Does my team need to be in Hamilton to apply?

No, you can be from anywhere across Aotearoa. There is however a requirement that your team attends the monthly workshops in Hamilton - but don't worry, we will look after travel and accommodation.

Do I have to be Māori?

We are striving to encourage and develop Māori entrepreneurs, and as such there is an expectation that at least one founding team member has Māori heritage.

There is no 'correct' number, however a team of 3-4 with complementary skills to deliver your project is the best place to start.

How many
people do I need in my team?

Applications for Kōkiri open on October 10 and close on November 17, 2017.

When can I apply?

We are interested in all types of business from technology to social enterprise. We understand that successful businesses can come from any industry and are in a position to support the various needs of each. So don't be shy, if you have a startup that you believe in we would encourage you to apply for Kōkiri.

What types of companies are you looking for?

We will consider all applications on a case-by-case to assess 'what you have achieved' and
'how much you've grown'.

How 'young' does my company need to be?

Still have questions?

If you have any further questions, contact us at info@kokiri.biz