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Start-up Wānanga 2021 is open for Applications

Unlock the entrepreneur within and gain the tools and know how to create viable businesses, inside a collaborative space.

What is Start-up Wānanaga?

Start-up Wānanga is a three-day event where individuals, and teams are guided through the business startup process. It’s intensive with late nights, long days and lots of support.

You will spend the event with other like-minded whānau and will be supported by Te Ahikōmako staff, local experts and mentors to bring your idea to life.

Throughout the wānanga you’ll be:

  • introduced to various tools by way of express lectures before getting the opportunity to use the tools on your own business
  • supported by various mentors and guides throughout the event
  • at the end of the event, each business will have a minimum viable product (an early mock-up of your product or service) and the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges and a live audience

While our aim is for whānau to turn ideas into businesses over the course of the event, the ultimate objective is to learn about the PROCESS of converting ideas into viable products or services and we encourage everyone to collaborate with other teams and support each other.

Application Criteria

You may apply as an individual or a team, there is no cap on team numbers but our total capacity is limited to 25 people. To apply as one of our entrepreneurs in the making you will need to:

  • have an existing idea that you'd like to develop - see application requirements
  • be able to commit to the course dates - see key dates
  • be over 16

Applications close 21st of November 2021

Application Requirements

As part of your Start-up Wānanga application, we would love to hear your innovative ideas. On application you will be asked to provide a short written statement providing details of your existing business or start-up idea. You may include the following:

  • An introduction – You (and Your Team if applicable) – build credibility, intrigue
  • The Problem – illustrate the problem for the user
  • A Unique Solution – paint a picture, tell us how you will solve the problem
  • Market Opportunity – How big is your idea?

If you require assistance with your statement please email

Key Dates

Start-up Wānanga will be held November 25 - 27th 2021

  • Thursday 5pm – 9pm
  • Friday 9am – 9pm
  • Saturday 9am – 8pm


Te Ahikōmako @ Te Wānanga o Aotearoa - 254 Ohaupo Road, Glenview, Hamilton


$50 per person (incl GST) for the full event including:

  • Kai / Food
  • Industry expertise and mentors
  • Resources for the weekend

In the event of financial restrictions please contact us directly


A selection of sweet spot prizes to be won

Karawhiua whānau, this is an amazing opportunity to collaborate with like-minded whānau and ignite your passion as an entrepreneur. Check out all the details here |


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