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Help at hand to get your business off the ground

Posted on July 18, 2017

If you or someone you know is a budding entrepreneur with a great business idea, there are two weeks remaining to enter ThePick:2017 – a competition offering up to $30,000 of tailored business support to help get the winners’ businesses off the ground and ultimately on the path to success.

Orchard Activator, Kayla Tattley, with some of the 50 applications for ThePick:2017
Orchard Activator, Kayla Tattley, with some of the 50 applications for ThePick:2017

Entries to ThePick:2017 close on 24 July.  Since the competition launched on 8 June Northlanders have shown they’re not short of great business ideas, with 50 entries received so far.

Run by The Orchard and supported by Northland Inc, The Pick:2017 has had thousands of website views and “strong and curious” conversation on social media, says Orchard Activator Kayla Tattley.

Kayla says the calibre of entries is exceptionally high, with innovative and broad-ranging ideas.  “This competition shows age is no barrier to business innovation with the youngest entrant just 11 years old. One person has submitted three business ideas, and there is an out-of-region entry from someone who wants to return home to Northland to start a business."

The calibre of entries is exceptionally high, with innovative and broad-ranging ideas.

Kayla Tattley — Orchard Activator, The Orchard

“People are excited to see growth in their own regions. Northland’s potential is enormous, and this competition will open yet more doors for people to come home and become part of Northland’s business and economic future.” 

Kayla says the number and calibre of sponsors supporting the competition underpinned the desire of established business to nurture New Zealand’s entrepreneurial future. “We have some incredible sponsors from local SMEs through to large service-based organisations with a national profile.”  The judges are also confirmed, and include Joseph Stuart (Northland Inc), Tony Collins (NZ Chambers of Commerce Northland), Dr Colin Kennedy (Young Enterprise Trust) and entrepreneurs Roger Winton and Greg Currie.

The three sections in the competition are Youth (under 25), Māori, and Open, with five categories for business ideas; Rural, Health and Wellbeing, Food and Beverage, Tourism, and General. Prizes include up to $5,000 worth of support and professional services to help you take a business from idea to concept (for 20 Stage 1 winners), or up to $30,000 worth of support and professional services to help you take your business from concept to action (one winner from each category in Stage 2).