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Helping Northlanders fulfil their business dreams

Posted on June 16, 2017

Northland Inc and The Orchard Business & Event Hub are giving Northlanders with a great business idea the chance to win up to $30,000 of support to get their idea off the ground.

Launched on June 8, The Pick: 2017 is a challenge for anyone who has a business idea they want to pursue.

“We’re not asking you to invent the next Facebook or Xero, we just want to know what simple business ideas you have,” says Orchard Activator Kayla Tattley. “Tell us about a business you’d love to start, and if you get picked, you’ll win the support you need to grow it to fruition.”

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).

Kayla says there is no exact formula to making a business succeed, and although there’s a certain amount of luck she says one of the biggest reasons businesses fail in their first five years is because new entrepreneurs don't have the right support at the right time.

“Northland Inc and The Orchard have the tools, resources and expertise available to springboard dedicated, local entrepreneurs from concept to application,” she says.

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.

To find out more about The Pick, visit thepick.co.nz, email Kayla for more info or ring 09 438 5110, or download a printable PDF flier.

Prizes

Stage One – 20 winners

Up to $5,000 worth of support and professional services to help you take your business from idea to concept. Includes:

  • Mentorship
  • Orchard hot-desking time
  • Professional skills support
  • Industry connections
  • Support to develop business plan
  • Start-up workshops

Stage Two prize – one winner from each category

Up to $30k worth of support and professional services to help you take your business from concept to action. Includes:

  • An assigned business mentor for one year
  • Permanent desk in The Orchard
  • Professional skills package
  • Industry connections
  • Support to gain investment