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Activating Tomorrow’s Business Stars

Activating Tomorrow’s Business Stars

Do you have a business idea that is waiting to take off?

Grow Wellington is looking for the next generation of business superstars in the Wellington region; we want to find them and help them develop into vibrant world-class enterprises.

“Activate” is an intensive four-month programme that has been designed by Grow Wellington’s business incubator, Creative HQ, to help entrepreneurs get focused and turn their business ideas into reality.

Limited to eight participants and comprising of 16 modules, Activate provides an inspiring and challenging forum to test ideas, strengthen the practical foundations for business success, and develop personal networks and skills to kick start the journey.

Participants will receive specialist advice from experts in fields relevant to their business and one-on-one coaching from a dedicated mentor.

The programme will get entrepreneurs to shift from working “in” their business to working “on” their business. At the end of the four months, top participants have the opportunity to be invited to join Creative HQ’s stellar two-year incubation programme.

The Activate pilot programme saw eight participants working hard and applying all their learning directly into driving their businesses forwards.

One of the pilot Activate participants was Hutt City’s Gail McJorrow, inventor of the Wondercap.

“Activate really made apparent for me how ‘green’ I was as an entrepreneur. Activate helped me realise that there are no shortcuts to success. The programme and its associated networks have really opened doors for me and the Wondercap business.” says Gail.

“Activate put a management team around me and provided me with seminars and workshops about money, marketing, sales, governance, intellectual property and branding.”

“The hands-on approach of Activate has made a considerable difference to my business and I am now gearing up to take on Australia.”

“Wellington is the perfect place to grow your business. It has a reputation for innovation and has produced business legends, like Jeremy Moon, Ruth Pretty and Peter Jackson. Growing great business means growing great people and that’s why we have developed Activate. We want to help a new generation of dynamic businesses to fly” says Nigel Kirkpatrick CEO Grow Wellington.

If you have a business idea that has huge potential and you’d like to kick-start your journey by putting the practical foundations for success in place ensure you get Activated.

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