Supplier Policy for an Impactful Event

With the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum just one month away, we want this event will be the first of many. We’re laying down a strong foundation of design, and walking the talk of the positive change we want to see. Part of this value alignment is what has inspired us to carefully select our suppliers, … Continue Reading →

2018 Investment Readiness Grant Recipients

  ANNOUNCING THE 2018 RECIPIENTS   For The Better Good: For The Better Good is a New Zealand start up who provides a road map to ending the negative effects of plastic. FTBG has pinpointed plastics pain points and addressed each one to deliver a product that is better for us and the planet. FTBG … Continue Reading →

ASEF 2018 Update: A Zero Carbon Event

In order to make the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum carbon-neutral, we have partnered with Ekos to offset our combined carbon footprint, with a $5 dollar offset contribution that you can choose to add-on when purchasing a ticket. What does Carbon Offset for ASEF mean? We are designing this event to be as sustainable as possible, … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise – definition, perception and what is ahead

Louise Aitken, CEO Ākina Foundation Over the past month, there has been a lot of discussion in the media, print & social, regarding social enterprises. This is great to see and at the Ākina Foundation we fully support, embrace and celebrate conversations and discussions on our important, growing sector. While the public understanding of social … Continue Reading →

Rotary Club of Newmarket supporting Kick-Start Award 2018

The Rotary Club of Newmarket and the Ākina Foundation have joined forces for a third year to kick-start Northern based social enterprises by providing $10,000 in cash to a top venture. Applications for the Award open Monday 6th August 2018 and close midnight Sunday 15th September 2018. Applications are open to all social enterprises, whether early-stage, operational or well-established. … Continue Reading →

Flying High with Sky Eye in Samoa

On recent visit to Samoa, Ākina’s Clemmie Baker spent valuable time with innovative Samoan company Sky Eye Pacific. Established in December 2013, Sky Eye provides vehicle tracking, drone technology and other services in Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and, just recently, Tonga. It is owned and operated entirely by Pacific Islanders.  “Our vehicle tracking systems are used by a … Continue Reading →

Calling Asia-Pacific Incubators and Accelerators

Ākina is overjoyed to be part of Frontier Incubators, with DFAT Innovation Exchange. This programme is designed to build the capacity of incubators and accelerators in the Asia-Pacific region, increasing the quality of support services these organisations offer to innovative entrepreneurs and enterprises. Frontier Incubators will assist regional ecosystems to develop innovative enterprises that can secure … Continue Reading →

The Impact Initiative launches

As part of the Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme, we’re proud to launch: The Impact Initiative Following a four month co-design period, we are truly excited to be kicking off a three year programme of work to grow the social enterprise sector across New Zealand, starting with the launch of a brand new online platform: The … Continue Reading →

New Zealand Impact Investing Network announces National Advisory Board

Eight visionaries from around the country have been elected and appointed to form the National Advisory Board for Impact Investing in New Zealand, including our very own Louise Aitken. The 80-person launch event last Thursday, organised by the Ākina Foundation, hosted by JBWere and Giving Architects and welcomed by Hon Peeni Henare, Minister for Community … Continue Reading →