Exploring the ‘social’ in social enterprise

Jess Berentson-Shaw has just returned from a visit to India to meet the women from the tiny farming villages she’s planning to work with via her social enterprise, muka kids. As part of our guest blog series, Jess has written a blog post about her experiences: “The women and girls looked so beautiful in their … Continue Reading →

Helping ideas take shape

This year, we’ve met more than 240 aspiring social enterprises through our workshop and clinics programme, and we love it when they get in touch to let us know how they’re getting on. Last week, Rebecca Nicholson dropped Dan and Rowan from our venture team an email to let us know where she’d got to, … Continue Reading →

Ākina calls for more support for the social enterprise sector

This blog post is an extract from our recent Briefing to Incoming Ministers. Executive Summary The Ākina Foundation has prepared a briefing for incoming Ministers on the opportunity to improve economic performance and social wellbeing through the development of social enterprise and social impact investment in New Zealand. Social enterprise and impact investment can provide … Continue Reading →

On the architecture of enterprise ownership

We’re working with a range of people from interesting places and spaces to produce guest blogs for our website over the coming weeks. Ramsey Margolis, writer, editor and strategist, has contributed some thoughts on the architecture of enterprise ownership: How does the way that the ownership of an enterprise is structured affect how it operates? … Continue Reading →

Investing in social enterprises

New Zealand is rightly proud of the growing profile and professionalism of its early stage investment ecosystem. So why are we lagging behind other countries in providing the same level of infrastructure for investment in social enterprise? Established successful structures that promote and support investment for both social AND financial return are on the increase … Continue Reading →

Looking for a new challenge?

Fancy joining the Ākina team? The venture team works across our portfolio of programmes to provide development support and advice to entrepreneurs and teams as they create transformational social enterprises. Managing ventures is a diverse, challenging role that requires empathy with entrepreneurs and significant project management experience to support the creation of new ventures and … Continue Reading →

Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off

We’ve selected eleven teams from across the country to take part in the Launchpad, our programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground. Launchpad, co-sponsored by Contact Energy and the Department of Internal Affairs, aims to deliver a cohort of promising social enterprises, ready to create meaningful change for our communities and country. The … Continue Reading →

Ākina is recruiting…

We’re looking for an Administrator for our Wellington office. We’re looking for someone who will fit in well with our growing national team. We’re able to be flexible about what’s involved in the role and the hours we’ll need you to be around – it’s more important to us that we find the right person. … Continue Reading →