Three things we love to see in social enterprise ideas

By David Clearwater The interest in our Launchpad programme has been stellar! We’ve been blown away by the volume and range of ideas from across the country. Unfortunately we can’t invite everyone who applied to our warm-ups, which are the next stage of assessment in our hunt for the ten ideas with the greatest potential. … Continue Reading →

Want to join the Ākina team?

Good news! Ākina is looking for a new venture manager to join our team in Auckland. Are you who we are looking for? Do you want to… Search out high potential ideas and entrepreneurs Work with government, private and philanthropic organisations in growing the social enterprise sector Work with a stellar team of experienced professionals … Continue Reading →

Launchpad takes off!

Applications for the Launchpad closed on Sunday 29 June, and we’ve been blown away by the response! All up, we’ve received 134 applications from people based across the country – from the Far North to Dunedin. We have applicants of all ages, and, from a first peek, some exciting ideas for business ideas that could … Continue Reading →

Launchpad has lift-off!

When we announced our new name last week, we promised we would release more information about the Launchpad, our accelerator pilot, today… Well, we’re keeping our promise! We’re officially launching our new programme today. You may also spot us in the press and online – take a look at today’s issue of Element as a … Continue Reading →

Haere rā Hikurangi… Haere mai Ākina!

We’re expanding our mission and stepping up our activity across Aotearoa New Zealand, building on the energy of everyone who has been involved with the Hikurangi Foundation since 2008. One of the most obvious changes you’ll see from today is our new name – the Ākina Foundation. We’re changing our name to help us describe … Continue Reading →

Finding Ideas that Matter

A couple of weeks ago, Dave, one of our resident venture managers, had the pleasure of running a workshop at Festival for the Future with Emma, Matt and Emilie from Empathy. The topic was ‘Finding Ideas That Matter’. The goal for the session was to help the participants be ready to start something that leaves … Continue Reading →

Growing Social Enterprise in Auckland and Northland

We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with the ASB Community Trust. The Hikurangi Foundation and ASB Community Trust are working together in the Auckland and Northland region to: • Deliver specialised social enterprise support services to assist ASBCT partners in growing effective social enterprise activity through the ASBCT’s new Centre for Social Impact, which … Continue Reading →

Hikurangi welcomes Anake Goodall and Brad Jackson to the Board

A warm welcome to our new trustees – Anake Goodall and Brad Jackson! We’re thrilled that Anake and Brad have joined Rod Oram, Gavin Fernandez, Nick Gerritsen and Louise Parkin to guide and govern the Hikurangi team over the coming years. Rod Oram, the Chair of Hikurangi says that Anake and Brad bring immense talent, … Continue Reading →

SROI study proves impact of Bikes in Schools

The Hikurangi Foundation, The Nature of Business and Social Ventures Australia have worked together to complete a compelling Social Return on Investment study for Bikes in Schools. When the Hikurangi Foundation met Paul McArdle in 2012, the Bikes in Schools founder was working with primary schools all over the country to provide pupils with access … Continue Reading →