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 →

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 →