Rotary kick-start award winner LearnCoach making NCEA clear and simple for everyone.

LearnCoach is the 2016 winner of the Rotary Club of Wellington Social Enterprise Kick-start, run in conjunction with the Ākina Foundation. In 2012, Dave Cameron (not Britain’s ex-Prime Minister!), had a vision: to make NCEA clear and simple for everyone. Together with co-founder and overqualified doctor Deborah Lambie, Dave used his powers of communication and, for … Continue Reading →

Journey of Tairāwhiti Social Entrepreneurs Continues

Ideas are coming together and business models are being developed and tested in the lead up to the final stages of the Thrive Tairāwhiti programme. Thrive Tairāwhiti is a partnership between Ākina Foundation and Eastland Community Trust, supported by NZ Post and Kiwibank, to facilitate 14 local social entrepreneurs on a journey of discovery around … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise World Forum 2017

Kia ora koutou, This month’s newsletter is focused on the Social Enterprise World Forum that will be hosted in Christchurch next year between the 27th and 29th September. The countdown to SEWF is on, and starts in concert with Government releasing a report on growing social enterprise and social finance in Aotearoa New Zealand. To … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth

New Zealand needs to grow a dynamic market of social enterprises, with access to appropriate capital, says a new report Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth. Prepared by a strategic group, the report supports social enterprise as an innovative and viable mechanism to drive economic prosperity in New Zealand. The report also proposes … Continue Reading →

Registrations Open for MSD and Ākina Acceleration for Results Programme

Registrations of Interest are now closed for Stage 1 of this programme.We expect to open registrations for Stage 2 in December 2016. Today the Ministry of Social Development and Ākina Foundation announced the opening of registrations for a new initiative called Acceleration for Results. Acceleration for Results is a programme aimed at shifting MSD providers … Continue Reading →

Intro to Social Enterprise – Hastings

Intro to Social Enterprise Do you believe it is possible to run a successful business and make a significant positive impact on our world? Not only is it possible but we believe it’s essential for our future.  All over the world, more and more entrepreneurs and organisations are realising the opportunity to drive social and environmental change … Continue Reading →

Thrive Tairāwhiti: The journey begins

THRIVE TAIRĀWHITI SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME UNDERWAY A group of 14 community leaders and aspiring social entrepreneurs have started their journey to develop social enterprises, as part of a programme called Thrive Tairāwhiti. Thrive Tairāwhiti is a four-month development programme for people interested in developing the skills to start a social enterprise: a purpose-driven organisation that … Continue Reading →

Changes to Ākina’s Social Enterprise Support Services

Kia ora koutou, As a result of changes in our core funding, we are making some key changes to the way we offer our social enterprise support services. The details of these changes are live on our website but at a basic level the majority of our services will now be delivered through structured progammes … Continue Reading →

Scaling your Social Enterprise

Chris Blues from the Ākina Foundation will be talking at the next Social Enterprise Wellington Meetup on 2nd August about scaling social enterprise. David Clearwater sat down with Chris to find out more about what to expect. What’s this talk going to be about? In this discussion we’re going to talk about factors you need to … Continue Reading →