An accelerator for social enterprises creating 
employment in Auckland
 

why join?  ngā whāinga

ACCELERATE YOUR GROWTH THROUGH LAUNCHPAD WORK

GROW

Carve a robust path to scale backed by a dedicated business growth coach and a network of pro-bono professionals

CONNECT

Join a group of high-performing leaders that share your passion, ambition and challenges.
 

ACCESS

Gain access to potential customers, partners, potential funders and investors for growth

FUNDING

Opt-in to receive $10,000 from the SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust to support your participation 
 

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what is it?   whakamārama

Launchpad Work is New Zealand’s first business accelerator for ambitious social enterprises, whose purpose is to provide jobs for individuals facing the greatest barriers to work.
 
It’s a 6-month intensive programme dedicated to accelerating the growth of up to 10 enterprises. Based in Auckland in 2017, Launchpad Work is powered by Ākina Foundation with support from corporate, philanthropic and public sector partners. 
 
Applications for the 2017 program have now closed. 

key dates  maramataka

15 DEC
APPLICATIONS OPEN

 

13 FEB
APPLICATIONS CLOSE

 

1 MAY
ACCELERATOR STARTS

what we're looking for?  aromatawai

TALENTED TEAMS WITH AN AMBITION TO GROW

Leadership
Rangatiratanga
We look for teams that have demonstrated experience in the area of business, a track record of action and an appetite for ambitious growth. People may describe your team as capable, entrepreneurial, compassionate, pragmatic and business-minded. 

Impact
Mana Tangata
We look for participating enterprises that:
 > aim to grow jobs for those that need them the
most, and
 > have previously provided quality employment experiences to target employees. 

Growth Potential 
Iti Rearea

We look for evidence that the business has the potential to grow such as secured customers, an operational product or service, and the ability to compete and generate profit. 

Alignment
Hāngai

We seek Social Enterprise teams that are prepared for an intensive and challenging path to growth. Teams that actively seek new perspectives, and are ready to commit fully to a structured accelerator programme in 2017. 

who is it for?  mā wai

WE'RE LOOKING FOR NEW AND GROWING ENTERPRISES 

If you’re an early-stage social enterprise, or looking to grow your established enterprise, and your purpose is to create employment opportunities for people that face barriers to finding and keeping a job, then this programme is for you. 
You may be working with youth, former refugees, single parents, people with disabilities, individuals with experience of homelessness, the criminal justice system or mental health difficulties. 
 
Applications for the 2017 programme have now closed.

programme details  taipitopito hōtaka

the commitment 
manawanui

Enterprises will need to commit to full participation for the duration of the accelerator. Participation includes two days a month of in-person group sessions as well as regular sessions with a coach. We also look for a commitment to reaching targets during and after the programme. 

powered by
ākina foundation

In the last year, Ākina directly supported 758 ventures and has seen ~$1.5M invested in ventures. The Ākina team has decades of experience in the community, business, social enterprise and government sectors. Find out more at the Ākina Foundation website.

mentors and supporters 
kaiārahi / kaitautoko 

We also look for talented and committed companies and mentors to join the Launchpad journey. Previous Launchpad supporters have include KPMG, Contact Energy, Auckland University of Technology and SAP. 

partners
hononga

Launchpad Work is supported by Ministry of Social Development and SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust. Together we are commited to enabling the growth of strong social enterprises that deliver positive outcomes for Aucklanders that experience barriers to employment. 

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Mentors and supporters
kaiārahi / Kaitautoko
 

Ventures selected to participate in Launchpad Work will be supported by some of the country's leading mentors. Previous Launchpad supporters have include KPMG, Contact Energy, AUT and SAP.  

“What an experience and privilege to work with the teams from Akina and Patu for the six months during the Launchpad. Eye-opening... and a great opportunity to grow my own leadership capabilities.  Was certainly pushed outside of my comfort zone but absolutely loved every moment of it”  
Launchpad 2014 Support Team Leader.