Are you an entrepreneur interested in progressing an idea that has a social or environmental purpose?


Ākina Foundation’s Elevate – Christchurch programme is designed as a starting point for developing, testing and refining your social enterprise ideas and activities. It will cover the following critical aspects needed to support your journey: Impact, Customers & Marketing, Finance & Sustainable Funding and Operations.

How does it work?



Up to two people from your organisation will work within a group learning environment through both workshops and mentoring sessions. There’s a limit of 10 ventures per programme, so get in quick.

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Applications close 5pm, 30 March 2018.

Programme Cost

The full cost of Elevate is $3,999.00There is potential for financial support to be provided by Regional Business Partners and for non-profits through the Rata Foundation for up to 50% of programme costs. Please contact us if you need more details on eligibility and how to access this support.


Programme Details


Estimated Time Commitment:

  • One 3 hour workshop per week during each module (this includes one to one mentoring). The programme contains four modules during 2018, and each module runs for 4 weeks.

What You’ll Do:

  • Learn from SE practitioners through interactive workshops.
  • Practice and apply the concepts you learn on your own Social Enterprise.
  • Gain more confidence and a better understanding of your Social Enterprise

Workshops will cover the following critical aspects needed to support your journey:



What You’ll Get:

  • A clear action plan that will help you create a strong business foundation for your early-stage organisation.
  • Feedback from experienced mentors and a community of like-minded learners.
  • A Certificate of Completion to post to your professional network (based on completion of course requirements).
  • Be part of a cohort that will live on beyond the program.
  • Cake when we celebrate the end of each module!!



How to Apply


To apply for a spot in Elevate, click here and answer two short questions. Applications close 5pm, 30 March 2018.

And if you don’t understand everything on this page that’s ok, you may be just who we’re looking for! Please send us your questions or if you’d like to speak to someone about Elevate, feel free to get in touch with the team at