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.

Applications for Elevate Christchurch have now closed


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


Applications for Elevate Christchurch have now closed