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

If so, the Community Trust of Southland is offering grants for the following social enterprise development series, which may be just the ticket to advancing your idea.


Ākina’s Elevate – Southland 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.



The programme is made up of four workshops, which you can choose to attend either in evening or morning blocks. Expect to be in a group of around 20 entrepreneurs and at a different venue for each workshop.

Available Workshops




$40 incl. GST (after $400 grant applied from CTOS)
$20 with Student ID


How to Apply

Elevate – Southland is a group programme that aims to provide entrepreneurs with similar values a space and proven frameworks to work on their ideas. To apply for a spot in the programme, click here and answer two short questions or book a video call with programme lead Rachel Montejo at



If you’ve still got questions, or would like to speak to someone about Elevate, feel free to get in touch with the team at