Launchpad

We want to help you get your social enterprise idea off the ground.

Launchpad is Ākina’s programme to get New Zealand’s best social enterprise ideas off the ground in six months. The first Launchpad was held in 2014/15 – read more here.  It is an intensive accelerator for teams with big ideas who will benefit from support, coaching and training from a dedicated team of handpicked professionals and social enterprise experts from across New Zealand. Launchpad is designed to take inspired business ideas and turn them into tested, investment-ready social enterprises that will have a big impact on a social or environmental problem.

The programme offers teams the opportunity to learn about the business skills needed to develop and run a successful social enterprise. They have access to start-up training, mentoring and leadership coaching and learn how to use business innovation processes to build a sustainable business model, covering Lean Startup, business modelling, strategy, finance, sales and marketing.

Alongside the theory and tools, teams get access to successful social entrepreneurs who will share their experience and advice.

Meet the Launchpad teams

The teams gain from:

  • A powerful and supportive learning environment – provided by a close-knit group of teams supporting and inspiring each other
  • A structured development pathway with clear timeframes and milestones
  • Learning how to use business innovation processes to build sustainable and successful business models
  • Support and guidance from a dedicated team of handpicked professionals and social enterprise experts
  • Access to a network of world-class mentors from all sectors across the country
  • A pathway to future funding – opportunities to engage with a broad range of external funding partners (to secure grants, loans, equity, hybrid arrangements etc as required)
  • The potential for ongoing coaching and support from Ākina after the programme has concluded.

Details for the next Launchpad have not been finalised yet. However, if you’re interested in participating in a future Launchpad, let us know with this form and we’ll keep you updated.