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‘We had no money so we had to think,’ said Lord Rutherford, one of the most illustrious world scientists of all time and the region’s most famous son. And therein lies the story of Nelson Tasman business.

Once an isolated region with land that was neither fertile nor flat, our entrepreneurs relied on their wits and grit to survive. The outcome today is a clever business economy, with entrepreneurs such as Pic’s Peanut Butter, Core Transport Technologies and Sea Dragon transforming from small start-ups to leaders on the world stage. And you could be next…

Starting a new business is both an exciting and nerve wracking experience, and it’s important to make sure that your approach to business is clever right from the very beginning.

That’s where we come in. Our Regional Business Advisor, Mark Maguire, is on hand to connect you with key services, support, financial assistance, and networks to ensure that you have the best platform from which to begin your new business journey.

He can assess your business needs, help you to plan your next steps, introduce you to a clever business network, facilitate government funding and services on behalf of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation, and find events, programmes and other opportunities that will assist you on your extraordinary new business venture.

He provides these services with the help of the Regional Business Partner Network, a network of organisations dedicated to helping New Zealand businesses start and grow.

You can contact Mark on mark.maguire@nelsontasman.nz.

Start-Up Mentoring

Start-Up Mentoring

The Business Mentors Start-up Programme provides six months of mentoring for people who have a new business idea, or are looking for help in starting a new business. The mentors have a wide range of knowledge and experience in the start-up journey and will offer guidance, act as a sounding board, challenge your thinking, help you to validate your idea and support you in developing a business plan for your new venture.

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Getting Started Grant

Getting Started Grant

Up to $5000.

If you’re in the early stages of (or new to) R&D, the Getting Started Grant could give you a kick-start to take your product, process or service solution from development through to commercialisation. Designed to help you navigate through common R&D roadblocks, from troubleshooting through to project planning, prototyping through to Intellectual Property strategies, the grant supports businesses to access the technical expertise necessary to take you in the right direction.

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Co-Starters Programme

Co-Starters Programme

By bringing individuals together to learn from one another, and equipping them with the best tools and resources, the CO.STARTERS programme aims to build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem from which we can create and support a thriving start-up community. The flagship offering of CO.STARTERS is a 9-week, cohort-based program that provides entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn their ideas into actionable business models.

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Capability Voucher Funding

Capability Voucher Funding

Capability Voucher Funding helps business owners to access business training and coaching services by providing them with up to a 50% subsidy towards the registered cost of training/coaching. Such training and coaching services can help you to develop new skills and expertise in-house, and span the areas of business planning, marketing, finance, business systems, staff management, governance, sustainability, lean business, business operations and export development.

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Incubators & Accelerators

Incubators & Accelerators

Being connected with the right advisor, partner, mentor or technology provider to lead you in the right direction is critical when it comes to starting a new business. We can help to identify the expertise you need, connect you with our national and international networks, introduce you to like-minded businesses, provide you with access to shared facilities and leverage the Callaghan partnerships to help you take your idea to commercial reality.

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