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Take your idea to the next level with Amp It Up!

Amp It Up in full swing!

Our 2023 Business Start-up programme, Amp it Up is in full swing, with 15 new businesses working through the 8-week workshop-based programme designed to grow, connect, and support ideas and capability.  We are excited to see what's next for this group of people!


Applications for  this program have now closed.  You can still book a Business Support Discovery Session with Katherine, our Business Growth Advisor.  And remember to look out for Amp It Up 2024!!! 

If you have an innovative idea to take your business to the next level or a start-up that you want to work through the validation process, then Amp It Up is a great starting point for your business.  

Hosted in partnership with leading business growth agency Soda, we are offering a free 8 week workshop based programme designed to grow, connect, and support ideas and capability. You will learn how to validate your business idea, understand your customers, and learn all the business basics,  giving you the tools and knowledge to succeed.


With $5,000 worth of prize money to be won, this is an exciting opportunity for Taupō's entrepreneurs  

Session dates and format are as follows:

  • Week 1: Introduction, working style, goals - 14th March 


  • Week 2: Customer profile & competitors - 21st March


  • Week 3: Value proposition, brand, marketing - 28th March


  • Week 4: Business structures & systems - 4th April


  • Week 5: Financials - pricing, breakeven, costs - 11th April


  • Week 6: Financials - cashflow, forecasting - 18th April


  • Week 7: How to pitch your idea - 2nd May

  • Week 8: Pitch practice and feedback session - 9th May

  • FINAL PITCH EVENT: In conjunction with Taupō Tech Week - 16th May

By participating in this course, you'll have the opportunity to pitch your idea to a panel of judges.  We are offering three cash prizes to go towards launching your business


1st - $3500

2nd - $1000

3rd - $500

This is a free workshop. Placement is limited and will be assessed through an application process.
Please fill in the application by following the link below. Applications close 23rd February 2023 and spots will be offered and secured throughout this period and no later than the 28th of February 2023 with the course commencing 16th March

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