Grants and help for your new business
There are many free or low-cost opportunities available if you’re in the early stage of business. The more fully formed your business idea is, the more help you’ll be able to get. Whether you’re self-employed, own or run a business, it’s a good idea to do some business planning before you approach any advisors, mentors and funding officers.
Head over to business.govt.nz to find a list of Agencies who can assist with a startup, and details of possible government grants and funding schemes.
business.govt.nz also has excellent tips for preparing a start-up business plan
Regional Business Partner Network
This scheme allows business owners to get access to essential business and training services.
Your business may be eligible for a voucher which can provide up to 50% off these services (up to $5000 every year.)
You’ll need to meet with one of the Regional Business Partner (RBP) advisors first and come up with a plan with their help.
If they determine that your business could greatly benefit from further training, they may issue you with a Capability Voucher, which can then be used with registered services.
This is an ideal grant for a startup business that will set you off on the right foot with some professional expertise and advice.
Head over to the Regional Business Partner Network for details
TSB Good Stuff! Grant
New Zealand’s a country of innovators, with a proud history of Kiwis taking a big idea and making it happen. TSB wants to get behind Kiwis like this and fund concepts which will solve problems and have an impact for the good of New Zealand communities.
TSB Good Stuff! grants are a kick-starter fund to help Kiwis realise their big ideas. It could be anything from developing a new product, service or app, to creating new employment opportunities in the community.
There’ s a total of $200,000 in TSB Good Stuff! grants to give away. As long as your idea hasn’t launched, you can apply for a grant up to $30,000, to help with getting your idea off the ground.