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Make Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True with Amp It Up 2024!

Do you have a business idea that's ready to take off? Or are you an aspiring entrepreneur

with a startup you're eager to validate?


We're excited to announce that applications are open for our 2024 Amp It Up program! This isn't just any business program. It's a 10-week series of workshops, crafted to help you transform your idea into a reality, and it’s FREE. Hosted in partnership with leading business growth agency CO.STARTERS, collaborate with others who share your entrepreneurial spirit as we equip you with essential business skills, guide you through validating your idea, and connect you with a network of fellow entrepreneurs.

We are looking for innovative and motivated individuals to be part of our second Amp It Up program. Each week the cohort will work through a theme/topic together, with local entrepreneurs and professionals attending as guest speakers to share their knowledge and inspiring stories; plus there is over $2,000 worth of prize money to be won to help you on your business journey.

Last year's Amp It Up was a huge success, fostering the growth of 16 local, small businesses. Participants gained newfound knowledge, insights, and connections that propelled their growth.

A standout example is Fleur from Treat NZ, whose business has soared with a 400% growth rate since the programme. Her achievements didn't stop there; she went on to win “Best Emerging Business” at the Taupō business awards and was a runner- up in Icehouse Ventures' First Cut Challenge.

But don't just take our word for how transformative this program has been. Hear it directly from some of our 2023 cohort:

  •  “The program is an amazing opportunity to spotlight emerging local businesses and ideas; helping them break into the business scene. The connections you make will last a lifetime, and the insights gained from the course will open countless doors!” Fleur from Treat NZ

  • “It's a great experience and helps with forming business relationships in the community with other hard working like minded individuals.” Holly from Houndstooth Interiors 

What we need from you:


  • Commitment to attend all 10 workshop sessions, which will be held on Wednesday evenings, starting 20th March 2024.

  • Participation in the 'Pitch Night' where you will pitch your idea to a panel of judges. But don't worry - we will support you throughout the program so that you feel confident and excited to pitch your idea! 


Spaces are limited, so don't wait! Apply now to secure your spot. For more details and to submit your application click here.



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