Taupo leading the way in inwards investment

Enterprise Great Lake Taupo was recognised at last week’s Economic Development NZ Awards held in the Bay of Islands for the work it undertook in promoting and supporting innovation and in particular, attracting inward investment for start-up businesses.

“We were honoured and humbled to be recognised through this prestigious awards programme,” said Kylie Hawker-Green, General Manager of Enterprise Great Lake Taupo.  “Receiving a Commendation for our Shed to Stock Exchange cluster of activity is recognition that whilst Taupo may be a small district in the context of New Zealand, we’re punching above our weight in terms of economic development initiatives.”

The Shed to Stock Exchange project is a cluster of work streams that encourage and support innovation and investment, including the Engine Room entrepreneur group, co-working at Kloud Collective, recognising innovation through sponsoring the annual Business Awards programme, hosting NZ Tech Week events that celebrate Taupo’s own innovators and entrepreneurs, and supporting high growth start-ups to achieve their potential with funding guidance and intensive mentoring.

“There are so many Taupo success stories that often go under the radar, as there is a perception that we’re just a holiday town and not a commercial hub,” says Mrs Hawker-Green.  “Taupo is actually a great place for start-ups and entrepreneurs to be based, as our low-cost, high support environment allows for rapid growth.”

“My team are highly engaged with our local start-up community and do all we can to support them to take their great idea and turn it into a viable business,” she said.  “This award is a great acknowledgement of their work and will encourage us to keep pursuing our Shed to Stock Exchange programme.”

The EDNZ Awards Panel was thrilled to receive the nomination from Enterprise Great Lake Taupo and wanted to acknowledge its ground breaking initiative through the Best Practice Commendation for Inward Investment.  


Photo: Kylie Hawker-Green (General Manager of Enterprise Great Lake Taupo) accepts the award from Fletcher Tabuteau (Parliamentary Under-secretary for Regional Development) and Dr David Wilson (Chair of Economic Development New Zealand).

Photo Credit: Colin McDiarmid


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