Make your ideas a reality

It's not just about dreams and ideas, it's about making them happen. 

Northland has a rich history as a place of new beginnings and opportunities. This is matched with a powerful 'can-do' attitude that makes our people resilient and tenacious. We see this every day with new businesses starting up from the back yard, around a kitchen table and out on the land and water. Friends and family come together to create new ventures, filled with energy and excitement about the possibilities and what the future may bring. This is the passion of Tai Tokerau Northland that drives our people, our whanau, our businesses and our region to reach for the stars and beyond.

“What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake (1757-1827)
Startup 101

5 Ways we can help your new venture

→ Assess your business needs
→ Help you plan your next steps
→ Connect you to the right networks and contacts
→ Find events, programmes and other opportunities
→ Facilitate government funding and services.

Starting out in business shouldn't be lonely

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Startup support

  • Startup mentoring

    pexels photo 551657The Business Mentors six-month startup programme is the perfect way to accelerate and test your business idea. You’ll gain access to the skills, knowledge and understanding of a successful business person who has already travelled the startup journey and knows what it feels like to start a new venture.

    Working in association with Business Mentors NZ this is about matching you with the most appropriate mentor and making sure you’re getting the right advice for the stage you’re at.

    Learn More  Sign up

  • Incubator Programme

    people 2557396 640Northland Inc has partnered with ecentre Massey to provide a Northland based founder Incubator service.  

    ecentre is a not-for-profit offering business incubation services to start-up founders, as well as results-oriented programmes that provide a structured approach to validating and developing business ideas, customer acquisition, investment readiness, and export growth.

    Learn More  Apply Today

  • Getting Started Grant

    pexels photo 212286The Getting Started Grant is designed to help you navigate through R&D roadblocks – whether it's troubleshooting, basic prototyping, project planning, technical feasibility studies, development of an Intellectual Property strategy or determining product specifications and user requirements. It also supports businesses to access technical expertise to take your development in the right direction.

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  • Capability Development Vouchers

    pexels photo 401683Northland Inc is part of the nationwide Regional Business Partner Network, which includes New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation.

    The Capability Development Vouchers can be put towards a wide range of business training including business planning, marketing, finance, business systems, staff management, governance, sustainability, lean business, business operations and export development.

    Learn More  Register Now

Startup Stash

We know it's not easy to start so here are some resources to help you navigate your journey.

What's happening in our region - Startup


The Pick:2019

Northland's Business Ideas Competition

Northland is full of great ideas. The purpose of The Pick is to increase the number of businesses in Northland and to promote what a great place Northland is to be entrepreneurial. We want more people challenging their 9-5 norm and doing what they are passionate about.

Northland's Economic Development Agency, Northland Inc and Northland's newest business and events hub The Orchard have tools and resources available to springboard dedicated, local entrepreneurs from idea to application.

Meet past winners Register interest for 2019
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Put your ideas onto paper

This is a great workbook full of questions and examples to help you get your business thinking in order.

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