The Pick '22

Northland's Business Ideas Competition is back for 2022!

Got a great business idea?

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 Northland is full of great business ideas!

Tell us yours and we’ll help you start the journey.

 The Pick is a business ideas competition that helps people who have an idea - or who want to have an idea - to test and develop it into a business model.

 You'll be supported over a 10 week programme by business experts to help explore and hone your idea. Pākihiroa and Whāriki will tautoko Māori pakihi with a navigator to support you through the programme. Finalists will be chosen to present their idea on Pitch Night where the overall winner will be chosen by our panel of business experts.

 

THE PICK 2022 WINNERS

 

 Find out who won this year's competition

How does it all work?

  • Who can enter?

    Anyone with a new business idea (or those that would like to come up with a new business idea) who is based in Te Tai Tokerau.

    Current businesses can enter if they have an idea for a new product or service that hasn't been developed.

  • How to enter
    1. Fill in the online entry form to submit your idea
    2. Your entry will be assessed by our Business, Innovation and Growth team
    3. We'll contact you to let you know if you have secured a place in The Pick 2022
  • Your commitment

    If you are accepted on "The Pick 2022", you will be invited to join a 10 week programme where you'll work with business experts to develop your idea into a business model.

    • Entry deadline extended to 14 February, 2022.
    • The 10 week programme runs once a week from 16 Feb - 24 April, 2022.
    • Sessions will be run kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) around Tai Tokerau depending on Alert Levels
    • You can attend in person or online
    • Finalists will be chosen from all those who complete The Pick 10 week programme and will pitch their idea to our Judge's Panel for the opportunity to win the overall title 
    • Full Terms and Conditions can be downloaded from this page
  • Terms and conditions

    The Pick 2022 entrants are subject to the Terms and Conditions listed below.

    Download the Terms and Conditions

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An epic package of business coaching and support is on offer for our finalists and overall winners.  A big thank you to all our sponsors for their support of the competition with the following prizes.

2 Overall Winners:

  • Duke of Marlborough Hotel: 2 nights for 2 at the Duke of Marlborough including breakfast and 1 dinner for 2 people.
  • Chamber of Commerce: (Includes: Complimentary membership to Chamber of Commerce for a year and an email feature all about your business to the Chamber of Commerce's membership list of 1,400 
  • The Orchard Business and Events Hub: A permanent desk at The Orchard Business & Events Co-working Space for 1 year
  • Northland Inc: As well as supporting you through the whole programme, we'll also  help you generate some media buzz about your business idea using our contacts and experts.
  • BNZ: A business support package which includes:   
    2 x 2hrs/month, use of a meeting room in Partners Centre (Whangarei), for 12 months
    1 x 2hr mentoring session with BNZ Head of Business Development
    1 x 90 min mentoring session with a BNZ Marketing Specialist
    1 x 90 min mentoring session with Head of Northland & Senior Partner
  • Earth's Kitchen - 2 x 100% natural SPF50 EK Sunscreens


3 Finalists:

  • Chamber of Commerce: Complimentary membership to Chamber of Commerce for a year
  • The Orchard Business and Events Hub: Temporary desk space for 2 days per week for 1 year
  • Northland Inc: As well as supporting you through the whole programme, we'll also  help you generate some media buzz about your business idea using our contacts and experts.
  • BNZ: A business support package which includes:
    1 x 90 min mentoring session with a BNZ Marketing Specialist
    1 x 90 min mentoring session with Head of Northland & Senior Partner
  • Earth's Kitchen - 2 x 100% natural SPF50 EK Sunscreens


All entrants:

  • All entrants will receive 10 weeks of business education and support to help you hone your business idea and explore how you can develop it into a business model.


Thank you to our generous prize sponsors who we are delighted to be
working alongside to help Tai Tokerau Northland businesses thrive.

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We are delighted to be working alongside Pākihiroa and Whāriki who will tautoko Māori pakihi with a navigator to
support them through the programme this year.

Pakihi Maori Logo BlockThe Pick 2022 is bought to you by Northland Inc in partnership with Callaghan Innovation, Creative HQ and The Orchard Business & Events Hub.

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Past Pick Winners

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