The Pick

The Pick is Northland’s business ideas competition & accelerator programme

The Pick is Te Tai Tokerau’s Business Accelerator & Challenge Competition The Pick will be back in 2021!

What’s an Accelerator?

Accelerators are programmes run all over the world to strengthen and advance startup businesses

Though each accelerator is different, they share common attributes:

  • one key objective: to enable leaders to speed up the progress of an early stage business
  • they provide space for founders to set aside the whirlwind of life and focus on their business
  • they can help you focus on best-practice business basics, while exposing you to new ideas, mentors and opportunities

Past Pick

The Pick will be back in 2021!

Register your interest for next year by emailing us with the subject line “The Pick:2021”.


The Pick

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 The Orchard business and events hub have tools and resources available to springboard dedicated, local entrepreneurs from idea to application.

What was The Pick:19?
12 weekly workshops with thought leaders – useful & inspiring! Attended in person or online
two to four hours a week to focus on your business (or business idea)
workshops every Wednesday from 9:15-11:30
practical resources for best-practice in your business basics
collaboration, mentorship, experience and virtual team
flexibility – accessing the course-work from anywhere in Northland
an innovative business accelerator with you at its heart
….and participants gave it heaps, met their deadlines and did their best!

Register your interest

Prepare yourself for The Pick:2021

Find more resources to help you develop your leadership skills, build core strength into the structure of your business and better understand innovation and best practice in business development.

What's happening with The Pick

The Pick is brought to you by Northland Inc, The Orchard and our friends and partners: Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise,, the Regional Business Partner Network, Northland Regional Council, Kaipara District Council, Whangarei District Council, Far North District Council, Massey’s ecentre and Creative HQ.

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