Startup sessions

Building your entrepreneurial capability

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Build your entrepreneurial skills and get the guidance you need to launch or grow your startup.

This offering has been created specifically for new founders and small business owners. If you are looking to upskill and deepen your understanding of what it takes to run a business, you’ve come to the right place.

Dive deep into specific topics with our free startup sessions, run by experts in their sector. Each session runs in-person, from our Wellington office, and online.

Startup sessions open now.

New rounds of Startup Sessions are available now. Spaces are filling in quick, book your spot now.

Boost your skills with our Startup Sessions

Learn from industry experts. Pick a topic and dive right in – you’ll gain essential business skills to help you advance your idea.

Sessions are free and run 5:30-7:00pm both in person and online.

Check out our upcoming sessions starting 25 July 2023.

Goals, vision and business potential

How can you set your startup goals, define your vision and uncover your business potential? This course encourages a “big picture” mentality, guiding you through the process of setting impactful short and long-term goals. Discover what sets you and your startup apart, and set the stage for success with tailored goal-setting strategies.

Tuesday 25 July | 5.30pm – 7pm

Founder Wellbeing 

How can you maintain your mental health and wellbeing while building a startup? Prioritising self-care is crucial for founders. This session will discuss wellbeing from the founder perspective and the importance of self-care.

Tuesday 1 August | 5.30pm – 7pm


Navigating the financial landscape of your startup is crucial to its survival and growth. This session will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of essential financial concepts for your founder journey. Create a firm foundation on your financial fundamentals to ensure your startup’s financial health.

Tuesday 8 August | 5.30pm – 7pm


What does effective marketing look like for your startup? Should social media be part of your strategy? In this session, we delve into these questions and more, laying a strong foundation for your marketing initiatives. We’ll give you an overview of branding, design thinking, trends and research.

Tuesday 15 August | 5.30pm – 7pm


Sales – that’s a big topic! In this session, we distill this complex topic to help you understand your sales approach to align with your unique circumstances. It’s not just about making sales; it’s about understanding your target audience, how your product fits in the market, and leveraging available resources for successful conversions.

Tuesday 22 August | 5.30pm – 7pm

Raising Capital 

What are funding and investment? What capital opportunities exist for startups? What do investors look for, and how do you pitch to them effectively? Join this session to demystify the process of raising capital, and gear up for successful investor interactions.

Tuesday 29 August | 5.30pm – 7pm

Other opportunities

Are you further along in your entrepreneurial journey? Make sure to check out our other startup programmes: The Incubator and our accelerators.

Plus keep an eye out for more announcements coming later this year! We’re developing a micro-learning journey to help founders along their way. This will be made up of access to key resources, inspirational stories and some key tips and tricks from those who have been through it all.

Keep up to date

Leave us your email and we’ll keep you up to date with the latest startup opportunities and course announcements.

Work from our space

If you are a startup looking for a shared space to work from, get in touch. A desk, free coffee, and a community of innovators is waiting for you.

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