Venture Up 2020

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

Venture Up is an immersive online course designed to support young aspiring leaders and changemakers.

Since 2015, we’ve brought over 200 youth together in a collaborative space and taught them essential entrepreneurial leadership skills for their future.

LEARN THE SKILLS AND TOOLS OF THE FUTURE.

The online course puts you in the driver seat, as you work through tried and true startup strategy and methodologies. You’ll learn to manage your time efficiently and strengthen your self-motivation to stay on track throughout the course and achieve your goals.

  • Discover and design a business idea that you know the world wants.
  • Learn how to prototype your solution with the help of your customers.
  • Create a pitch that launches your business into the community and world.
mikayla stokes

MIKAYLA STOKES
Founder, TechGirls

Everyone had such positive things to say about it [Venture Up] but I was still unsure what to expect. I never really understood what they had meant until I did the programme and now. Everything I was told (and more!) is so true, and I really wish I could be in that environment every day."

Mikayla was a participant in Venture Up 2019. She is a student (Bachelor of Engineering), founder of TechGirls and Youth Board member.

She’s an advocate for young girls to pursue careers in STEAM fields and was recognised for her work at the 2018 Girlboss TradeMe Awards and as the ASB Bright Sparks Overall Female winner and AgriTech award.

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JACKSEN LOVE AND NICK HYLAND
Co-founders, Flamingo

It’s been a journey but we constantly use the skills that we learnt at Venture Up – such as the process of validating new business ideas with your customers before committing time and resources to them or most importantly resilience!

Nick and Jacksen were participants of Venture Up 2016. After going their separate ways to pursue careers in business advisory and software development the two joined forces again in 2018 to launch Flamingo

The popular pink electric scooters provide a fun, safe and easy way to get around town, while reducing reliance on cars and easing congestion on road.

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MATT LAMASON
Founder and owner Peoples Coffee

Matt is the founder of Peoples, a fair trade and organic coffee brand. Peoples is stocked in many New Zealand cafes with the success of this being credited to Matt’s focus on a diverse team and staying true to the company's core values.

Get access to the best in their fields.

Being part of Venture Up gives you access to the greatest in their fields. Get real-life insights from professionals who are out there right now, smashing it.

We'll teach you how to approach a new potential mentor confidently, and how to get the most out of your mentorship to support you through and beyond Venture Up.

Learn from the brightest in business.

The world is changing, and so has Venture Up. The programme is delivered online over a four-week period. This gives you the flexibility to build your business around your life.

Each topic is taught by business leaders who have done it all before. You’ll then have access to a library of CHQ resources and tools that provide the template to design, build and grow your idea.

You won’t have to do it alone though, your CHQ innovation coach and community of alumni who have done it all before will be there to answer any questions and support your learning.

jessie wong

JESSIE WONG
Founder and CEO, Yu Mei

I’m inspired by the determination of the teams, and the time with them makes me reflect on what my team and I do. I go back to the Yu Mei studio with a renewed sense of excitement and direction.

Jessie is the founder and director of Yu Mei, a leather goods label that focuses on creating bags built for purpose to carry with ease dedicated to the creation of understated luxury. Yu Mei not only make their customers the inspiration for their products, but also include them in every aspect of the design process along the way.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Apply as an individual and we’ll match you with other like-minded people to get a business idea rolling.

Or apply as a team if you already have a business idea you want to work on together.

Thanks to the Ministry of Youth Development we are able to provide scholarships to New Zealand-based students so you can participate at no cost.

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