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Ten years ago, if you said New Zealand would soon be one of the handful of countries in the space club, regularly sending satellites to space and famous for its space industry, you’d probably have been laughed out of the room. But that’s exactly what has happened, and it’s quite amazing.
There is a new campaign to attract business leaders, employers and talent to the Queenstown Lakes District to help diversify the region’s tourism-based economy. Queenstown Lakes District Council economic development adviser Sharon Fifield said the focus of the $75,000 pilot project was to encourage up to 15 “team builders” to move to the district.
Have you got a good idea for a business, but no funding? A pitch competition opens today aimed at budding entrepreneurs under 30. The First Cut Startup Challenge, backed by Icehouse Ventures' $5 million First Cut fund, is looking for at least 10 finalists, who will appear at its Icehouse Ventures Showcase Event at Spark Arena on August 26.
Behind the closed doors at Fonterra’s Palmerston North research and development centre the latest in cutting edge food and sustainability projects are being worked on. Producing new food items to sell overseas, producing environmentally-friendly packaging or ways of reducing carbon emissions are all areas where people are working.
Westpac will pour $375,000 into an accelerator to help Government departments devise innovative technology-based solutions to problems. Creative HQ sales manager Chris O’Neill said the GovTech startup accelerator was unique globally because it did not focus on public-private collaboration to create solutions, and instead up-skilled government employees to solve problems.
Entrepreneur, businesswoman and feminist Theresa Gattung is putting her money where her mouth is by funding a $2.5 million university-based centre to foster women in entrepreneurship. Apart from the academic side, Gattung wants the centre to teach much-needed practical skills.
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