Entries are now closed and finalists have been selected. View the finalists hereAbout
The Pick:2017 is a business ideas challenge for the local, everyday people of Northland.
We’re not asking you to invent the next Facebook or Xero, we just want to know what simple business ideas you have.
Any idea could take out this comp, but are you up to the challenge?
Submit your business idea in snap shot form; tell us why you and your business idea are unique and throughout the steps in this competition we could help you tick the business plan boxes and launch your very own business.
All entries are treated confidentially; we won’t steal your idea -but if you’re successful you’ll be shouting it to the world.
Northland is full of great ideas.
The sole purpose of The Pick:2017 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.
Northlands Economic Development Agency, Northland Inc and Northlands newest business and events hub, The Orchard have tools and resources available to springboard dedicated, local entrepreneurs from idea to application.
Remember that awesome business idea you had that one time?
Hold onto that thought. Here’s how it works...
Your idea will fit into 1 of 5 categories:
And you yourself will fit into 1 of 3 sections:
Stage one Launch
Stage One top 20 winners announced
View the full list of finalists →
Stage two Launches
Throughout stage two there will be various workshops to build your concept.
Stage Two judging day
Stage Two Winners announced. 1 per category.
Stage 1 – 20 winners
Up to $5k worth of support and professional services to help you take your business from idea to concept. Includes:
- Orchard hot desking time
- Professional skills support
- Industry connections
- Support to develop business plan
- Start-up workshops
Stage 2 prize – 1 winner from each category
Up to $30k worth of support and professional services to help you take your business from concept to action. Includes:
- An assigned business mentor for 1 year
- Permanent desk in The Orchard
- Professional skills package
- Industry connections
- Support to gain investment
Stage one: all of the ideas will be judged by our sponsors and the top 20 ideas will move onto stage two.
Stage two: The top 20 ideas will pitch to the following judges on 29 November and there will be 5 final winners.
|Judging||Stage 1 weighting||Stage 2 weighting|
|Clarity of idea
Does it make sense and are you passionate about it?
What sets this apart? Why are you the best person to run it?
What’s it going to take to launch off?
Will people buy it?
How successful will it be? ROI?