Registrations for The Pick:19 have closed but we’ll be back in 2020

Keep an eye out for our 2019 sustainability accelerator, register your interest by emailing with the subject line “sustainability accelerator”.¬†

The Pick is Northland’s Business Accelerator & Competition

The Pick is entering its third year and each year it’s a little different. This time Northlanders were invited to join a 12 week “business boot camp”. A business accelerator, The Pick:19 will focus on building core strength into a venture and its leadership. The top five participants will receive a tailored prize package.

Missed the deadline? Fill in the registration form to register your interest for 2020.


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 Picks

What to Expect from The Pick:19

  • 12 weekly workshops with thought leaders – useful & inspiring! Attend in person or online
  • set aside two to four hours a week to focus on¬†your business (or business idea)
  • workshops every Wednesday from 9:15-11:30¬†starting 6 March 2019
  • practical resources for best-practice in your business basics
  • collaboration, mentorship, experience and virtual team
  • flexibility – you can access the course-work from anywhere in Northland
  • an innovative business accelerator with you at its heart

….and in turn we’ll expect you to give it heaps, meet your deadlines and do your best

Timeline for The Pick:19

December 12: registrations open

Feb 13: registrations close at midnight

Feb 20: welcome pack sent out

March 6: first workshop (running every Wednesday 9:25-11:30)

May 29: last workshop (programme complete)

June 11: winners announced


The Pick:19 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.