Northland’s Startup Business Competition is back in 2019

The Pick is entering its third year and each year it’s a little different. This time Northlanders are invited to join a 20 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.


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’re not rocket surgery… often taking a back-to-basics approach to build in structural strength

Past Picks

What to Expect from The Pick:19

  • useful and inspiring workshops – either in person or online
  • time set aside to focus on your business (or business idea)
  • exposure to new ideas – horizon thinking – as well as to tried and tested classics
  • 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 3: registrations close at midnight

June 11: winners announced

June 21: programme complete


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.