The Pick:17 – Business Ideas Competition

The first Pick aimed to increase the number of businesses in Northland and promote what a great place Northland is to be entrepreneurial.

With a whopping 147 entries, we knew that Northland is brimming with talent and enthusiasm. The Pick was born!

After a four month accelerator, during which entrants developed and validated their business idea, portfolios were submitted and pitches were made… the judging took place.

Prizes were a business support package including a suite of professional services and year’s free hot-desk space at The Orchard.

You can read about the winners of The Pick:17 here, in an article by The Northern Advocate.

The Pick:18 – Seed & Grow Your Business

The Pick:18 ran two streams, one aimed at early stage startups, called “Seed” and one for those preparing to raise capital through investment, called “Grow”.

The Pick:18 Seed Startup Business Workshops were held in four Northland locations, Kaipara, Whangarei, Kaikohe and Kaitaia. With a total of 39 entries, workshops focused on business basics such as unique value proposition, customer profile, the importance of brand, competitor analysis and pricing strategy.

The Pick:18 Grow Investment Ready Programme was hosted by The Orchard in Whangarei and live-streamed for remote access across Te Tai Tokerau Northland. With 45 entries, this was a focused programme, intent on delivering the tools needed to prepare for raising capital in New Zealand. The eight winning ventures were invited to pitch at the first Northland Investment Showcase, called The Pick of Northland. The event was a great success and resulted in the early stages of a new angel investor network for Northland.

To read about the winners of The Pick:18 click here for an article by NZ Entrepreneur Magazine.