The Pick:19 – The Business Bootcamp

The Pick:19 featured 12 weekly workshops, dividing focus between best practice for business basics, and inspiring business owners through exposure to thought leaders and innovators.

The aim was to make it accessible and enjoyable. We wanted the programme to be doable within four hours a week, at a time and location that suited the participant. It was also free to Northlanders.

Think of The Pick:19 as a bootcamp for business, or as professional development for our entrepreneurs, at no cost to them.

The Kaupapa of The Pick is to strengthen Northland’s economy by building business capability into entrepreneurs. The Pick has become part of what makes Northland an increasingly attractive place when deciding where to base a startup.

We know that most successful founders failed many times before they hit the big one.

The business idea someone’s working on right now might not be the one that succeeds but if we use that idea and make an investment in the capabilities of the person behind it, we increase the chances of future success and we strengthen the entrepreneurial talent of Northland.

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.

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.