Terms & Conditions

The terms and conditions contained in this document and on The Pick: 2017 Website (www.thepick.co.nz) comprise the terms and condition for The Pick:2017 business ideas competition (“Terms and Conditions”).

Upon entry, challenge entrants (“Entrants”) agree that they have read, understood and accepted the Terms and Conditions.

A. The Challenge and Entries

  1. The challenge (“Challenge”) is a business ideas challenge that will increase entrepreneurial activity in Northland.
  2. The Challenge is organised and managed by The Orchard Business and Events Hub which is owned by Northland Inc, Northlands Economic Development Agency (“Organisers”).
  3. Eligible Entrants must complete and submit an entry form (“Entry Information”) and provide the details of their business idea (“Idea Details”) to enter the Challenge (“Entry”). Idea Details can be submitted online via www.Thepick.co.nz or an online video can be submitted to info@thepick.co.nz.
  4. Entrants enter the Challenge by completing the Entry Information at The Pick Website and submitting their Idea Details via The Pick Website.
  5. The Challenge begins on 2 June 2017 and closes at midnight on 24 July. All Entries received after the closing date will not be valid. Evidence of having emailed/uploaded an Entry, or other similar digital information, cannot be accepted as proof of delivery. The Organisers are not responsible for lost or corrupted Entries.
  6. Every Entrant warrants that all information submitted is true, current and complete.
  7. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any Entrant who does not comply with the Terms and Conditions.
  8. Every Entrant warrants that to the best of the their knowledge, their Idea Details are new and original and not subject to any third party claim, and that the Entrant owns all intellectual property, trademark or any other ownership and/or moral rights expressed in their Idea Details. The Organisers reserve the right to remove or delete any Entry and exclude the respective Entrant immediately if they have reason to believe that the Idea Details breach, or could be seen to be in breach of, any third party’s legal or moral right(s).

B. Eligibility to enter

  1. Every Entrant must ordinarily reside in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
  2. Every business idea must have the goal to operate in and benefit the Northland Region.
  3. Entrants will be split into three sections:
    - Youth - Entrants aged 24 and under
    - Maori - Entrants who identify as or whose business identifies as Maori.
    - Open – Entrants aged 25 and above
    • Age is determined at the date the Challenge starts (2 June 2017).
    • Entrants may enter the Challenge either as an individual (“Individual Entrant”) or as a team (“Team Entrant”). The age category that a Team Entrant fits into will be determined by the oldest team member of that Team Entrant. Team Entrants are limited to a maximum of four team members, unless given special consideration.
    • To be eligible to accept any prize, Entrants under 18 years of age must nominate one responsible adult per Entry (one per individual and one per team Entry).
  4. Entrants ideas will be spilt into 5 categories:
    - Rural
    - Health and Wellbeing
    - Food and Beverage
    - Tourism
    - General
    Judges maintain the right to swap business ideas to a better suited category.
  5. Multiple Entries are permitted, however each Individual Entrant and each Team Entrant may only win one prize.

Judging and Winners

  1. Entries will be judged in the five categories set out in item B. 4. above.
  2. Individual or team Entries can only be selected once as a winner, despite multiple Entries.
  3. All Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
    a. Clarity of idea
    b. Uniqueness
    c. How Actionable
    d. Marketability
    e. Viability
  4. Stage one: The finalists for stage one will be selected by a panel of judges appointed by the Organisers. Judges will be announced 17 July 2017 and stage one finalists will be announced on 24 July 2017. The finalists’ names will be published on The Pick Website and The Orchard Facebook Page the same day. The finalists will be contacted by the contact details provided. The judges will select a total of 20 stage one finalists from any of the five categories.
  5. Stage two: The 20 stage one finalists will present their final pitch to the team of judges on 29 November 2017 and there will be 5 overall stage two winners. Winners should be 1 from each category but can be from any category.
  6. If a stage winner cannot be contacted or does not acknowledge receipt within seven days of being selected as a finalist, the Organisers may select another finalist on the judges’ recommendations.
  7. The judges and Organisers’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

D. Prizes

The 20 stage one finalists will receive the following finalists pack.

Stage one prizes:

- Mentorship – the organisers will pair each entrant up with a suitable mentor.
- Orchard Hot Desking Time – each entrant will be allocated Orchard hot desking time.
- Professional skills support – the support will be dictated by the nature of the business.
- Industry connections – the organisers will endeavour to link the entrant up with suitable networks within that industry.
- Any other support offered by event partners

Stage two prizes:

- An assigned business Mentor – the organisers will pair each entrant up with a suitable mentor through the business mentors programme.
- Orchard Hot Desking Time – each winner will be allocated Orchard hot desking time or a permanent desk.
- Professional skills package – the support in this package will be dictated by the nature of the business.
- Industry connections – the organisers will endeavour to link the entrant up with suitable networks within that industry.
- Access to support to achieve investment through the appropriate debt or equity structure
- Any other suitable support offered by event partners

  1. For the avoidance of doubt, in no circumstances will the prizes be made up of cash.
  2. The prizes are not redeemable for cash, not transferable to any other person, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
  3. If a prize, or part of a prize, becomes unavailable for any reason, the Organisers reserve the right to limit entry, cancel, or amend the prize at its own and sole discretion, including providing the winners with a substitute prize, either in full or in part.

E. Privacy

  1. The information provided on the entry form will be used to contact the Challenge finalists. The names of the finalists and prize winners will be published on The Pick website along with the title of the winner’s Idea Details and/or a short summary of the winner’s Idea Details, (the full details will not be published). In addition, the finalists consent to the Organisers using their names, suburb and a short summary of the Idea Details for promotional purposes.
  2. All Entrants consent to their personal information being shared between the Organisers who may contact Entrants in regards to future promotions or competitions.
  3. The prize winners consent to participate and co-operate as required in all promotional activities relating to the Challenge.
  4. The entry forms will not be returned. The Organisers may contact Entrants to provide feedback on their Entries.
  5. All information provided by the Entrants will be collected, used, stored, disclosed and corrected in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. All Entrants have the right to access their information and request that any personal information held to be corrected.
  6. Except as provided for in the Terms and Conditions, the Organisers will keep Idea Details confidential. Entrants retain ownership of their Idea Details including any intellectual property therein.

F. Exclusions

  1. The Organisers reserve the right to exclude any Entrant from participating in the Challenge at its sole discretion. The Organisers also reserve the right to refuse to award a prize to an Entrant who is in breach of the Terms and Conditions, gained an unfair advantage in participating in the Challenge, or won a prize by using fraudulent means.
  2. The Organisers will not be liable for any claims for loss, damage or injury whatsoever or for any physical or mental injury suffered by any Entrant, finalist or prize winner as a result of, or in connection with, the Challenge or any prize won in the Challenge.
  3. The Organisers reserve the right to amend or change the Terms and Conditions at any time at their sole discretion, including extending, postponing or cancelling the Challenge.
  4. The Terms and Conditions shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of New Zealand and shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of New Zealand courts.