What we do

Activate Programme

Next cohorts: Apply Rotorua to start Sept/Oct 2018 | Expressions of Interest South Waikato 

ACTIVATE helps develop a concept and launch a new product, service or a new enterprise – for either commercial or charitable ventures.

Establishing and growing a new enterprise is challenging.  There are so many different areas to be across.  The ACTIVATE programme gives participants coaching and training to set goals, implement actions and increase overall success through business planning to help them work on their idea.

Facilitated by business growth expert Darren McGarvie, co-founder and chief coach of Firestation. Additional facilitation is provided by other organisations such as Employers & Manufacturers Association.

Firestation Incubate includes:

  • 6 Mastery Modules providing training in growth mindset, innovation, business essentials, business planning, online marketing raising finance and pitching & pricing, presented by experienced, local professionals recognised as leaders in their field.
  • 3 Group Review sessions with a facilitated discussion encouraging participants to share their challenges, celebrate their successes, and support each other.
  • 2 Coaching sessions to set goals, actions and plans for business success. Guaranteed placements will receive extended coaching sessions.
  • Launch Plan Presentation at the conclusion of the programme. A range of business plan templates are provided and it is expected participants will complete their plan in their own time (with assistance provided in the individual coaching sessions).

The retail cost of the programme is more than $3,000. Thanks to additional support from Firestation and Employers & Manufacturers Association BoP, organisations that receive the subsidy can participate in the programme for as little as $49+GST per week.

There are a limited number of subsidies and free placements. Free places are reserved for non-profit organisations.

It requires a time commitment of 2-3 hours per week.