Helping launch, grow and scale businesses and social enterprises in Rotorua. Programme start date May 2018.
ACTIVATE- Subsidised Business Programmes: Start-ups
Get the knowledge, tools and advice to help you work ON your business or social enterprise. Expand your networks with people who understand the challenges and successes you are facing every day.
Setting up and running a business or social enterprise is challenging. In fact, only three out of ten organisations make it to their third birthday, and less than 10% make it to ten years. We can help you beats these odds!
More than 130 organisations have graduated from our training programmes in Rotorua, Taupo and Kawerau. Apply now for subsidised Rotorua Business Training to get the mindset, map and motivation to launch and grow a successful business.
“The best thing was working within a small group and having the opportunity for open discussion. The self-belief and motivation I discovered within myself that I didn’t know I had. Incubate has helped me grow as a leader and helped a motivated team work even better.” Trish Spice – Aquaplus
“I loved being in an environment with others going through the same journey. The program was well put together with actionable steps.” Ellie O’Brien – Fitness Equestrian
“The course covered all the key aspects to help set us on the path to running a successful business. I have an increased strategic focus and approach sales differently. Ultimately, Incubate has made me feel more in control of the business.” Sarah Ziessen – Helium Gallery
Starting a business
Do you have an idea for a business? Or have you had an idea but don’t know how to get it off the ground?
ACTIVATE will help you develop your business idea and get ready to launch. It is a 12-week business training programme to help develop the concept and launch a new product, service or organisation.
Every week you will meet with a professional business coach and facilitator in group sessions to go through the necessary steps to launch: idea development, lean business canvas, market validation, business planning and growth mindset. As part of the course you get two one-on-one business coaching sessions.
You’ll walk away from the programme with a plan to launch your business or product.
Take the first step today to launch your business idea.
Apply now for subsidised placement. Other programmes available are INCUBATE for small businesses and ACCELERATE for medium businesses. More information on all three programmes here.
Firestation and Rotorua Lakes Council are seeking people with a business idea or newly established businesses, social enterprises or charities to participate in programmes to help them launch, grow and succeed.
The subsidised price is $49+GST per week. The programmes are generously funded thanks to Rotorua Lakes Council with a recommended retail price of more than $3,000.
There are a limited number of placements. There are FREE places reserved for non-profit organisations.
All participants receive complimentary use of Firestation meeting rooms.
ACTIVATE is predominantly facilitated by business growth expert Darren McGarvie, co-founder and chief coach at Firestation. Additional facilitation is provided by other organisations such as EMA.
Participants will receive business coaching in one-on-one sessions plus group Mastery training to build business capability. This will help participants to set goals, implement actions and increase overall success through business planning to help them work on their business or social enterprise.
ACTIVATE will commence April 2018 and requires a time commitment of 2-3 hours per week. Most sessions will be held on Wednesdays.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Successful candidates will be required to sign a ‘Pledge of Commitment’.This document confirms that all sessions will be attended, participants understand the need for confidentiality and acknowledge that Rotorua Lakes Council reserves the right to be reimbursed for the cost of the programme should attendees fail to participate to a satisfactory level. It also specifies that high-level financial information must be provided for a period of two years post-programme.
All sessions will be held in Rotorua. Dates and times to be advised. Mastery training sessions are likely to run on Wednesdays. The order of topics may change depending on facilitator availability. Coaching times will vary and a range of time options will be available.