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APPLY for Kōkiri 2020

Before you apply – please be aware that we are seeking early stage Māori led, tech based start-up businesses with at least two founders. Ideally you will have a prototype, preferably with some early sales, and your business should be intent on making a positive impact.

Applications will be short listed, with the top 20 teams gaining an invite to a selection wānanga to be held in Hamilton in February 2020, where up to 10 teams will be selected to start a 12 week, in residence programme running from April to July 2020.

Kōkiri aims to accelerate your business progression and growth, develop your team and build on your capabilities as founders, and works to get your business ready for investment.

If selected, your team will receive NZD$10,000 in grant funds, accommodation costs will be covered for the three nights per week you are in residence, plus a $1000 travel fund per team. This is in addition to access to all of the programme content, a co-working space to operate out of, the opportunity to build your network, access to the Global Accelerator Network, and to benefit from Mentors, Coaches, and Advisers – all in a kaupapa Māori environment.

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It’s a first of its kind – a business accelerator dedicated to speeding up the development of early stage Māori businesses.

Support Māori-led start-ups and entrepreneurs to develop innovative products and businesses that will drive growth in New Zealand’s economy

Develop the capability of emerging Māori entrepreneurs through mentoring and specialised training to accelerate their readiness for market entry, investment and growth

Build capability in the Māori entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem.

Kōkiri provides the 10 start-ups businesses with:

  • Business startup workshops
  • Access to a cash grant for the development of your product or innovation
  • Opportunity to identify and obtain the resources you need to grow your business
  • Co-working space and facilities
  • Access to mentors with industry and technical expertise
  • World class business training and mentoring
  • Access to national investor groups
  • Business exposure

All of the application terms and conditions are avaliable here to read and download for your records > Terms & Conditions

If you have any queries, please email

For every team application, a one minute video will need to be created and submitted with the team’s online application.

Video’s can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo then the link submitted as part of the online application process.


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