The global pandemic has opened our eyes to the change that needs to take place in our world, and we’re looking for the changemakers who want to use business as a force for good, and start something new.

Applications are NOW OPEN – apply today!








What is it?

Back to Purpose is an Entrepreneurship Programme for New Impact-Driven Entrepreneurs in New Zealand. Is this YOU? It is a 10-week programme running two times in the first half of 2021.

Through the programme we look forward to upskilling, inspiring and connecting a new wave of changemakers in NZ.

Who is it for?

We are looking for motivated candidates who:
1. are interested in creating and testing their own business idea;
2. and/or want to join a team with fellow participants;
3. and be connected to the vibrant Kiwi startup scene.

Candidates do not have to have a clear idea nor do they have to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship to enter the programme, though a healthy dose of motivation and drive will be required! University and trade school graduates are strongly encouraged to enter. The programme will run in two cohorts of 30 candidates from the North Island, with occasional physical meetings in Hamilton.


What’s the focus?

Our programme is designed to inspire and enable young people looking to create and test a new business idea or join a team of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers.  

By the end of the programme, you can expect to be equipped with the tools and mindset required to start your own business and be connected to a vibrant community of entrepreneurs and startups.

Applications are NOW OPEN – apply today!

Who is behind the programme?

Back to Purpose is a bespoke entrepreneurship programme by Impact Hub Waikato. Impact Hub Waikato is part of a global community focused on building entrepreneurial communities for impact at scale. There are 101+ national and city-based Impact Hubs in operation world-wide, with over 17,000 members. Back to Purpose is supported by the MBIE Workers and Workplace Assistance Fund.

What is the time commitment?

The 10-week programme will run in two cohorts in 2021:
Cohort 1: 25 March - 25 May
Cohort 2: May - June 2021 (dates TBC)

Participants will be able to choose if they prefer to start in the first or second cohort. The programme will kick off with a 2-day physical workshop in Hamilton. After the first week, participants can expect to invest 5 hours per week in the programme. This includes 1-2 90 minute online workshops, 1:1 coaching calls and self-study. Each 10-week programme will end with a physical half-day event in Hamilton, where participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea and network with entrepreneurs, startups, investors, funders and more. Participants are expected to attend 80% of the programme to be eligible to pitch.

What topics will be covered?

We will cover a range of topics relevant to creating and testing a business idea and setting up a purpose-led startup . Some examples include: Design Thinking, Business Modelling, Legal Fundamentals, Impact Measurement and Customer/User Discovery and Experience. These topics will be delivered by experts in the field.

Developing an entrepreneurial mindset and knowing yourself is also key to everyone’s entrepreneurial journey. For that reason, we will also include discussions on what it means to have an Entrepreneurial Mindset and some key differences between being an entrepreneur vs an employee.

How is this different from university?

At Back to Purpose, we do not host workshops where you sit down, listen and leave. We focus on action! Our expert-led workshops are designed to be interactive and practical, so that you have something to work on after every session. You will have key deliverables to work towards and you will pitch your business idea to an audience at the end of the programme.

Furthermore, we bring in entrepreneurs from the impact sector to both lead workshops and share their personal stories and advice. There is also the opportunity to network and potentially join inspiring impact enterprises at the end of the programme as a volunteer or team member.

Alongside group activities like the capacity building workshops, you will also receive 1:1 business coaching and mindset coaching from our team, so that you get the individual support you need to flourish and succeed.

How can you apply?

Applications for the Back to Purpose programme are NOW OPEN and you can apply here. Candidates will be asked to share their personal and contact details as well as their motivation for joining the programme. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.

Expressions of interest and requests for more information are welcome via the form below. Applications close on the 15th of March 2021.

How much does it cost to participate?

The part-time 10-week programme costs NZD 450.00- for waged participants or NZD 250.00- for students / non-waged participants. It is also possible to pay in instalments. Please contact the Impact Hub team if this would be a barrier to your participation in the programme.

Free Impact Hub Membership included

Successful participants will receive a free 6-month membership to Impact Hub Waikato and benefit from discounts to workshops, events, programmes as well as coworking options at our Inspiring Space in Hamilton.

Have a question or need further information?

Questions, expressions of interest and requests for more information are welcome - click here to get in touch!