Open Challenge Accelerator

Are you looking to boost your business and make the world a better place? Look no further, the Open Challenge Accelerator is the right fit for you!

The Open Challenge Accelerator is an entrepreneurial support programme designed for entrepreneurs wanting to grow a business that does good for people, prosperity and the planet. We combine the international experience of our Impact Hub network with high-quality local expertise to deliver a hands-on business acceleration programme that is unique to New Zealand.

IS THIS YOU?

If you identify with any of the above, then you should join the next cohort of the Open Challenge Accelerator! Register your interest early and you’ll be the first to know when applications are open. More information about what’s involved and how to apply below.  

ARE YOU AN IMPACT-DRIVEN STARTUP OR ORGANISATION LOOKING TO GROW AND SCALE YOUR OPERATIONS AND IMPACT IN AOTEAROA AND BEYOND?

Impact Hub will be delivering the Open Challenge Accelerator in late 2021-early 2022. 


WHAT YOU’LL RECEIVE 


OUTCOMES

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MEET THE OPEN CHALLENGE COHORT OF 2020 

8 teams were selected for the programme in 2020, which delivered 8 months of capacity building workshops, coaching, mentoring and expert advice, peer-2-peer support and international connections through our global network of startups and entrepreneurs.

 


HERE’S WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

‘I really valued the level of interest and extra assistance by Paul and Ella (Impact Hub team) within our social enterprise on using their skills to help out with whatever is needed. The workshops were all not to be missed because of the extremely high calibre of workshop presenters. It was also great to have people really helping with giving feedback and refining your pitch, so that you have an Investment ready pitch whenever you need it.’


 Rory Birkbeck, Founder of Safe Surfer


‘The programme has been instrumental in helping me to understand much more deeply what is actually involved in growing a business to become viable and sustainable. There really is a lot more to it that I would ever have thought. I think that it has helped me to see what needs to happen and what a successful business looks like in a realistic way.’

 

Kelly Gyde, Founder of Brainy Picture People 



STEPS TO APPLY

  1. Fill out the online application form

  2. Have a 45 min call with our team

  3. Share any requested additional documentation e.g. Pitch Deck, Lean Canvas or Business Plan and a video submission in which you introduce yourself, your company and why you want to be in this cohort (~10 mins)

  4. Selection

  5. Admission and intake

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAMME


PROGRAMME FEES

Highly subsidized by our funders (actual value is approx. ~20K), the fee for the 6-month programme is $2000 excl. GST.

If this investment is a barrier to participation for you and your impact venture, please get in touch with the Impact Hub Waikato team.

 

PROGRAMME PARTNERS





OUR FUNDERS