Who is it for?
We are looking for motivated candidates who:
- are interested in creating and testing a new business idea
- are already in business but are winging it / don’t have a clear vision
- want to be connected to the vibrant Kiwi startup scene.
Candidates of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to apply. You do not have to have a clear idea, nor do you have to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship to enter the programme. The only entry criteria is a healthy dose of motivation and drive!
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's the time commitment?
The programme kicks off with a 2-day in-person workshop. After the first week, participants can expect to invest 5 hours per week in the programme, this includes 1-2 weekly 90 minute online workshops as well as 1-2-1 coaching calls and self-study.
We end with a pitch and networking event, 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 start-up. Some examples include: Design Thinking, Business Modelling, Legal Fundamentals, Impact Measurement, Marketing Strategies 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.
What makes Back to Purpose special?
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 high quality capacity building workshops, you will also receive 1-2-1 business coaching and mindset coaching from our team, so that you get the individual support you need to flourish and succeed.
How much does it cost to participate?
The part-time 8-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 or Auckland (TBA).