Are you a South Waikato-based creative wanting to start a business, develop your side hustle or build an income stream through your craft?

Kicking off in April 2023, Co-Creatives is a 12-week programme designed to enable creative founders to successfully launch or grow their own creative business. 

Applications close March 26th.

Do you have an artistic or creative skill? 

Would you like to commercialise your creative offering? Or, do you have a creative side hustle that you'd like to grow?

Are you based in the South Waikato district?

Then you'd be a great fit for our Co-Creatives programme!

Successful applicants will get to learn from New Zealand's most renowned artists and professionals (such as Anonymouz and Te Haunui Tuna), as they embark on their own creative journey.

What is Co-Creatives?

Co-Creatives is a 12-week accelerator, here to uplift and empower local creatives through a series of entrepreneurial learning and artistic uplift modules.

Throughout the course of the programme, you will get to meet some of Aotearoa's most renowned artists and professionals, and work with them to grow your business acumen and stoke your creative fire.

Applications close March 26th.

Meet the 2022 Co-Creatives cohort

Last year, our first-ever Co-Creatives cohort (including visual artists, photographers, painters, performing artists and more) worked alongside us to create or grow their creative businesses. Click on their images to learn more.

Feel your creative fire burning? Apply to join us for an epic creative journey!

Are you ...

  • Aged 16+?

  • Living in the South Waikato?

Do you ...

  • Have an artistic or creative skill?
    (This may include visual arts, tech arts, performing arts, Māori arts, Pacific arts, design and fashion, music, or craft and 3D art)

  • Have a side hustle that utilises that skill? Or, do you dream of starting a business that uses that skill?
    (This may include selling your art online, creating digital products or services, starting a consultancy practice, or starting a collaboration with other artists)

  • Have a focus on Toi Māori or Toi Pasifika?

If you meet one or more of these criteria, we'd love to hear from you!

What do you get from us?

  • The opportunity to learn from New Zealand's most renowned artists and professionals

  • Access to a series of entrepreneurial modules (topics include personal branding, business modelling, market research, and marketing strategy)

  • Access to a series of artist modules (topics include digital art and the metaverse, sounds of our whakapapa, and personal branding for artistic entrepreneurs)

  • 2x two-day noho marae stays, along with other participants and programme mentors

  • Regular check-ins with your mentor/buddy

  • Wellbeing check-ins

  • Join our global network of impact entrepreneurs

Have questions about the programme?

What do we expect from you?

Co-Creatives begins and ends with a compulsory 2-day noho marae at a South Waikato-based marae, where you will work with mentors, be welcomed into the programme, and define your objectives.

Throughout the programme, we require a part-time commitment of 8-10 hours, spread across approx. 2 days per week.

This will include:

  • A half or full-day session in our co-working space in Tokoroa's CBD

  • A 1-2 hour online session

  • Completing key deliverables in your own time

Finally, you'll need to attend a full-day community event and an awards evening in June, where we'll celebrate your achievements.

What's the cost?

Thanks to the incredible support of the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, Co-Creatives requires a bond of just $300NZD. 

Impact Hub will refund the full programme fee for participants who complete modules to 80% of the course participation requirement. 

If you think you need support to make the deposit for the programme, please let us know, as we may be able to provide assistance. 

A look into the Co-Creatives journey

Check out the topics that our 2022 Co-Creatives cohort explored throughout the programme. Stay tuned as we reveal more about the topics that we'll dive into this year!

Impact Hub is proud to have the support of Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage for the delivery of Co-Creatives


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