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

Coming in September, Co-Creatives is a 12 week programme designed to enable creative founders to successfully launch or grow their own creative business. 

Applications close August 27th at 5pm.

Co-Creatives is proudly supported by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage

What is Co-Creatives?

Co-Creatives is a brand-new 12-week programme, here to help aspiring creatives launch or grow their own business, through a series of entrepreneurial learning and artistic uplift modules.

During 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.

Is this you?

  • Aged 16 - 35yrs 
  • Currently live in the South Waikato district
  • Have an artistic or creative skill 
  • Have a side hustle which utilises that skill, that you’d like to grow, or
  • Have a desire to start a business using that skill
  • Have a focus on Māori  or Pacific art forms

If you identify with any of the above, then you're probably a good fit for the programme. 

Applications close August 27th at 5pm.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for creatives who are both passionate about their craft, and also want to build an income stream from that craft. We use the word ‘creatives’ in it’s widest sense, including those who work in:

  • Visual Arts
  • Tech Arts (media, VR, gaming)
  • Performing Arts
  • Māori Arts
  • Pacific Arts
  • Design & Fashion
  • Music
  • Craft & 3D Art

You must be looking to commercialise your offering, whether that be through starting a businesses, growing or launching a side hustle, or developing an income stream through your art. This may include:

  • Selling your art online
  • Starting your own digital business (creating digital products or services)
  • Starting a consultancy practise or course (teaching a skill, providing a service etc)
  • Starting a collaboration with other artists

Who should not apply?

If you are an artist who is not looking to generate income in any structured way, then this is not the programme for you. We are only looking for those who want to develop their craft AND commercialise their offering.

What will you receive?

  • 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
  • A check in with your mentor per week
  • A session with your buddy per week 
  • Wellbeing check-ins

What is your commitment?

Our 12-week programme requires a part-time commitment of approximately 2 days per week. 

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

In between these two stays, you will work through 2 modules each week - including an entrepreneurial learning session, and an artistic uplift session. 

One module will take place in-person each week. These will be half-day or full-day sessions, which you can join from Impact the Hub’s co-working space in Tokoroa CBD. 

The other module will be delivered online for 1-2 hours during the daytime or evening. You can join from home, or Impact Hub in Tokoroa.

You'll also need to attend a full-day community event on November 30th, and an awards evening on December 1st.

Key Dates

  • Applications open 01 August
  • Applications close 27 August
  • Participants are selected and advised by 01 Sep
  • Participants onboarding 9/11 Sep (2-night stay at a South Waikato marae)
  • Programme runs 12 Sept - 27 Nov
  • Noho Marae 25/27 Nov (2-night stay at a South Waikato marae)
  • Community Showcase - Wed 30 Nov
  • Awards Dinner - Thursday 01 Dec

Applications close August 27th at 5pm.

The Cost

Due to the incredible support of the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, Co-Creatives requires a bond of $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, we may be able to provide assistance. 

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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