Venture Southland’s Southland Business Update brings you the latest news, events and business services, training and funding opportunities.

Who doesn’t like a good hui?

Have you heard NetHui is coming to Southland on 18 October? NetHui brings people together to learn, share, create, expand networks, discuss the future of the Internet and the challenges and opportunities it brings to us all – personally and professionally. Registrations for NetHui Southland are now open.

At NetHui Southland, you won't see presentations, but rather discussions on topics suggested by us, Southlanders. NetHui brings people together to learn, share, create, expand networks, discuss the future of the Internet and the challenges and opportunities the Internet brings to us all – personally and professionally.

Save the date - NetHui is coming to Southland

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, Ascot Park Hotel

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Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund Round Five

Now open until 19 September 2018, 8am,

Got an idea to support increasing the number of EVs on our roads, particularly for heavy vehicles or to close gaps in charging infrastructure? You may be eligible for funding.

The Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund Round Five is now open until 8am, 19 September 2018 and is an opportunity to receive co-funding for up to 50% for your EV project.

If you would like support on an application, please contact Cathy Jordan 



Electrification of the Southern Scenic Route

Eight electric vehicle chargers will be installed along the Southern Scenic Route


The Southern Scenic Route is planning for an electric future with funding confirmed from the EECA contestable fund for electric vehicle chargers on the Southern highway.

The electrification of the Southern Scenic Route is a regional partnership between PowerNet, ChargeNet NZ and Venture Southland. Eight chargers will be installed along the Southern tourist route at Owaka, Papatowai, Waikawa, Tokanui, Riverton, Tuatapere, Manapouri, and Te Anau.

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Future of Work

Thursday, 13 September, Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill
Speaker: Carine Stewart, Victoria University of Wellington

Come and hear about:

  • The future of work in New Zealand and international mega trends
  • The top 10 employability skills young New Zealanders will require
  • What employers need to know about hiring Millennials and Generation Zs
  • Thinking about the future of your business – anomaly probing, horizon scanning and relevance trees
  • Victoria University Wellington’s work-integrated learning approach
  • What are wicked problems, and how are Victoria students helping businesses tackle them

Since 2013, Carine has been involved in the creation, co-ordination and teaching of the BA Internship course at Victoria University, alongside other work-integrated learning programmes such as the Future of Work course. She recently gained a master’s degree, completing her thesis on adult and community education in Aotearoa. In 2016 she won Victoria University’s professional staff excellence award.

Please RSVP to Kirsten Diack by 5 September



Immigration update

Wednesday, 19 and Thursday, 20 September, Venture Southland

Want to know more about the recent immigration changes?

If you are an employer or manager interested in the most recent immigration visa policy changes and how these changes could affect your business come along to one of our sessions targeted at employers.

19 September, 5pm and 20 September, 7:30am, both at Venture Southland, 143 Spey Street, and both free.

Registrations required for catering purposes. Please RSVP to Kirsten Diack by 12 September.



Innovation with a Southland Twist

The Business Accelerator programme is now in its second intake phase for 2018

The Venture Southland Business Accelerator programme is now in its second intake phase for 2018.  The programme operates in partnership with CreativeHQ and funded by Callaghan Innovation. 

It provides an ideal opportunity for new businesses or spinoff initiatives to find mentoring, advice and support for their early-stage ideas.  The programme runs on a 12-week schedule aimed at preparing startups to validate their ideas, operate their business or find investment partners. 

Notable successes for 2018 have included Forage & Graze selling paleo granola out of Winton and Koha Kai expanding their school meals and disability vocational training programme to a regional level.  The programme also serves to connect local entrepreneurs with the wider innovation ecosystem in Queenstown, Dunedin and a national level. 

Success here has included Mimicry Tech - the first Invercargill-based team being selected for the Mahuki cultural tech accelerator, a 4-month residential programme based at Te Papa in Wellington. 


Business Accelerator Programme


 

Do you fundraise?

Go in the draw to win a $100 voucher of your choice

Venture Southland's Business Accelerator Programme works with startups with new business initiatives. One of these startups is doing a survey to start validation of their business idea around fundraising.  If you fundraise for either your child/children, a sports team or club, school or hobby group etc. they would love to hear all about your experiences with fundraising or when you purchase from fundraising activities.

Everyone who completes the survey goes in the draw to WIN a $100 voucher of their choice.  This will be drawn 31 August 2018.  Winner will be contacted via email. 

Take the survey


Vodafone Workplace Challenge

Starts 3 September 2018

The Vodafone Workplace Challenge is a four week challenge to get your workplace in the right space. 

This year, instead of counting minutes, we have created a Challenge Board inspired by the Five Ways To Wellbeing - full of fun activities designed to get your team moving, help with team bonding and develop an awesome workplace culture.

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Business seminars, workshops and classes

Export Essentials
Starting a business is hard enough, but successfully growing your business can be overwhelming. NZTE can help!
12 September & 26 September 2018, KPMG
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Accounting for Non-Accountants Fundamentals
29 August, 9am -12pm, OSEA, 64 Arena Avenue, Invercargill
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Ihi Mo Te Reo Maori - Beginners Pronunciation
28 August, 4 and 11 September, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Southern REAP Gore, 6 Fairfield Street, Gore
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Workplace Wellness
30 August, 9am - 12pm, OSEA, 64 Arena Avenue, Invercargill
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Negotiating with Integrity
3 September, 9am - 5pm, OSEA, 64 Arena Avenue, Invercargill
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Essential Selling Skills
4 September, 9am - 4.30pm, OSEA, 64 Arena Avenue, Invercargill
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Maximise Your Sales using TetraMap of Behaviour
12 September, 9am -1pm, OSEA, 64 Arena Avenue, Invercargill
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Building on Health and Safety Representative Training Stage 2
17-18 September, 9am - 4.30pm, OSEA, 64 Arena Avenue, Invercargill
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Marketing in a Digital World
19 September, 9am - 12pm, OSEA, 64 Arena Avenue, Invercargill
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