Start-up Business Mentoring Programme




It takes a lot more than a good idea to start a successful business.

Our Start-up Business Mentoring Programme provides six months of accelerated mentoring for people who have a new business idea or are looking for help in starting a new business.

Mentors with experience in business start-ups offer guidance, act as a sounding board, test your thinking, help you to validate your idea and support you in the development of a robust business plan.


Who is the Start-up Business Mentoring Programme for?

The programme is designed for people who have a business idea and:
  • Want to explore the idea in a confidential environment
  • Want to know where to start and who to talk to
  • Want to assess the feasibility of their idea
  • Want to put the right foundations in place for their business
  • Want to build a business plan for the new business and to be able to share the plan with funders, service providers and other stakeholders
  • Want help to understand legal obligations
  • Don't want to make easily avoidable mistakes
Read our case studies to hear what some of our clients say about the programme.


Who are our Mentors?

Our Mentors are experienced business people with expertise in new ventures and have an understanding of the steps needed to validate a business idea or get a new business off the ground.

Mentors volunteer their time to work alongside a Start-up client for a six month period.  A mentor will step you through a feasibility assessment and support you to build a robust business plan if you decide to proceed.

If your business plan is already formed we can review, revise and recommend stepping stones to success.


What’s the cost?

Clients pay a registration fee of $300 plus GST.

After registration there is no further cost during the six-month programme as our volunteer mentors have the desire to help you grow and develop your ideas with their support.

The registration fee* helps to cover the operational costs of the programme.

After completing registration, clients of the Start-up Business Mentoring Programme will be eligible to receive the following benefits provided by sponsors and supporters:
  • Free membership of participating Chambers of Commerce (Auckland, Northland and Marlborough one year free membership;   Bay of Plenty wide and Manawatu six months free membership).
  • Easy online accounting with MYOB Essentials free for six months
  • Build your own website with MYOB Atlas free for the first 12 months
Register now or take a look at our start-up mentoring frequently asked questions


Still not sure? Call 0800 209209 ext 1 to speak with Ruth - or request a call back.

Download our Start-up brochure

*BMNZ is a not for profit organisation that relies on volunteer mentors to provide support and guidance to business owners. A registration fee is payable but should not be considered a fee for service.