Startup Mentoring Programme

It takes a lot more than a good idea to start a successful business. Our Startup Business Mentoring Programme provides twelve months of Mentoring for people like you who have a new business idea or are looking for help in starting a new business.

Mentors with experience in business startups offer guidance, act as a sounding board, test your thinking, help you to validate your idea and support you in developing a business plan. 

Who is the Startup 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



Who are our Mentors?

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

As a Startup client, Mentors gift their time to work alongside you for up to a twelve-month period. They will step you through a feasibility assessment and support you to build a business plan if your idea has merit.

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


What’s the cost?

Our clients pay a one-off fee of $295 plus GST for registration into the Startup Mentoring Programme.

As a not-for-profit organisation, this fee helps us contribute toward the programme’s operational expenses along with assistance from our supporting partners, so that we can continue to serve New Zealand’s vibrant small business sector.

After registration, you will receive access to our mentoring service for up to twelve months. Our mentors gift their time and are ready and willing to work with you, to help you develop your startup idea and create a viable business venture.

Discover which organisations and services can help you to get your startup business off the ground. Download the “New Zealand’s support for Small Business” guide to see what resources are available to you.


Our Partners

Apply for mentoring and put your ideas to work today.