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HE KĀKANO: A Student Entrepreneurial Experience for Māori Business Starters

If you are a senior Māori undergraduate student at the University of Otago, or you have almost completed your qualification at Otago Polytechnic, AND you are keen to combine matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) with proven start-up business skills, then check out what He Kākano has to offer you.

He Kākano is a new business and entrepreneurship programme running over four weeks in November and December 2014, that provides you with the tools to start a business, using a kaupapa Māori foundation on which to build that business. It will cover how to generate, evaluate and develop a good business idea and turn it into a genuine, viable opportunity. It’s not a classroom exercise – it’s for real. This is a great way to apply learning from your qualifications with your natural interest and ability in entrepreneurship, and also build the networks that will help you develop an idea into a business anywhere in the country or overseas.

When does He Kākano run?

The programme starts on Sunday 23 November with a two night noho marae, and concludes on Friday, 19 December with a business pitch to a panel of experts. A stipend will be offered, and there are prizes which your business team will compete for.

He Kākano prepares you for being in business, and also for higher level study options. Tutors, mentors, and business experts are on hand to support your matauranga Māori learning and business skills. Four students from each of the University’s Divisions, and four Polytechnic students will be selected for the programme. So, check out all the information, get your friends together, apply, and we will see you soon!

To apply, download an application form here, and return it by 29 August, 2014.

Key Dates

  • Applications close 5pm Friday 29 August (download an application form - MS Word doc)
  • Interviews Monday 22, Tuesday 23 September
  • Noho Marae (2 nights) Sunday 23, Monday 24 November
  • Full-time, 4 weeks Sunday 23 November to Friday 19 December
  • Taniwha Den Presentations 19 December

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