DigMyIdea Māori Innovation Challenge: entries due 18 October

Published: 12 October 2015
Filed under: General news, Innovation

The countdown is on for Aotearoa’s top emerging entrepreneurs to submit their ideas for the DigMyIdea Māori Innovation Challenge – an exciting new competition designed to inspire entrants to turn their innovative ideas into reality.

DigMyIdea calls on entrants to submit a digital business idea that has the potential to go global. Ideas could be anything from an app to a web initiative, or ways to enhance or add digital elements to a more traditional business, product or even a process.

All DigMyIdea entries should outline:

  • A digital business idea;
  • A focus on economic outcomes for Māori; and
  • Economic outcomes that may include opportunities for New Zealanders to earn incomes, create new business or export.

Ideas should be submitted through www.digmyidea.nz – which also has resources to help entrants familiarise themselves with the requirements of DigMyIdea and develop their digital business idea before they enter – by midnight on 18 October 2015.

A range of great prizes are on offer, including tailored business start-up services packages to the value of $10,000, technology packages and spot prizes from Dick Smith, and spot prizes from 2Degrees.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts, with the top individuals or teams in each category winning a place in DIGIwānanga, a weekend of workshops being held in Auckland in November to further develop and refine their ideas before overall winners are selected.

For more details or to submit an entry in the DigMyIdea Māori Innovation Challenge please visit www.digmyidea.nz.

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Notes to editor:

  • DigMyIdea has been co-designed by ATEED, Auckland’s economic growth agency, and Ngā Pū Waea, the National Māori Broadband Working Group, and is supported by Poutama Trust, an independent charitable trust which provides business development services to Maori and Callaghan Innovation, a government agency supporting hi-tech businesses in New Zealand.
  • Resources available to entrants at www.digmyidea.nz include a downloadable pitch deck template, video guides and Google hangouts where prospective entrants can raise questions.
  • The business support prize packs for the winning individuals or teams in each category will be tailored to the individual needs of each business. This could include assistance with (but not limited to) research and development, mentoring, marketing, branding, introductions to potential investors, and involvement in the 2015 High Tech Awards and 2016 Maori Economic Growth Forum.
  • The age categories for DigMyIdea Māori Innovation Challenge are based on the age of the individual or youngest team member as at 18 October 2015.

For further information please contact:
Duncan Croft
Senior Communications Advisor, ATEED
Ph 021 827 046