Finding business support
"The people we've met through Auckland Unlimited, finding out what support is actually available, that was a bit of an 'aha' moment," say Liv and Rene.
Ask for help – it's the only way you're going to meet the people who can actually help you, so it's been super beneficial in that respect."
"We started Mama's Brew Shop about five years ago and we were just in the thick of having small children. We were both kombucha home brewers and we just thought there was a real place for a really nice non-alcoholic drink that still made you feel special.
We flavour our drinks with botanicals so that's beautiful organic herbs and spices; we don't use any juice or any fake sugars, so it's 100 per cent natural."
"We've had some really valuable advice through Auckland Unlimited around capital raising and we've formed some good connections via that.
We worked last year with a business mentor who really helped with the launch of the hard kombucha, getting that marketing launch underway and getting that into supermarkets."
Making the right connections
"Deb, our advisor from Auckland Unlimited, introduced us to Callaghan Innovation and they put us in touch with Massey University and we're currently well into a fellowship grant with them.
Some initial test results that we've got back from that, are that our kombucha has the highest probiotic level of any kombucha on the market in New Zealand, so we're really proud of that."
How Auckland Unlimited can help
"It's been really fun working with Liv and Rene," says Deb, the duo's Business and Innovation Advisor. "They're both very passionate about their business, very excited about the products and also really happy to work with the connections we've been putting them in touch with.
In the future it'd be really great to see them looking to export their products, really bring New Zealand products to the world stage."