Waikato Innovation Park LogoWe have partnered with Waikato Innovation Park to offer free business support service to Waikato district businesses. The service offers support for start-ups plus advice on business expansion, export market development, research and development funding and product development. The service is based out of Waikato Innovation Park, Ruakura in Hamilton and has extended its offering to Waikato district.


The service is available in Tuakau, Huntly and Raglan and is open to all Waikato businesses.


Waikato Innovation Park is the lead agency for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation funding programmes.  The Park’s business growth advisors can facilitate business access to the Food Innovation Network which provides services and facilities for food manufacturing businesses developing new products.

Waikato District Council Mayor Allan Sanson said council’s economic development team (Open Waikato) had worked hard to extend the service into Tuakau, Huntly and Raglan.

“Waikato Innovation Park, along with the council, recognise Tuakau, Pokeno and Raglan as high-growth, high-potential areas and we want to do all we can to foster and support economic growth that benefits our community,” Sanson said.

“The Waikato is full of smart people and budding entrepreneurs and this free service will provide support they might not otherwise have been able to access.”

Waikato Innovation Park business growth advisor Peter Davey said the main criteria for assistance was a desire to grow.

“We’re very interested in helping local businesses that are wanting to grow, facing technical roadblocks, or looking to take on new skills that will enable business growth.”




MEET THE ADVISORS


Novell Gopal, Business Growth Advisor:


Novell Gopal Business Growth Advisor - Waikato Innovation Park


Novell has an MBA from University of Waikato and a M.Sc in Physics from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Upon completing his M.Sc, he joined Phillips Medical Systems as a Service Engineer installing and maintaining medical diagnostic systems used in hospitals. He continued in the medical diagnostic industry for another 2 years as a Physicist and Product Manager before joining a multi-national company, Sapura, as a Consultant in their Technology Transfer Management unit. After almost 10 years of working in Malaysia, Novell decided it was time for a change and moved to New Zealand.


In New Zealand, Novell has helped SMEs as a business mentor, manager or strategist to grow their business. In his current role, he is able to utilise his knowledge and skills to further assist SMEs to innovate and grow; and to develop their export potential.





Kahurangi Malcolm, Business Growth Advisor: 


Kahurangi Taylor - Business Growth Advisor


“Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te Iwi”

Without a vision we will be lost – Kingi tawhiao 


He uri no Ngati Te Ata Waiohua me Te Rarawa. 


Kahurangi holds a Bachelor of Science from Massey University and Postgraduate diploma in Business from The University of Waikato. She’s been involved in the management and growth of 3 successful start-ups, commercial and social. Kahurangi is a recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference Award 2016, Kiwibank Local Hero Award 2017 and nominee for Young New Zealander of the year for her work in this space.


Kahurangi is fluent in Te Reo Maori, has been heavily involved in Iwi development and is passionate about Maori economic development. She's a progressive starter and brings a fresh perspective to the team. 




Visit the Waikato Innovation Park website



BOOKINGS


Free business advice at Tuakau Council office, 2 Dominion Road, Tuakau with Waikato Innovation Park advisor Novell GopalTuakau

The second Monday afternoon of every month with Waikato Innovation Park business growth advisor Kahurangi Malcolm at the council office in Tuakau, 2 Dominion Road, Tuakau. Click here to request a booking.





HUNTLY

Huntly Library

The second Monday morning of every month with Waikato Innovation Park business growth advisor Kahurangi Malcolm at the 'Minds Meet Here' room at Huntly Library at 142 Main Road, Huntly. Click here to request a booking.





Raglan

The second Thursday morning of every month with Waikato Innovation Park business growth advisor Novell Gopal at the 

Free business service at Raglan library with Waikato Innovation Park advisor Novell Gopal

council office in Raglan, 7 Bow Street, Raglan. 

Click here to request a booking.




Appointments can be made by emailing info@openwaikato.co.nz or by calling Open Waikato’s freephone 0800 252 626.

Dates for 2018


RAGLAN 9AM - 12PM

August 9

September 13

October 11

November 8

December 13


Huntly 9am - 12pm

August 13

September 10

October 8

November 12

December 10


TUAKAU 1PM - 4PM

August 13

September 10

October 8

November 12

December 10


Book your free business advice session with Open Waikato.



Not yet sure? Click here to email info@openwaikato to express your interest.


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