Entrepreneurs focus on new South Waikato social enterprise center
Impact Hub Director Nanise Ginnen and South Waikato Mayor Jenny Shattock at the opening of the Tokoroa hub.
Entrepreneurs in South Waikato should be encouraged with the opening of Waikato’s second Impact Hub.
The Swanston St center in Tokoroa, which provides a flexible working environment for members to meet, learn and connect to share experiences and mentor others on how to structure, finance, grow and manage social enterprises, is the one of more than 100 installations of this type in the world. It joins Impact Hub Waikato, which opened at Anglesea St in Hamilton in 2019, as the second hub of the Waikato-based network.
The Tokoroa hub has two floors offering flexible co-working options, meeting and workshop rooms.
Impact Hub Director and Head of Development at South Waikato, Nanise Ginnen, said she offers everything one expects from a modern co-working environment.
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“Impact Hub South Waikato looks forward to providing a range of learning opportunities through workshops, events, entrepreneurial and business support options,” she said.
“Over the past two years, we have built an entrepreneurial support offering with a focus on building entrepreneurial skills and promoting a community with a common desire to use business as a vehicle for positive change in the community. world.
“We look forward to bringing this offering to South Waikato startups and providing a connection to the vibrant Kiwi startup scene across New Zealand. “
The South Waikato District Council is contributing $ 120,000 over two years to the initiative, with the South Waikato Investment Fund Trust (SWIFT) committing an additional $ 150,000.
Ginnen said a digital space in the hub is also due to open later this year, which will provide a digital capacity building opportunity for businesses.
“Waikato has built a reputation as a leader in technology development, with more than 50 information technology companies based here,” she said.
“Tokoroa and South Waikato are on the outskirts of this development, and it’s a great opportunity to focus on building digital skills, entrepreneurial skills, and developing linkages between regional tech companies and young talent in South Waikato grass. “