Edmund Hillary Fellowship: supporting world-changing ventures

by Evan Veza, BNZ’s Head of International Business Development

In a quiet valley in Upper Hutt, a select group of global entrepreneurs and investors have spent the past week together, connecting and sharing their plans to change the world.

Front and centre will be the second cohort to join the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) – a New Zealand-based programme that’s aiming to build a global community of people creating ventures with positive social and environmental impact. Continue reading…

We have our 2018 Start-up Alley winners

By BNZ Head of Small Business, Harry Ferreira.

Six of the hottest names on the NZ start-up scene pitched their growth plans at BNZ Start-up Alley at the St. James Theatre in Wellington. The competition was tight, but together with fellow judges Derek Sivers, Anna Guenther, and Leah Culver I’m excited to announce that we have selected two winners this year. Continue reading…

BNZ Business Essentials ready to support your business

BNZ’s Head of Small Business, Harry Ferreira, announces the launch of BNZ Business Essentials, a platform offering support services for SMEs at a discounted rate.

We’re continuously firing out tips to help people save money and of course we’re always thinking of how we can make things easier for our customers.  Continue reading…

Keeping up with change: Techweek ’17

A disappointing statistic was presented by KPMG last week: around two-thirds of tech projects undertaken by New Zealand businesses fail. Only 29% of all projects are delivered on budget, 21% deliver on benefits and 33% end up meeting the business objectives.

Like many, businesses are struggling to keep up with the fast pace of technological change and New Zealand companies lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to cyber security. Continue reading…

BNZ opens free co-working space in Christchurch

At BNZ we love supporting entrepreneurs to grow their business and want to help businesses work together to build new relationships and create a culture of collaboration and innovation.

Christchurch is a community that’s proven it’s full of strong, resourceful and collaborative people so we’re excited to announce that we’ve opened a free co-working space for small to medium enterprises in Christchurch’s CBD called community101.

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Record number of BNZ Start-Up Alley entries

BNZ Start-Up Alley is one of the highlights of Webstock, the globally significant celebration of the web and gathering of its makers. This year will be no different with a record number of entries into the competition and yet another six fantastic finalists gearing up to pitch their idea to a panel of expert judges on February 16 at the St James Theatre in Wellington.

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New Zealand’s Deloitte Fast 50 announced

The 16th edition of the New Zealand Deloitte Fast 50 list was announced last night after a day of business inspiration and advice at Villa Maria Estate from some of NZ’s top athletes, business leaders and companies. It’s BNZ’s third year sponsoring the event and 21 of the 50 companies on this year’s list are BNZ customers. BNZ Director of Partners Shelley Ruha on the importance of picking the right partners for your business.  Continue reading…

Building a support system as a small business owner

Small business owner Caitlin Sykes recently attended a BNZ Connect event and found a supportive community of fellow small and medium-sized business owners.

My day was running at a loss. Several meetings in the central city had left the to-do list back in my home office largely untouched.

So when the calendar alert popped up to tell me it was now time to head out once more, the after-work event I’d optimistically scheduled a couple of weeks earlier suddenly wasn’t looking so doable. Continue reading…