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We want to see an activated, thriving and connected city and that's why we work tirelessly to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Christchurch and New Zealand.

Contract Services

We offer a variety of services including: project delivery, consulting, facilitation, strategy development and event speaking and hosting. With our unique approach, we are known for contributing an invaluable perspective, rapidly accelerating strategies and generally making things happen, fast. We'd love to work with you, your team or organisation. 

Innovation Ecosystem Map

Do you have an idea for a business but don’t know how to get started? Check out the Innovation Ecosystem Map to help you navigate the Canterbury Innovation Ecosystem!

This map is the result of a collaboration between Ministry of Awesome and the Canterbury Development Corporation.  Click here to see who can help you take your idea, business, start-up, social enterprise and/or project ot the next stage:

Steven Moe: Talking Purpose 

  • Seeds: Talking Purpose Podcasts

    Welcome to seeds, a weekly show where Steven talks purpose with inspiring people making a positive impact with their lives.  With a particular interest in social enterprises and entrepreneurs. Listen to them reflect on their journeys and take time to dig deeper in order to better understand what really motivates their choices.  Be added to a monthly notice with a link to the latest shows by emailing

    Previous episodes: Steven talks to our very own awesome Start-Up Activator Kit about her journey and Ministry of Awesome awesomeness! 

    Tune in via the Seeds website or SUBSCRIBE to Steven's Podcast on iTunes here.


Why Social Enterprise needs to rejuvenate its legal structure: Steven Moe

Social enterprises combine entrepreneurial spirit with a strong dose of ‘heart’ as they work to make a real difference in our world. And it is not just part of a temporary trend. The 1,600 people who assembled last month in Christchurch at the Social Enterprise World Forum demonstrate that.

But how should social enterprises set themselves up? Would a legal structure created for these ventures help?

All of us want to lead lives of purpose and meaning, and more businesses are seeking to position themselves in that direction as the old paradigms are tossed off the throne that profit and private wealth creation is king. New Zealand has the chance to be a true world leader through a new social enterprise legal structure that other countries would look to as an example, and which the next generations that follow us demand.

Steven Moe has a free e-book available, Social Enterprises in New Zealand. For a copy email:

Read Steven's full article here. 

Five Key Questions for Kiwi Social Enterprises: Steven Moe

Social enterprises are everywhere right now. But what are they? And how do we make sure they are not just businesses exploiting a trendy term? Lawyer Steven Moe outlines how social enterprise can become a legitimate force for good.

Social enterprises seek to make a change in the world by combining both profit and purpose. Anecdotally there is definitely a move towards this new way of thinking being applicable for both existing businesses and new startups.

But what does the social enterprise road actually look like and how do we know if we are even on it?  What shape will the social enterprise sector now take here in New Zealand, after having its profile raised by the 1600 participants who journeyed to Christchurch from all around the world?

I think there are five critical questions we need to be asking to find the answers we need – whether we are participants, advisors, regulators or just curious (or cynical) about social enterprise.

Steven Moe is a lawyer in Christchurch who has a podcast interviewing social entrepreneurs called “Seeds: Talking Purpose” and a legal handbook that is available for free if you email him

Read Steven's full article here. 

Education Programmes

Ministry of Awesome facilitates this programme internally with our Ideators as well as externally in the community with education providers, local organisations, government agencies and more. Get in touch if you'd like bring an education programme to your community!

Lab5 powered by Christ's College

Lab5 is a one-week programme exploring entrepreneurial and technological solutions to global challenges including social, environmental, cultural issues. This immersive experience gives participants a sense of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, providing a space to brainstorm, test, fail, collaborate and communicate ideas.

The lab experience will include a full day design challenge exploring global issues followed by a series of validation, prototyping, building relationships, mentor day, field trips and pitching. This takes place in the Innovation Precinct. A public programme will be included to provide multiple platforms to connect the participants with the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the city.