Te Ōhaka - your startup and innovation hub

Te Ōhaka is the startup and innovation hub where you will find students, startup founders, innovators, corporates, and investors working together to create New Zealand’s future high growth ventures and jobs.

As a student at Ara, you are in a unique position to take full advantage of the knowledge, experience, networks, and opportunity delivered by Ministry of Awesome at Te Ōhaka. This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in real-world startup and innovation and sharpen your entrepreneurial and innovation capability.

Through work experience, internships, short courses, and sector focused challenges, Ara students will learn from some of the brightest entrepreneurs and thought leaders in NZ. No matter what your career ambitions or focus might be, your innovative and entrepreneurial mindset is the fundamental requirement for success. Come and get it!

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Two 9-week courses run by Ministry of Awesome and Ara/Te Pukenga:
The Innovation Accelerator and the Entrepreneurship Business Accelerator. 

Innovation Accelerator

Ignite your entrepreneurial spirit, drive breakthroughs and unleash the future.

Starts Monday 29th of July
Classes run for 12 weeks 

If you have questions or would like to find out more -  Email us at [email protected] or call into Te Ōhaka for a chat.

Welcome to the world of innovation, where ideas come to life, boundaries are pushed and breakthroughs are made.

Whether you dream of pioneering your own startup, spearheading innovation within your organisation, or you simply want to embrace a mindset of continuous improvement, this transformational, nine-week course will equip you with essential tools, strategies and inspiration to thrive in the ever-changing world of innovation.

Throughout this immersive programme, you’ll combine cutting-edge theory with hands-on practical experiences. You’ll engage in dynamic group projects and develop your own innovation project, tackling real-world challenges, applying your newfound knowledge and bringing your bold ideas to fruition.

You’ll explore a wide range of methodologies and learn innovation tools that companies like Apple, Google, Airbnb and Ford use to innovate and stay ahead of the curve. From design thinking and ideation tools to measuring impact and disruptive technologies, the skills you acquire will give you a versatile toolkit to tackle complex problems and seize exciting opportunities.

Topics covered include: Innovation Processes, Creativity, Scoping and Analysis, Futures Thinking, User Journeys, Disruption, Impact Assessment, Innovative Business Models, Leadership, Building Teams, Effective Communication, Culture.

Business Accelerator (Entrepreneurship)

Master the art of entrepreneurship – from vision to venture.

Starts Monday 29th of July
Classes run for 12 weeks 
If you have questions or would like to find out more -  Email us at [email protected] or call into Te Ōhaka for a chat.

In the landscape of entrepreneurship, dreams are transformed into reality, ideas become thriving businesses and innovation drives success.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur ready to take the leap, a seasoned professional seeking to launch a new venture, or an intrapreneur looking to drive innovation within your organisation, this dynamic and comprehensive nine-week course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and mindset to embark on a transformative journey into entrepreneurship.

Cutting-edge theories are blended with practical applications throughout the course. You’ll be immersed in the entrepreneurial mindset and explore key concepts such as lean startup principles, rapid prototyping, creative thinking and business model development.

You’ll gain an understanding of the startup ecosystem, learn how to navigate challenges and leverage tools to stay ahead of the competition. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals and work on developing your own startup idea. By applying your knowledge and skills in a practical setting, you’ll develop the confidence and resilience necessary to thrive in the dynamic world of entrepreneurship.

Topics covered include: Problem Discovery, Lean Canvas, User Journeys, Design Thinking, Idea Validation, Customer Personas, Business Models, Solution Development, Prototyping, Value Proposition, Competitors, Marketing, Financials and Digital Tools.

Your facilitator, Kit Hindin

Kit is a professional facilitator and coach, having worked in the innovation, entrepreneurship and futures space with educators, executives and startups.

A Certified Foresight Practitioner trained with Metafutures and in Natural Foresight Framework by The Futures School, Kit is also a certified master NLP practitioner.



Here’s your opportunity to kick-start your career and gain some valuable experience working on an ambitious high-growth startup project.

We will team you up with one of our many startup founders, so you can dive head-first into the world of innovation.

Don’t worry about what you’re studying or your background, if you're curious and keen to learn, this is the opportunity for you!