Events + Training

Ministry of Awesome hosts countless training and networking events to support your pathway to entrepreneurial success. This is where Christchurch's entrepreneurial, startup, and innovation ecosystem gather.

Whether you're an early-stage entrepreneur, a startup founder, or a veteran entrepreneur - you'll find inspiration, education, and connection.

Important Note: Due to the COVID situation, Coffee & Jam events will be online until further notice.

Upcoming Events

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Startup Breakfast Club: Marketing for Startups

When: 26 Nov 2020 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Level 1, Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovati

How Long: 1 hour 15 minutes

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2020-11-26 07:30:00 2020-11-26 08:45:00 Pacific/Auckland Startup Breakfast Club: Marketing for Startups Great marketing is the fuel for growth and scale, for startups at any stage. It is also the combination of a great understanding of customers, backed by a solid marketing strategy plus effective executions. At this Startup Breakfast Club powered by MYOB, we will talk about the fundamentals of marketing,... Level 1, Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovati Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

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Coffee & Jam: YieldTec and FoodStarter 2020

When: 27 Nov 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Visions On Campus Restaurant Ara City Campus Cnr

How Long: 1 hour

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2020-11-27 12:30:00 2020-11-27 13:30:00 Pacific/Auckland Coffee & Jam: YieldTec and FoodStarter 2020 Come join us on Friday 27 November as we will hear first from Dr. Khalid Salah from YieldTec. YieldTec is a young startup operating out of Te Ōhaka which aims to revolutionise the fruit picking game using robots and sophisticated tracking software.Next up, you’ll hear from Fernando Gutierrez from Ananda Vegan Goodness about his journey of... Visions On Campus Restaurant Ara City Campus Cnr Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

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Startup Breakfast Club: Business Models - How will your Venture make Money?

When: 17 Dec 2020 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovation

How Long: 1 hour 15 minutes

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2020-12-17 07:30:00 2020-12-17 08:45:00 Pacific/Auckland Startup Breakfast Club: Business Models - How will your Venture make Money? Speakers to be announced Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovation Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest-running (now monthly) lunch break for the entrepreneurial, startup, and innovation ecosystem.

It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, be inspired, network, and share in an innovative space.

At Coffee & Jam, you will meet new people in the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem and you’ll hear from local, national, and global speakers.

There's free coffee, bread, and jam for everyone.

Sound like your cup of tea (or coffee)? Join us on the first Tuesday of every month from 12:30-1:30!

This event wouldn't happen without the help of our friends at EPIC, BNZ, Unknown Chapter, Grizzly Baked Goods, Fix and Fogg, and Christchurch City Council.

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Coffee & Jam: YieldTec and FoodStarter 2020

When: 27 Nov 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Visions On Campus Restaurant Ara City Campus Cnr

How Long: 1 hour

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2020-11-27 12:30:00 2020-11-27 13:30:00 Pacific/Auckland Coffee & Jam: YieldTec and FoodStarter 2020 Come join us on Friday 27 November as we will hear first from Dr. Khalid Salah from YieldTec. YieldTec is a young startup operating out of Te Ōhaka which aims to revolutionise the fruit picking game using robots and sophisticated tracking software.Next up, you’ll hear from Fernando Gutierrez from Ananda Vegan Goodness about his journey of... Visions On Campus Restaurant Ara City Campus Cnr Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

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Coffee & Jam featuring Wynn Williams and Jeffrey Ling

When: 30 Oct 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Visions On Campus Restaurant at Ara Institute of C

How Long: 1 hour

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Coffee & Jam: FlowWatch and Jeffrey Ling

When: 4 Aug 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Zoom

How Long: 1 hour

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Coffee & Jam Virtual: featuring Blue Cradle and Hillfarrance

When: 7 Jul 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Zoom

How Long: 1 hour

Ara Activator Sessions

The Activator Sessions are made up of 20-minute mentoring sessions where student entrepreneurs and innovators from various disciplines, sectors, sizes, and stages talk through their business ideas and get focused feedback from our Startup Activation Coordinator and veteran panel of business experts. Here’s your opportunity to use their expertise and networks to ensure your best possible chance of success.
These sessions happen monthly, spaces are limited, and the programme is almost always sold out so make sure you get in quick.

We can't wait to help you make your dream a reality or help you get on that road to successful entrepreneurship whatever that looks like for you.
All sessions take place at Te О̄haka in the Kahurkura Building at Ara Campus off Moorhouse Street.

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Tech Activator Session #42

When: 27 Jun 2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Kahukura Building (Ground Floor), Corner of Moorho

How Long: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Tech Activator Session #40

When: 15 Apr 2019 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Where: Kahukura Building, Level 1, Moorhouse Avenue, Chch

How Long: 6 hours

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Tech Activator Session #39

When: 20 Feb 2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Kahukura Building (Ground Floor), Corner of Moorho

How Long: 3 hours

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Tech Activator Sessions #37

When: 28 Nov 2018 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

How Long: 20 minute sessions

Startup Breakfast Club

Ministry of Awesome's STARTUP BREAKFAST CLUB powered by MYOB and DHL is made for all you budding entrepreneurs and startups in Christchurch. This is your monthly morning caffeine hit where you will find valuable social networks, gain business insight, and find the critical support you need to power your business forward.
Thanks to Unknown Chapter, there will be free flowing coffee for everyone and breakfast as usual.

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Startup Breakfast Club: Business Models - How will your Venture make Money?

When: 17 Dec 2020 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovation

How Long: 1 hour 15 minutes

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2020-12-17 07:30:00 2020-12-17 08:45:00 Pacific/Auckland Startup Breakfast Club: Business Models - How will your Venture make Money? Speakers to be announced Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovation Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

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Startup Breakfast Club: Marketing for Startups

When: 26 Nov 2020 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Level 1, Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovati

How Long: 1 hour 15 minutes

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2020-11-26 07:30:00 2020-11-26 08:45:00 Pacific/Auckland Startup Breakfast Club: Marketing for Startups Great marketing is the fuel for growth and scale, for startups at any stage. It is also the combination of a great understanding of customers, backed by a solid marketing strategy plus effective executions. At this Startup Breakfast Club powered by MYOB, we will talk about the fundamentals of marketing,... Level 1, Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovati Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

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Startup Breakfast Club: Māori Entrepreneurship

When: 28 Oct 2020 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovation

How Long: 1 hour 15 minutes

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Startup Breakfast Club: Seed Funding, Grants and R&D Funding

When: 24 Sep 2020 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovation K Bloc

How Long: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ecosystem Events

Accelerate the future of healthcare with HealthTech Supernode Challenge

When: 27 Jul 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Zoom

How Long: 1 hour

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HealthTech Supernode Challenge - Information Webinar

When: 20 Jul 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Zoom

How Long: 1 hour

Fireside chats May 2020

Fireside Chats: Understanding Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme

When: 14 May 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Zoom

How Long: 1 hour

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Fireside Chats by Te Ōhaka: Legal issues for startups and SMEs during a crisis

When: 23 Apr 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Zoom

How Long: 1 hour