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.

Upcoming Events

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Coffee and Jam with Michael Story

When: 19 Nov 2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: EPIC Innovation Centre

How Long: 1 hour

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2019-11-19 12:30:00 2019-11-19 13:30:00 Pacific/Auckland Coffee and Jam with Michael Story Add Event to Calendar EPIC Innovation Centre Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

SAM 7011

Coffee and Jam featuring Situate Me and Scale-Up

When: 26 Nov 2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: EPIC Innovation Centre

How Long: 1 hour

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2019-11-26 12:30:00 2019-11-26 13:30:00 Pacific/Auckland Coffee and Jam featuring Situate Me and Scale-Up Add event to Calendar EPIC Innovation Centre Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

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Startup Breakfast Club: Startups and Supernodes

When: 28 Nov 2019 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Te Ōhaka - K Block, Ara Institute of Canterbury

How Long: 2 hours

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2019-11-28 07:00:00 2019-11-28 08:45:00 Pacific/Auckland Startup Breakfast Club: Startups and Supernodes Join us at Startup Breakfast Club this month as we will learn about Christchurch NZ's Supernode initiative. Supernode was established to power the growth of four highly active industries including Aerospace, Food & Agritech, HealthTech and High-tech Services. Te Ōhaka - K Block, Ara Institute of Canterbury Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly 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 every Tuesday from 12:30-1:30 in the EPIC building!

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.

SAM 7011

Coffee and Jam featuring Situate Me and Scale-Up

When: 26 Nov 2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: EPIC Innovation Centre

How Long: 1 hour

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2019-11-26 12:30:00 2019-11-26 13:30:00 Pacific/Auckland Coffee and Jam featuring Situate Me and Scale-Up Add event to Calendar EPIC Innovation Centre Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

SAM 7006

Coffee and Jam with Michael Story

When: 19 Nov 2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: EPIC Innovation Centre

How Long: 1 hour

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2019-11-19 12:30:00 2019-11-19 13:30:00 Pacific/Auckland Coffee and Jam with Michael Story Add Event to Calendar EPIC Innovation Centre Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

SAM 7044

Coffee and Jam featuring neXtgen Agri and Bee Digital

When: 12 Nov 2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: EPIC Innovation Centre

How Long: 1 hour

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Coffee and Jam #319

When: 5 Nov 2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Epic Innovation Campus

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: Startups and Supernodes

When: 28 Nov 2019 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Te Ōhaka - K Block, Ara Institute of Canterbury

How Long: 2 hours

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2019-11-28 07:00:00 2019-11-28 08:45:00 Pacific/Auckland Startup Breakfast Club: Startups and Supernodes Join us at Startup Breakfast Club this month as we will learn about Christchurch NZ's Supernode initiative. Supernode was established to power the growth of four highly active industries including Aerospace, Food & Agritech, HealthTech and High-tech Services. Te Ōhaka - K Block, Ara Institute of Canterbury Ministry of Awesome office@ministryofawesome.com

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Startup Breakfast Club: Building a Successful Team

When: 31 Oct 2019 7:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Te Ōhaka, Kahukura Building (Ara)

How Long: 1 hour 45 minutes

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Startup Breakfast Club: The Startup Journey

When: 27 Sep 2019 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Kahukura Building (Ara)

How Long: 1 hour 45 minutes

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Startup Breakfast Club: Exporting

When: 29 Aug 2019 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Where: Kahukura Building (Ara)

How Long: 1 hour 45 minutes

Launch Club

If you are an early stage, pre-launch entrepreneur, you’ll want to join us for our next instalment of The Launch Club.

We’ll lead you through the process of getting started, from idea development to finding partners, pitching, and taking action.

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Success metrics, legal foundations and next steps Workshop

When: 29 Nov 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Kahukura Building, Ara Institute of Canterbury

How Long: 2 hours

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Sales Workshop

When: 22 Nov 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Kahukura Building, Ara Institute of Canterbury, mo

How Long: 2 hours

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Marketing Workshop

When: 15 Nov 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Kahukura Building, Ara Institute of Canterbury

How Long: 2 hours

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Business Model & Pricing Workshop

When: 8 Nov 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Kahukura Building, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Mo

How Long: 2 hours

Deep Dive Workshops

Our Deep Dive workshops are designed to dive deep into a particular area of starting a business. With the help of industry experts, it's more than just learning the basics, you'll leave with practical skills that you can apply immediately to your venture or startup. These are applied learning workshops so you will need to be prepared to get serious and get stuck in.

Deep Dive Validation

Deep Dive Validation Workshop

When: 11 Sep 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Ministry of Awesome, 192 St Asaph Street

How Long: 2 X 2 hours

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Deep Dive Sales Workshop

When: 17 Jul 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Awesome HQ, 192 St Asaph Street, Christchurch, 801

How Long: 2 hours on the 17th & 24th July.

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Deep Dive Pitch & Presentation Workshop

When: 27 Jun 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Awesome HQ, 192 St Asaph Street

How Long: 2 hours on 27 June & 3 July

Ecosystem Events

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Entrepreneur Of The Year Launch

When: 4 Apr 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Kahukura Building, Ara Institute of Canterbury

How Long: 2 hours

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Innovation Ecosystem Breakfast

When: 2 Nov 2018 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Where: Kahukura Building, Ara Institute of Canterbury.

How Long: 2 hours

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Future City Activator- RECAP

When: 16 Mar 2018 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: EPIC Innovation Campus

How Long: 2 days

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NZ Space Challenge Canterbury Ideation Workshop

When: 8 Mar 2018 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: GreenHouse, 146A Lichfield Street

How Long: 3 hours