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.

Please note that due to COVID-19, we are pivoting all our events to virtual until further notice, so the events below are not in-person meetups. The great news are there will not be strict limits on tickets, and you will be able to tune in the webinars from where ever you are!

Upcoming Events

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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 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.

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Coffee & Jam: How to spot opportunity and pivot

When: 14 Apr 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

How Long: 1 hour

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Coffee & Jam: Raising startup capital in hard times

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

Where: Zoom

How Long: 1 hour


Coffee and Jam featuring Mike Hart from Sierra Energy

When: 10 Mar 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: EPIC Innovation Centre

How Long: 1 hour

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Coffee and Jam featuring Lighting Lab Tourism

When: 11 Feb 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Epic Innovation Centre

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 Virtual: Getting your startup through COVID-19

When: 2 Apr 2020 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Where: Zoom

How Long: 1.5 hours

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Startup Breakfast Club: End Of Year Hui

When: 12 Dec 2019 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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

How Long: 2 hours


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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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

Ecosystem Events


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