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 & 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 featuring Partly and Hillfarrance

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

Where: Visions On Campus Restaurant Ara City Campus Cnr

How Long: 1 hour

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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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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

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: Getting Started with Your Startup

When: 4 Feb 2021 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Where: Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth and Innovation

How Long: 1 hour 30 minutes

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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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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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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

Ecosystem Events

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Asia Innovation Series: Opportunities in HealthTech

When: 22 Feb 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Where: Zoom

How Long: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Asia Innovation Series: Discover Taiwan Business Opportunities

When: 9 Feb 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Where: Te Ōhaka, W Block, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Ch

How Long: 2 hours

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