EVENT RECAP: Coffee and Jam #240

During this session, Rachel pitched Elevate: Establish to us and Nick Burns will elaborate on his awesome entrepreneurial story. 

Speaker One: Rachel Montejo

Rachel is a Programme Manager for the Ākina Foundation. She pitched Elevate: Establish, a capability building programme run by Akina over seven months, broken down into four modules with four different focuses - impact; money; customer, products & marketing; and operations. It is for Social Enterprises that are already trading in some way, and who are interested in scaling their business and social impact. Being part of the programme gives you access to industry experts and great content, connects you to the wider Akina network and content from their other three programmes. It also provides a fantastic peer to peer learning environment.

To find out more about the programme you can contact Rachel via email.


Speaker Two: Nick Burns

Nick is a company founder with a successful multinational exit. He develops and grows international business and is an investor, mentor and advisor to a range of technology companies, as well as being the Chair of The Clown Doctors Charitable Trust and an Advisor to NZ Business Intelligence. Nick spoke about his journey into sales, and mentioned how much he loves trading with international companies because, as he puts it, every dollar you earn is a dollar you bring into the New Zealand economy.

Here are some of his key points:

  1. While expanding internationally is great, spending time ironing out the bits and bobs of your business while in New Zealand is also incredibly valuable.

  2. Customers are your best salespeople. The market buys from the market, and every single interaction is a sale in itself.

  3. You know your product. When preparing for a pitch, don’t focus on your product; focus on your audience and what matters to them. You are selling solutions, not items.

  4. You need to transfer the heart and soul of your company to every one of its branches.

You can get in contact with Nick here.




  • Resmi Manoj is looking for internship opportunities focusing on web development/testing. She can be contacted at resmirmanoj@gmail.com.

  • Murray Quartly of Paradigm has a virtual reality avatar technology that allows you to create virtual environments customised to your needs. You can even run conferences and meetings online without any special equipment! Murray has just been nominated for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards. Contact m.quartly@gmail.com.

  • Elise Akin moved to New Zealand just last week and would love some wisdom and tips for her online shop @bakeandskate! It’s been a little rough getting sales through social media, so she would love your advice. Contact ecstatic.elise@gmail.com or see www.bakeandskate.com.

  • Talk Town Ltd. is an established social enterprise start-up, gearing up for launch later this year. They’re on the lookout for Christchurch based team members. Check out what they’re up to here: www.talktowngame.net, and get in touch via the website if you feel you could help them with illustration, programming, game design, marketing or other skills.


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Upcoming Events

The Launch Club is kicking off soon! This is an incredible chance to dive deeper into your idea and figure out your next steps over six workshops - or you can pick and choose which ones suit you. You don’t want to miss it!

ACA #29 is on the 12th of March! This is a free mega-event for early-stage entrepreneurs known as Activator Caffeine Adventures. You get a 20-minute time slot and the opportunity to seriously discuss your idea with our professional Start-Up Activators and an impressive line-up of experienced New Zealand entrepreneurs.

Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurial-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, be inspired, network, and share in an innovative space. Coffee and Jam is your opportunity to meet new people in the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and bread.

If you have an idea you'd like to pitch get in touch with Gina at gina@ministryofawesome.com