Promising Pasifika businesses are being supported as they take on commercial opportunities in the global culture and heritage sector by Te Papa and the Pacific Business Trust.
A three-day pre-accelerator workshop is being held at Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki for five selected teams from May 25 to 27.
The selected businesses span experience design, technology, mobile, security, data collection management, social media authentication, language protection and technology.
Mahuki general manager Tui Te Hau says the teams have been working intensively with the Pacific Business Trust to build their business foundations and now have the opportunity to explore a valuable channel to national and international markets through this workshop and applying to the Mahuki accelerator programme.
“As part of the three-day workshop, the businesses will be on site at Te Papa and will be able to step through the doors out onto the museum floor to interact with and observe museum visitors. They will also have opportunities to work with Te Papa staff, in order to further develop their business ideas,” she says.
In selecting teams to join the accelerator programme, Te Hau says they will be looking for innovation and solutions that will connect New Zealanders to their history, stories and treasures.
“There are many rich Pacific stories that also help tell global stories such as climate change, navigation, and forging new frontiers.”
Pacific Business Trust chairman Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira says the Mahuki Pacific Innovation event marks a 21st Century approach by the Trust to ensure that a growing number of Pasifika young people are engaged and taking up tech opportunities.
“I am proud that PBT is taking a leadership role in this for our communities,” he says.
Pacific Business Trust chief executive Kim Tuaine says collaborating with Mahuki opens the door for Pacific tech entrepreneurs to hopefully assume a position as innovators in the culture and heritage sector.
“Our key objective is to highlight the opportunities the Mahuki incubator has to offer our Pasifika communities.”
The teams will have the opportunity to apply to the Mahuki accelerator programme and will continue to be supported by the PBT.
The Pacific Business Trust is funded by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to ensure business growth and innovation relating to Pacific business development.
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Pasifika businesses take part in a three-day workshop at Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki, run in conjunction with the Pacific Business Trust.
Credit: Amanda Rogers/ Te Papa