Ak­ina foun­da­tion

Element - - Solar -

En­tries have now­closed for a spe­cial com­pe­ti­tion run by busi­ness ac­cel­er­a­tor Ak­ina, and co-fi­nanced by Con­tact En­ergy and the Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs, to get so­cial en­ter­prise ideas off the ground. Ak­ina will give six months of in­ten­sive sup­port and coach­ing to the 10 suc­cess­ful so­cial en­ter­prise ideas in the com­pe­ti­tion, turn­ing them into thriv­ing, self-sus­tain­ing busi­nesses by March 2015. “We're stoked to be able to help,” says Con­tact En­ergy's com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager Craig Grif­fiths. “Our na­tional so­cial and lo­cal com­mu­nity in­vest­ment is aimed at help­ing New Zealan­ders be safe, se­cure and con­nected, so sup­port­ing so­cial en­ter­prise al­lows us to get in be­hind a range of great ideas to help achieve this – whether it be through our fi­nan­cial sup­port or al­low­ing our peo­ple time to vol­un­teer their skills.” Next month El­e­ment will pro­file the 10 suc­cess­ful en­tries and even­tual win­ner, which will re­ceive start-up fund­ing.

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