Te Kōrau will help you develop and fine-tune your ideas, critically examine every part of your idea and determine the next steps, as well as integrating real feedback from potential customers, mentors, experts and the community.

Based on the CO.STARTERS programme –  an internationally successful model for validating ideas and building a sustainable business – Te Kōrau weaves in Māori worldviews and narratives to help Māori entrepreneurs navigate their business in Te Ao hurihuri (worldwide).

It places business success within Te Ao Māori, recognising that our tikanga and environment mean we operate and prioritise different values and protocols in enterprise.

He aha te mea nui o te ao, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
(What is important in the world, it is people, it is people, it is people.)

We know that your business will not only benefit you, but your wider whānau/hapū as a whole. Our goal is to equip and whakamana our people with the skills to lift both them and their wider whānau up by pursuing tino rangatiratanga and self-sufficiency to establish profitable businesses.

Te Kōrau Course Content

Wāhanga 1 – Week ONE

Kia mātau ki a koe anō
Knowing yourself
Introduction, Pakihi Māori, Assumptions,
Working styles, Team Building, Obstacles

Wāhanga 2

Kia mātau ki āu apataki
Knowing your customer
Customer, Problem, Alternatives,
Idea Testing

Wāhanga 3 – Week TWO

Tirohia te ara tika
Finding the right solution
Solution, Benefit, Advantage, Starting Small,
Brand Identity

Wāhanga 4

Kia tika te whakahoahoa
Getting the relationship right
Marketing & Message, Getting Keeping & Growing Customers, Manaakitanga

Wāhanga 5 – Week THREE

Ngā tūāpapa
Building blocks
Distribution, Revenue, Typical Offering,

Wāhanga 6

Ngā whakatakotoranga me ngā pūnaha tika
Structures and systems
Legal & Accounting Considerations,

Wāhanga 7 – Week FOUR

Tūhuratia te iho matua
Discovering the bottom line
Start-up & Ongoing Needs,
Fixed & Variable Costs,
Break-Even Point

Wāhanga 8

Ngā mahere ahumoni
Financial modelling,
Break-Even Point, Sales Projections,
Cash Flow, Raising Capital

Wāhanga 9 – Week FIVE

Rautaki Whakatupu
Planning for Growth
Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Growth Plans,
Goal Setting,
Celebration Prep



Wāhanga 10 – Week SEVEN

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