DigMyIdea Māori Innovation Challenge: entries close this Sunday

There are only days remaining to submit your idea to the DigMyIdea Māori Innovation Challenge – a new competition looking to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their innovative ideas into reality.

The competition, developed by ATEED, Auckland’s economic growth agency, and Ngā Pū Waea, the National Māori Broadband Working Group, is asking entrants to submit a digital business idea that has the potential to go global.

Ideas can be anything – from an app to a web initiative, a way to enhance or add digital elements to a more traditional business, a product or even a process – and should be submitted through www.digmyidea.nz.

“The objective is to think about things in the digital space that are good for Maori and good for New Zealand as a whole,” says Antony Royal, chair of Ngā Pū Waea.

“If you look at Māori economic development strategies there is very little mention of innovation and the use of technology, but we think relying on primary exports may not be good over the long term.”

“We want people to get excited and have fun and come up with ideas in the digital space that will have positive outcomes for Māori.”

Entries should outline:

  • A digital business idea
  • A focus on economic outcomes for Māori, and
  • Economic outcomes that may include opportunities for New Zealanders to earn incomes, create new business or export.

Prizes include tailored business start-up services packages to the value of $10,000, technology packages and spot prizes from Dick Smith, and spot prizes from 2Degrees.

Entries close midnight, 18 October 2015.

For more details and to submit entries visit www.digmyidea.nz.