Creative New Zealand women, lend us your ideas! Introducing the Idealog/Cointreau Creative Kickstart competition

Cointreau has been supporting creative women around the world for years, in part to honour the legacy of the wife of the founder, Louisa Cointreau, who was the "guiding spirit of the firm" and did a lot for the emancipation of women. And now that generosity has extended to New Zealand in the form of the Idealog/Cointreau Creative Kickstart competition.

We’re looking for New Zealand women with clever business ideas, worthy charity initiatives or interesting creative projects that need some assistance to take flight. So if that sounds like you, fill in the form below (and if that sounds like one of your friends or family members, nominate them) and you could win a prize pack worth a cool $3,000. 

Submissions close on 1 July and the judges will choose the top three ideas. The finalists will then go through to the next round to pitch their ideas—in 3 minutes and 33 seconds—to a live audience on 4 August. The audience will use Idealog's Pitch Circus app to decide the winner, so the more support you've got at the event, the better your chances of winning. 

The winner takes away:

  • A $1,000 cash prize.
  • One hour of mentorship to help bring your idea to life. 
  • A profile in Idealog magazine and on idealog.co.nz.
  • A prize from Cointreau

Along with the cocktails, the nibbles and the creative pitches, Lisa King, co-founder of social enterprise Eat My Lunch, will be telling her story and discussing business for good, feeding hungry school kids and her plans for the business now that it's just turned one.

  • Tickets for the event are $29 and go on sale on the 4th July. 
  • For more information on Cointreau, click here

Idealog has been covering the most interesting people, businesses and issues from the fields of innovation, design, technology and urban development for over 12 years. And we're asking for your support so we can keep telling those stories, inspire more entrepreneurs to start their own businesses and keep pushing New Zealand forward. Give over $5 a month and you will not only be supporting New Zealand innovation, but you’ll also receive a print subscription and a copy of the new book by David Downs and Dr. Michelle Dickinson, No. 8 Recharged (while stocks last).