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Parliament announces free programme for older entrepreneurs and inventors

The Parliament has announced a supporting free programme to Kiwi entrepreneurs and inventors over the age of 50.

Minister for Seniors, Ginny Andersen says that through The Senior Enterprise Pilot Programme, Kiwis over the age of 50 with innovative business ideas will receive support to advance their ideas to the next stage.

“Seniors have some great entrepreneurial ideas, and this programme will give them the support to take that next step,” says Andersen.

“The Senior Enterprise Pilot Programme, being launched, will be offered free in five locations, and tap into the creativity and drive we know exists among older New Zealanders.”

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Andersen adds that the programme will be an “extremely fulfilling process” as it provides assistance to help establish and develop the ideas and potentially get them to market.

“Who knows, it could lead to a product or process that we all come to rely on. It could make someone a household name. I can’t wait to see the outcomes for the people who take part,” says Andersen.

The programme will be available across five providers:

– Creative HQ in Wellington will deliver entrepreneurial e-learning modules

– Nelson Tasman Regional Chamber of Commerce will provide qualified business mentors in a collaborative approach-supported by Nelson City Council, Business Assist, Age Concern and Tiore – Māori Business Network

– Ngā Toi, in Hawkes Bay will focus on older Māori entrepreneurs

– Trust MYRIVR in Pukekohe will focus on older Māori and Pacific people and provide a tailored programme for each client.

– Univentures Ltd in Christchurch will develop an online model, building on a previous senior entrepreneurship programme in partnership with Selwyn District Council.

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