Ignite your idea

Innovate 2018 is here


validate. iterate. build.

1,341 ideas through the gate.  Numerous businesses built.  Hundreds of lives changed.  That's what Innovate is all about.

We've made significant changes to our programme this year.  Here's a bit about what the 2018 process looks like.

The process

It's simple, really.  We've highlighted the details above or keep reading!

Step 1 - Enter

If you have an idea or have been working on an idea, Innovate is for you.  All you have to do is take 30 seconds and enter your idea here.

Step 2 - Stage Two

Once we receive your entry, you will be invited to Stage Two, which consists of over 20 questions, which will help us understand your idea/product better.  You'll will fill out as much as you can and then submit your Stage Two form back to us.

Step 3 - Top 20 Selection

The 'Top 20' entries will be selected and invited to pitch practice.

Step 4 - Pitch to Mentors

On the 11th and 12th of September, The 'Top 20' will have 3 minutes to pitch their idea to our mentors and select a pool of mentors they would like to work with.

Step 5 - Top Five Selection

After the 'Top 20' pitch to our mentor pool, the mentors will pick five to continue into the finals.

Step 6 - 10 Week Mentorship

Over the course of 10 weeks  the 'Top 5' will work hand in hand with their mentor pool, building their business model.

Step 7 - Catch-up With Judges

In week five, the 'Top 5' will have an opportunity to sit down with the judges and discuss their idea and fill in the judges with any relevant information.

Step 8 - Final Pitch

On the 29th of November, the 'Top 5' will have 5 minutes to convince the judges why they should win!  There's a cash prize on the line plus a whole heap of help from BCC!  Plus, if your idea is good enough, you'll have a once in a lifetime opportunity to pitch to the MIG Angels, Manawatu's angel group community.


What Can You Win?

Top 5 Finalists Receive -

  • 3 mentor "rock-stars" to help you build your business
  • 10 weeks of intense one on one mentoring through BCC, including -
    • Profiling night through CQ
    • The ability to earn up to $1,000 each through the 10 week process

Innovate 2018 Winner Receives -

  • $3,000 cash
  • 2 year entry into CQ - Collective Intelligence
  • Entry into BCC Accelerator
  • Space at The Factory
  • The potential to pitch to MIG (Manawatu Investment Group)
  • Other awards on the night, an Innovate tradition!

We're Here To Help

We're sure there are questions that you have - so we're here to help.  Fill in the information below, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.  It's that easy!  Almost as easy as entering Innovate.

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