"Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat."
-  Steve Jobs

The time we find ourselves in as a nation and as a community is full of change. What we love about our community is that innovation runs deep it its bones. A big shout out to all of you entrepreneurs and small business owners in our community who are adapting and innovating during this season. You are all legendary!

Check out this month's awesome events, all delivered via video-conferencing. Simply sign up for the session as per usual and we will let you know the link to join the session virtually prior to the scheduled start time.

Click to jump to events for:

  • Young people (and parents/mentors) making a dent – MADVentures
  • Business owners ready to take action – PoweringON
  • Founders getting started – Instigator

MADVentures - Events for Youth

Young Enterprise Scheme 2020
26 Young Enterprise Teams have formed while in lockdown and that's 120 more aspiring entrepreneurs in our community! Each team needs a mentor, so if you have skills, time and want to 'pass it forward' please click here or hit reply to this email.

PoweringON - Events for Business Owners

Digital Navigator Clinics
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th May 2020
Free one-off, one-on-one 45 minute Digital Navigator session with a digital expert to discuss the findings of your PoweringOn action plan and your next steps.
Free, Online webinar

Office Hours - Cover-19 Business Survival Strategies
7 May 2020, 3:45pm to 5:30pm
This free one-off, one-on-one 45 minute Office Hour session is designed to assist business owners during the challenging times. Delivered by Valerie Rowe-Mitchell, Accountant from Emerald Business Advisors Limited, who will help you to choose correct actions and engage specific to your business strategies to assist you to survive the economic downturn.
Free, Online webinar

Thrive Tauranga Series
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th May 2020, 9:30am to 10:15am
Connect. Share. Problem Solve. Innovate. You are invited to join THRIVE TAURANGA with Venture Centre and Downtown Tauranga. Grab a coffee and join us Fridays at 9.30am, starting May 1st 2020. This facilitated drop in session is designed for business owners to engage in easy conversation, ideas sharing and problem solving. 
Free, Online webinar

Local Supporting Locals Series
6th, 13th, 20th May 2020, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Local service providers and experts are coming together to support other business owners through presentations and conversations to discuss business continuity at a time of uncertainty and turmoil caused by the spread of COVID-19.
Free, Online webinar

*NEW* Develop your Business through Video Marketing
14 May 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am
Join Annie Lawler, Filmonaday, to learn; a range of tips and tricks to help you create your own video content and how to make you look good on camera, strategies to help you develop and grow an online audience for your business, and to devise ways to turn prospects into customers by developing a video content marketing strategy.
Free, Online webinar

Office Hours Intellectual Property with James & Wells
20 May 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Free one-off, one-on-one 45 minute Office Hour session with Intellectual Property an expert from James and Wells to find out what you didn't know about IP and your business.
Free, Online webinar

*NEW* Your Lean Digital Marketing Toolbox
2 June 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am
Are you currently running a business and need a simple and effective way of running your digital marketing? Join Bronwyn Porter, MPRE Marketing, and learn; simple and efficient digital marketing strategy, inside insight into digital marketing tools to make life easy, and tips on how to advertise for free. Each participant will receive a free copy of MPRE Marketing's professional digital marketing toolkit.
Free, Online webinar

Digital Assessment for your Business
It's time! Take 10 minutes to find out how well your business is using online technology. This tool guides you through four sections and you get a personalised action plan to help you improve productivity, optimise your online presence, and gain a competitive edge. 

Instigator - Events for Founders

Entrepreneurs Everywhere
19 May 2020, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
How The Future Works: Why your ultimate job is to be HUMAN. An open discussion about the future of work. Are you ready for these changes? How can we utilise our “human” skills the best we can? 
Free, Online webinar

Angelic Drop-In Clinic
28 May 2020, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Want to scale up? Get insights and input from Angel Investors with free, one-off, individual 20-minute consultation.
Online webinar

Events in our wider Community

Conversations in STEM
6 May 2020, 6:30pm
Professor Chris Lintott - Astrophysicist and awesome communicator will be speaking live and answering your questions all the way from Oxford, UK. This is a family friendly event, perfect for little ones, that is not to be missed!
Free, Online webinar
For more information and to secure your spot, click here.

STEMfest YouthDev Challenge
STEMfest are looking for young and aspiring coders/developers/tech-heads (16+ years old) to take part in this great initiative. To work (mainly online) with some of the best developers in the region on an interactive website project.
For more details and application click here.

We look forward to seeing you get involved with this month's range of entrepreneurial events! Feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may want to join in.

The Venture Centre Team


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