Learn, Grow and Activate these skills and talents:

When you engage with Venture Centre, you can:

  • Develop and increase the soft and hard skills you need to grow in your venture (many of which can be applied to different roles, projects and across sectors too).
  • Grow your teamwork and leadership skills
  • Develop your technical skills, including your digital skills and knowledge
  • Enhance your communication and listening skills
  • Grow your customer service skills
  • Improve financial skills and aptitude
  • Refine and grow your analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Branding, marketing and networking skills
  • Learn business management skills

Venture Centre activities are designed to provide a range of opportunities for you to develop these skillsets, By attending events or workshops you will also gain valuable contacts, and meet /seek out an experienced mentor or a subject expert (eg: finances, law). As you develop your entrepreneurial skillset, you can practice applying your skills in your workplace or highlight them on your CV, in your side hustle or your venture.

Through participating, and growing these skills through developing your project, your entrepreneurial mindset develops, a way of thinking that enables you to overcome challenges, be decisive, and accept responsibility for your outcomes. It is a constant need to improve your skills, learn from your mistakes, and take continuous action on your ideas. Anyone willing to do the work can develop an entrepreneurial mindset and we are here to help you on this journey. Entrepreneurs on their growth journey report they have gained in confidence and have increase their resilience.

One on One Support

We are interested in you!  We find out where you are, and we tailor your entrepreneurial learning to suit.

Tailored Entrepreneurial Support

We provide a safe space to talk about you, your ideas and the ways in which we can support your entrepreneurial learning journey.  

Digital Learning & Growth

Weekly one-on-one 45-min clinics to increase your awareness of digital opportunities and how to use technology to be more entrepreneurial. 

Office Hours

A learning opportunity to spend time one-on-one with local, professional service providers who volunteer time to share their expertise and experience.  

ADI Clinic

Local impact investment advisors will meet with you to teach you about the ins and outs of impact investment as a concept. 


Venture Centre delivers entrepreneurial and digital enablement learning programmes for individuals and groups in our community. 


The Young Enterprise Scheme in-school entrepreneurship programme inspires young people to discover and activate their entrepreneurial potential. Inspiring Students. Unleashing Leaders.


The PoweringON programme helps individuals build their digital capability through practical knowledge, tailored support, talent matching and digital resources.


The CO.STARTERS nine-week entrepreneurial group-learning programme equips individuals with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. 


Venture Centre events are a great way to participate in and learn with the community. Be it as an attendee, a presenter, a facilitator, a mentor or coach, you are welcome! 

See below for some of our regular events.


An action packed weekend event at which you get to pitch an idea, form a team and validate an idea from scratch. Held once a year, it brings together aspiring entrepreneurs, tech people, marketers, community leaders, experts, coaches and mentors for a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation.


Join others on the entrepreneurial journey – together we'll make an impact and support each other to thrive! 


A weekend event, delivering a unique learn-by-doing experience for youth aged 14+. Designed to introduce entrepreneurial and digital skills to solve problems in our community.


Codebrite is designed to support your children thrive in the digital era: to go from consuming digital content and applications to making them! Codebrite develops coding skills for children aged 8 to 13 with some or no previous experience with computer programming. Discovery of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Special Projects

Venture Centre helps community organisations and local government with their entrepreneurial and digital capability building initiatives. 

Recent projects include:

  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council - Katikati Digital Hub Pātuki Manawa click to read more

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