2018 New Kiwis Challenge

A Start-up Competition

The first cross-border entrepreneurs’ service platform in New Zealand supporting New Zealand start-ups to grow by scaling in Chinese speaking markets, through building a support network of mentoring and advice, capital and expertise.

Asian Markets

Foster relationships with venture capital and expansion capital funds with investee companies targeting expansion into Asian markets

Angel Clubs

Continue to cultivate a good working relationship with a variety of angel clubs across NZ

Government

Leverage our partners‘ deep relationships with NZ government bodies and educational institutes focused on innovation

“Go to China” Shop

Create connections between entrepreneurs in New Zealand, abd Chinese entrepreneurs here and in Asia, to deliver a network of support for Kiwi companies with high growth potential in Asia.

New Migrant Entrepreneurs

Use the New Kiwis Challenge and other ADI.clinic advisory sessions to get early visibility of outstanding prospects for Zino-supported growth.

Our Intern Team

Allen Fan

Christine Guo

Gina Zhang

John Zhuang

Johnny Lee

Luna Song

Madison Gao

Nick Goldstein

Major Events

Innovation Hub Workshop

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Innovation Hub Workshop

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Innovation Hub Workshop

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Innovation Hub Workshop

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Innovation Hub Workshop

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Innovation Hub Workshop

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Monthly Workshop

Attendees


Workshops are attended by VC executives, angel investors, high net worth migrants, entrepreneurs, professionals, and senior officials from the public sector organisations and tertiary institutions at the intersection of entrepreneurship and immigration.

Network


The opportunity to build your network (and ours) through connections with New Zealand’s investor networks, startups, incubators, experts and mentors.

Scale


The Zino Innovation Hub workshop is held every month, with audiences ranging from private, by-invitation only events for specific parts of our community, through to more open, public events of up to 100 people.

Trend


As our network and reputation is growing, we are attracting more high-quality business partnerships, providing keynote speakers and connections across the wide cross-boarder ecosystem.

From May’18 workshop featuring David Green from Alibaba Cloud

Active Participation

As attendees can obtain cooperation opportunities, financing opportunities, and networking from the workshop, people in the industry are eager to receive invitations to participate.

High Frequency

Our company holds a total of 10 workshops each year. Sponsor’s brand image will appear in various publicity channels of our company.

Growing Audience

The number of participants is expected to increase continuously. In addition, the audience of our company’s social media has reached more than 1,000 people.

Workshops Coming Up

2nd August 2108  New Kiwis Challenge semifinals – Top 5 pitch

6th September 2018  Private by-invitation Zino investor workshop, with NKC winner pitching for investment

16th August 2108 Top 5 present again to judging panel – Select top 3

30th August 2018 Top 3 present to Finals Gala – Winner is announced

New Kiwis Challenge 2017

To encourage more new Kiwis to take on entrepreneurship, Zino launched a nationwide start-up challenge, with 2017 sponsors including The Icehouse and ICE Angels, UniServices and Alibaba Cloud.

2017 Inaugural New Kiwis Challenge is the first entrepreneur competition with a focus on developing innovative capabilities of new Kiwis, highlighting the value of diversity in entrepreneurship.

Highlights

The 2017 New Kiwis Challenge winner was Enring (link to their website), an innovative platform delivering international social commerce, marketing and payment solutions to clients here, and abroad.

After winning NKC2017, Enring went on to attract over $2m in investment capital, and was supported by Zino partners to expand their business in Australia and Japan, creating over 30 new jobs in NZ.

Four of the top 10 companies in the competition attracted investment from the Zino network, in addition to the benefits of mentoring and introductions that they received during the competition.

Zino China Trip 2017

In partnership with The Icehouse and UniServices, Zino Innovation Hub hosted the inaugural China delegation trip with a group of high profile investors and key stakeholders from the New Zealand venture investment community.

The trip was designed to showcase the latest Chinese innovation and entrepreneurial landscape, opening the eyes of key influencers in New Zealand venture investment field to the opportunities in China.

Highlights

Creating New Value forum in Shanghai, co-hosted by Zino with NZTE and Immigration NZ.

Visit to Alibaba Museum and Campus, followed by a full day at the Alibaba Cloud Conference.

Visit to Huawei HQ and the Shenzen Stock Exchange, with a day trip to the Songshan Lake Science and Technology Industry Park.

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