Hundreds of Kiwi SMEs entered the recent Westpac Business Growth Grant, which aims to helps up and coming Kiwi businesses (with turnover under $5m) reach their potential.
The prize: a $40,000 cash injection and $10,000 to spend on advertising, as well as trip Fiji to attend a business retreat for all the six finalists.
It didn’t matter where they were based, which sector or industry they’re in, or even if they’re a Westpac customer or not. All they needed to enter was a vision for growth and desire to take their business to the next level.
Now the judging has been completed and the six finalists, who come from all over the country and diverse industries, competing for the major prize have been announced.
The 2016 Westpac Business Growth Grants finalists
Dive! Tutukaka, Tutukaka, Northland
Dive! Tutukaka is a multiple (regional, national and international) award winning marine adventure company operating from coastal Tutukaka in Northland, to the “Poor Knights Islands” marine reserve.
Ecoware develop packaging made from plants, not oil. Their vision is to provide plant-based sustainable food packaging that is superior in quality at an affordable price.
Levno, Palmerston North
Levno is an innovative early stage agri-tech company, leading a transformation in the agriculture sector in New Zealand by providing farmers with the vital information they need.
MAXraft is the only fully insulated concrete slab available in New Zealand. Their mission is to help New Zealanders build better homes by starting with an insulated slab that contributes to a healthy and more cost effective living environment.
Method Recycling, Wellington
Method Recycling sell stylish and functional recycling bins for corporate offices, made in New Zealand. Method Recycling bins reduce waste sent to landfill. Customers choose the streams/bins they require and lock them together to form a station.
Pivot Software, Christchurch
Pivot Software provides human resource software that enables organisations to improve the effectiveness and gain more control over complex and often emotional human resource processes like performance management and salary reviews.
The six businesses will come to Westpac’s head office in Auckland on 14 September to present their vision to a panel of judges, with the winner announced in the evening. Stay tuned for more on this.