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NAu mai, haere mai.

The DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge is your chance to submit an innovative digital business idea that has the potential to go global.

 

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ENTER 

DIGMYIDEA is for all Māori in Aotearoa. You can enter as an individual or a team, and there are two age categories -

Rerenga o te Kora (15-24)
Muranga o te Ahi (25+)

WIN 

Each winning idea will receive a business start-up and support package worth $10,000!

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DIGIWANANGA

All finalists will be flown to Auckland for a weekend of mentoring to help them develop and pitch their idea and be in for a chance to win big.



02 ENTER | WHAKAURU

Entries are now closed for 2018!

 

Download the entry questions here!

 

Two age categories -

Rerenga o te Kora (15-24)
Muranga o te Ahi (25 +)

 

Key Dates -

28-31 May - Judging
5 June - Finalists notified
7-8 July - DIGIwānanga
9 July - Winners announced

 

You can enter DIGMYIDEA as an individual or as a team of up to five people and teams with non-Māori can participate as long as the team lead is of Māori descent and resides in Aotearoa.

Note: Teams will be entered into the age category based on the age of the oldest team member.

Your idea will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Your idea is innovative, digital, exciting and entrepreneurial
  • You understand and identify your audience
  • Your idea has the potential to go global
  • Your idea has the potential to create economic opportunities for Māori and other New Zealanders.

If you have any trouble, please contact the DIGMYIDEA team. Extra support is available for rangatahi! Message us on Facebook or send us an email and just say 'I'd like more information on extra help for rangatahi'.

 


03 PRIZES | NGĀ WHIWHINGA

Two business start-up packages worth over $10,000 each to be won.

Finalists will be flown to Auckland for DIGIwānanga - one on one mentoring at a two-day workshop where the winners are decided. DIGIwānanga will be held on the 7 - 8 July 2018.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY


04 RESOURCES | NGĀ RAUEMI

Check out these free resources and videos below on how to build an idea.

Past Finalists POSTER Information Sheet ENTRY QUESTIONS

NIKORA FROM YOUNG ANIMATORS

Nikora truly took his idea digital, watch to see how!

PAST WINNER ADELE

See what past winner Adele has been up to since winning in 2017.

STEVEN FROM KIWA DIGITAL

Learn more about Kiwa Digital and it's awesome CEO Steven.

MARU FROM METIA INTERACTIVE

Maru won Māori entrepreneur of the year (2018). Watch the video see learn about what she's all about.

LEE FROM ARATAKI CULTURAL TRAILS

Lee entered DIGMYIDEA and didn't win, but started his business anyway. Learn more about his awesome app in the video.

ANDY FROM CENTRALITY

Andy is at the cutting edge of innovation. Learn about Centrality in the video, it might be useful to businesses just starting out!

DIGIWĀNANGA

Watch the highlights from DIGIwānanga 2017! If you want to watch the 2015 video click here.

DEVELOPING AN IDEA

Tips, hints and examples to help build your idea.


05 JUDGES | NGĀ KAIWHAKAWĀ

 

 

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Kaye-Maree Dunn

Kaye-Maree is fascinated with family, community and technology and has been working in the realm of Māori and Community development for over 17 years. She has been working with a range of Rangatahi and Iwi groups with Te Whare Hukahuka for over the past 3 years in the Ka Eke Poutama programme and loves being involved lifting the transformative capability of whānau, hapu and iwi led entities to actively contribute to the growth of NZ’s economic potential.

Judge 1

Ian Musson

Ian is the programme director at Kōkiri, a business accelerator programme designed to speed up the process of getting local business ideas into the hands of customers, while increasing the representation of Māori entrepreneurs in early-stage ventures. With a background in marketing and education, Ian is passionate about business start-ups.

Judge 2

Mike Taitoko

Mike is the co-founder of Takiwā Ltd, a tech firm that does cool stuff with data. The Takiwā platform and apps pull data from multiple government agencies across many sectors to combine with private data so clients can make better investment decisions, especially in the health, education and environmental sectors. Takiwā is democratising decision-making by getting the data and information into the hands of the people who can drive change.

 

Judge 1

Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison is a daily radio host, television presenter, who also specialises in research, directing and production. Stacey is the co-author of ‘Māori at Home’ with her husband Scotty Morrison. Stacey is also a Whanau Ora advocate for Te Pou Matakana, Ambassador for NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Water Safety NZ and an avid Māori language advocate.


06 CONTACT | WHAKAPĀ MAI

Email us or send us a message using the contact form for queries or support.

Extra support is available for rangatahi! Message us on Facebook or send us an email and just say 'I'd like more information on extra help for rangatahi'.