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Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund

Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund – Commercial Advisors Scheme. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) would like to inform you that applications have now opened to the Commercial Advisors Scheme of Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund. Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund is a new $2 million per year fund, which will assist Māori collectives to gain the knowledge and understanding needed to realise the economic potential of their assets.In the first year the Fund comprises two schemes, which will increase the skills, knowledge and networks of Māori collectives. The Fund can also help collectives to engage more effectively with the wider enterprise development and innovation systems. The two schemes are:

  • Commercial Advisors Scheme
  • Governance and Management Development Scheme.

Find out more about the schemes and eligibility criteria here »

How to apply Applications to the Commercial Advisors Scheme must be made through MBIE’s portal. If you have not applied for funding through the Portal before, you need to register to receive a username and password. To register, email investmentemailaccount@mbie.govt.nz and provide the following information:

  • legal name of your collective
  • phone number, postal and physical
  • name of contact person

Applications close -Thursday, 18 December 2014
Applications assessed – January 2015
Applicants advised of outcome – February 2015
Work with commercial advisor begins – End of February 2015/early March 2015

Governance and Management Development Scheme. The Governance and Management Development Scheme is an on-demand scheme that runs throughout the year. Collectives will be able to apply directly to approved training providers, who will check their eligibility. Selected training providers will invite applications in due course.If you have any questions or would like more information about the Fund, please email mif@mbie.govt.nz.

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