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Welcome to Idea Summit™ Taranaki, helping anyone with a business idea turn it into an innovative business.  There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs, including business mentoring, coaching and $10,000 cash to help transform your idea into a company with high-growth potential. 

Entries closed on 25 June 2018 for this year.  Follow the progress on Facebook

What Finalists Can Win

Top 5 Finalists Receive -

Partner with a mentor - a local business star that has expertise to help guide you

10 weeks of intense one-on-one mentoring and local workshops through BCC


The Idea Summit™ Taranaki 2018 Winner Receives -

$10,000 cash

Entry into BCC Support & Growth


Other awards at The Finals night, Tuesday 11 September 2018.   



How it Works

Step 1


Get involved! Enter via this website and fill in the short application form. You can enter with a new business idea or a problem you wish to solve with a commercial solution. We are looking for business ideas that can be successful not just in Taranaki but throughout the country and even globally. Submit your entry before 4pm on Monday 25 June 2018.

Step 2

Selection of top five

Our mentors will select the top five entries. Each successful startup founder will receive workshop tuition and a mentor to work with over the next ten weeks to get ready to pitch their idea at The Finals. The mentors are a group of local business rock stars who know what it’s like to build and grow a successful venture. Their experience is invaluable – use it wisely!

Step 3

Top five accelerator

In the ten weeks from selection through to the finals, there will be either a workshop provided by BCC or an opportunity for a mentor engagement. A great package of support aimed at accelerating your business idea.

Step 4

Pitch practice

An opportunity for a dress rehearsal of your pitch to the mentors. Put into practice the insights and knowhow you’ve gained over the previous few weeks.

Step 5

The Finals
Tuesday 11 September 2018 

The main event of our startup journey. The finalists have 5 minutes to pitch to the judges and, in front of our invited guests, convince them that they are worthy of carrying off the main prize package. We will also hear from local startup founders about how they have achieved their own success.