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Our sponsors have got behind Idea Summit™ Taranaki because they are backing new business in the region. They want your new business idea to succeed. They are a diverse range of organisations for whom there is a common thread – they all believe that Taranaki should be a great place to create a new startup.

Brought to you by

Venture Taranaki Trust

Partner Sponsors


MYOB is a leading tech company that delivers cloud-based business management solutions to more than 1.2 million small-to-large sized businesses across New Zealand and Australia. We are passionate about supporting start-up entrepreneurs in New Zealand to develop the innovations, businesses and society of tomorrow.  MYOB is working with a range of partners to improve the breadth of our country’s start-up eco-system and developing products that support local entrepreneurs to succeed.

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Massey University

Massey University founded its international reputation as a world-class agricultural college in Palmerston North in 1927, evolving as a distance education leader, then establishing Auckland and Wellington campuses. Massey now delivers teaching and research across many disciplines, combining the search for knowledge with addressing real-world problems for NZ industry and communities. We take pride in developing curious, world-ready graduates with entrepreneurial capability.

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First Gas

First Gas was established in April 2016 following the acquisition of Vector Gas Limited (Kapuni transmission network and North Island distribution networks) and the Maui Pipeline which represents an investment in New Zealand of $1.3billion.  First Gas is the sole transporter of natural gas from Taranaki to industrial, commercial and residential gas consumers throughout the North Island of New Zealand. 

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Efinity Digital

We are a leading web, software and mobile app company who help ambitious businesses achieve their goals through technology. We love to solve difficult business problems eloquently, resulting in client satisfaction and user delight. 

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Strategy Collective

We empower New Zealand businesses to do what they do best. Strategy Collective is your on-call team of experts providing everything from high level strategy through to day-to-day execution.

Business strategy, people and culture, design and marketing, accounting … we’re the people who help your business shine. We're ready when you are!

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Associate Sponsors


Since it was established almost 90 years ago, the Yarrows group has experienced phenomenal growth.  Today, the family owned and operated business, produce a wide range of world-class frozen bakery products supplying major wholesale and foodservice customers in New Zealand, Australia and throughout much of Asia. 

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Opened on 16th December 2015, Novotel New Plymouth Hobson Hotel is New Plymouth’s premier accommodation and hotel facility and is part of the global Accor hotel network. Accor’s vision is to be world’s most innovative, best performing and most valued hotel company.

Visit Novotel Hobson Hotel

Callaghan Innovation

We provide a single front door to the innovation system for businesses at all stages of their innovation journey – from start-ups to the most experienced R&D performers.  We’re a mix of about 300 researchers, engineers, scientists, technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, advisors and administrators delivering self-help and on-demand services.

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BTW Company

Since 1973, BTW Company has developed an innovative solutions focused group of professionals. These include surveyors, planners, environmental scientists, engineers, UAV pilots, 3D scanning specialists, and land and GIS experts with unparalleled experience on projects, both in New Zealand and overseas. BTW’s staff of 60 professionals are leaders in their fields.

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Manifold is a coworking space for Startups, Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, Remote workers or anyone looking for a dynamic, energetic and inspiring space to work from. Offering flexible and affordable plans there are many ways to user this space including a range of exciting startup and business related events and workshops.

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International Volunteer

Our mission is to change the face of volunteer travel. Established in 2007 in New Plymouth, we have grown to become the world’s leading volunteer travel company, working in over 40 destinations around the world and placing thousands of volunteers abroad every year. 

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Spark Logo

We’re all about connecting you to your customers using great technology, solutions, partners and people. 

Visit Spark Digital