WELLINGTON FINTECH COMPANY, AVENIR, SUPPORTING FARMERS IN MALAWI

Far from the buzzy centre of Bizdojo Wellington, in a far corner of the space, is a business of FinTech specialists quietly doing extraordinary things for the farmers of Malawi.

For two years, Avenir Technology has worked with African-based ACE Africa to ensure the maize farmers of the southeast African country are not cheated over the crops they grow, store and sell. It’s also helping them to get loans to buy essential equipment.

Tyler Mongan founder of Heart Lab to run workshops with BizDojo around NZ

We're excited to be hosting International Guest Speaker Tyler Mongan, Founder of Heart Lab, in a series of workshops across the country focused on human physiology and innovation. 

Tyler's expertise is developing valuable collective mindsets within organisations that allow for rapid identifying, testing and actioning of innovative ideas emerging from the future. 

He has presented at conferences around the globe and facilitates innovation and strategy experiences. He consults high-growth start-ups, fortune 500 companies, and government agencies on how to apply human physiology to Innovation & Strategy. He is a Ph.D. candidate researching the application of neuroscience, heart-brain communication and quantum medicine science in the emerging business landscape.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen. BizDojo is back with wellness intentions.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen. BizDojo is back with wellness intentions.

Are you sitting at your desk? 

Are your shoulders a bit hunched, your mind feeling like it can't possibly deal with the week's workload and you feel like you can never make it to the gym anymore?

Join the club! This club isn't exclusive either. It's jam packed with on the go, busy business workers who often feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish what they need. This club is full of creative brains and clever minds who often forget to slow down and take the time to look after what is really important; themselves.

Hello 2017, Hello BizDojo Summer Seminar Series

Hello 2017.

Hello new years resolutions.

Hello gym membership and calling Mum more often and goodbye bank overdraft and buying lunch every day.

There’s something about the changing of the year that inspires us to make a change in ourselves. We reflect on the year that has been, and decide what we don’t want to see in the year to come. However these reflections should really go beyond our personal goals, what should we be working on professionally?

Supported by GridAKL in Auckland and Collider in Wellington, the BizDojo Summer Seminar Series aims to help you get on top of your professional new year resolutions, whether you’ve made some or not.

A more sustainable approach to protein? We talk to Anteater - BizDojo Christchurch Residents

Few people will pause to contemplate the effect drinking their morning coffee, or slicing into their evening dinner may be making on the world around them. But if Anteater has their way this may just change. 

Based out of BizDojo ChristchurchAnteater "acknowledge the imminent crisis surrounding global food security and food sustainability", and have been working hard to make sure that on the menu of your favourite restaurant are some delicious insects. 

Small to medium business tips: dealing with workplace emergencies such as earthquakes

It feels wrong to have to write a blog post like this. After all, how great would it be to exist in a world where the threat of earthquakes or other natural disasters are just that - a threat and not a reality. However, after the events of the past week, there is only so much burying your head in the sand one can do.

The topic of keeping safe in emergencies is one not new to us here in Dojo’, we are pretty serious about Health & safety when it comes to our team and the humans that call BizDojo home and have plans in place for all sorts of eventualities. But when it comes to topics like this, it isn’t all about us. This in mind we have put this blog together to help you, whoever you may be and wherever you may be placed to keep you and your team safe. Think we missed something important? Reach out to us on Twitter or the comments below and we will add it in. 

Is your kettle close to boiling? A reflection of BizDojo Wellington's MHAW

October 10th - 14th, marked New Zealand’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) where communities were urged to take the week as an opportunity to focus on mental wellbeing. 

Having personally witnessed loved ones confronted with varying forms of mental illness, it is a subject matter I am familiar with and one I believe needs to be shared no matter who you are or what you do.

Mental Health Awareness Week: What does Mental Health have to do with business?

Is our pursuit of growth harming us? 

Recently, global startup community 'Startup Grind' reported 72% of American entrepreneurs were affected by mental health issues. They go on to say that this could be correlated with the boundless ambition and drive that many associates with innovators and business owners.

Closer to home, this sentiment has struck a chord with national coworking operator BizDojo. Through conversations with those in the business community, BizDojo co-founder, and Chief Entrepreneur Nick Shewring says it has become evident that there is a growing need to better support the entrepreneurial community in the area of mental health....

We talk success, startup and more with Method Recycling

2016 has been a big year for Wellington BizDojo residents Method Recycling. The company recently won a growth grant from Westpac giving them $50 000 to feed into their export strategy. As if that was not enough, they also took out the rising stars category of the Deloitte Fast 50 Wellington / North Islands awards too.
 
With a winning streak like that Caitlin from BizDojo Wellington took a moment to chat with them about the secrets to their success (that we can all learn from). 

So I have a startup idea... now what do I do?

It may pop into your head at the lights on the way to work. You may muse on it after you nurse your second coffee of the day, or when you are downing the 4th cocktail of the night. However that glinting hint of a business idea chooses to haunt you, the fact is that no amount of simply pondering it will make it real. 

So what exactly do you do now? 

This topic is unsurprisingly one that gets thrown our way a fair bit, and one we often hear residents, experts, and event attendees talking about too. So, before your business idea makes you mortgage your house, or write the kind of resignation letter that will go viral we have six tips to help you get started. 

How do I become a Freelancer: 4 insights for people curious about freelancing

Freelancing or contracting sounds like a great thing to do, but it seems so many people have no idea where to begin. Never fear, we have four tips to get you started!

Increasingly when out-and-about I find my conversations end up with me answering the same set of questions. Sadly not the ones I want to hear (Will you take this corgi? And this affordably priced Auckland House?) but more from people that are stepping out from their 9-5 to start something for themselves. For a while before I joined BizDojo I too was one of these people. After a big stint working client-side I was bored, a bit jaded and not sure of my next steps. And of course I did the only thing a sane person would do - I left the security of a well paying job to go it alone with no idea of what I was doing....