Start NZ Up — An Action Plan For a More Entrepreneurial Economy in Aotearoa New Zealand

A 20 year vision to put innovation and entrepreneurship into the hearts and minds of every New Zealand citizen

Start NZ Up — An action plan for a more entrepreneurial economy in Aotearoa New Zealand

This last one is the biggest ask of all, and one we need a concerted effort as a community to land, especially since all of these recommendations require policy-level change to happen.

Covid-19 just blasted our economy years into the future

Adapted From Digital Transformation Quiz, Susanne Wolk (Twitter)

The pandemic has spawned a raft of accelerated business model transformations in weeks not years

How do we leverage our current leadership in the world to brand ourselves not only the capital of tourism, but the capital of innovation and digital technology? As a place where future change makers want to be?

Why now is the time to build

The biggest opportunity for New Zealand right now is not just recovery and rebuilding, it’s transforming our people into a workforce that can create the jobs of tomorrow, not just today.

Why Startups?

Startups present an opportunity for New Zealand to diversify its economy, and generate exports that aren’t tied to our primary resources or location, allowing our isolated workforce to connect to three billion other collaborators, customers, and other global leaders to make NZ an incubation nation of world-changing ideas.

What is a Startup Ecosystem?

What Makes a Successful Startup Ecosystem?

Whilst we’ve done a lot to encourage the growth of the startup ecosystem in New Zealand, it is ultimately sub-scale, because New Zealand is sub-scale

Source: The Icehouse, NZGCP, Angel Association NZ-led Submission to Government

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that if we can push more startups into the top of the funnel, support them with as much unfair advantage as we can through networks, capital, and support, then we’ll get more companies and potential breakout successes like Xero at the bottom of the funnel.

Corporate participation is still a huge missing part of NZ’s Innovation Economy

Source: Unleashing New Zealand’s Potential — Faster! Innovation Mission to Israel June 2016

New Zealand also has an opportunity to be *the* world-leader of a regenerative impact economy as more and more of our startups focus on sustainable innovation

Source: The Impact Economy Ecosystem, created by Rebecca Mills & inspired by Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics Model

If the future of NZ’s economy relies on innovation and entrepreneurship, then how do we double-down on building an impact economy at its heart?

We need to be bolder in our ambitions

Introducing Start NZ Up

Overview and Summary Recommendations

“Startups beget startups. People who work for startups start their own. People who get rich from startups fund new ones. I suspect this kind of organic growth is the only way to produce a startup hub, because it’s the only way to grow the expertise you need” — Paul Graham

A High-Impact Approach For The Long-Term Sustainability and Defensibility of our Economy

A solid blend of complexities, but each providing high impact on NZ’s entrepreneurial economy

To create transformational results requires transformational thinking. The opportunity ahead of us needs us to take risks, to think big, and to reimagine New Zealand as a place where world-changing founders are made, and where the best entrepreneurs in the world want to be.

The world’s eyes are upon us. Let’s lean in together New Zealand.

How you can help?

This last one is the biggest ask of all, and one we need a concerted effort as a community to land, especially since all of the recommendations require policy-level change to happen.

He pai te tirohanga ki ngā mahara mō ngā rā pahemo engari ka puta te māramatanga i runga i te titiro whakamua // It’s fine to have recollections of the past, but wisdom comes from being able to prepare opportunities for the future — Māori Whakatauki

About the author

Kia ora, I’m Dan.

I strongly believe entrepreneurial success is all about timing, and that New Zealand’s time is now.

Start NZ Up — An action plan for a more entrepreneurial economy in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Experienced startup CTO/CPO based in New Zealand; Built startup community & accelerator space in NZ; Passionate about helping Kiwi founders go global from NZ.

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Dan Khan

Experienced startup CTO/CPO based in New Zealand; Built startup community & accelerator space in NZ; Passionate about helping Kiwi founders go global from NZ.