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Social enterprise
Auth0 launches social impact platform & joins Pledge 1% movement
Auth0 has launched a new social impact platform that aims to provide secure access for nonprofit organisations and social enterprises.
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Women in Technology
Melinda Gates behind $50m drive to get women into tech
Melinda Gates is reportedly investing US$50 million in a new initiative to attract more women to the technology sector, starting with roots in the United States.
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Christchurch
Christchurch hosts two events to inspire social entrepreneurship in NZ
This month Christchurch has hosted two key events designed to encourage social entrepreneurship and innovation within New Zealand, with a particular focus on climate change and sustainability.
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Artificial Intelligence
Google report unlocks AI's power for social good
"As more social sector organisations recognise AI’s potential, we all have a role to play in supporting their work for a better world."
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QR code
NZ's The Cookie Project seeks to break down disability stigmas
The Cookie Project, a social enterprise based in New Zealand, has completed a New Zealand first with its first, real person traceable packaging utilising QR code technology.
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Entrepreneur
Impact Hub boosts Waikato’s social enterprise scene
This month Impact Hub Waikato opened in Cambridge. The hub aims to support and expand the region’s social enterprise sector.
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Social enterprise
'Tech for Good' community launches in NZ
The group will encourage more discussion about how technology can work hand-in-hand with social innovation.
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New Zealand Post / NZ Post
NZ social procurement platform boosts social enterprise
The online platform bridges the gap between social enterprises and potential buyers.
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ATEED
Te Haa o Manukau: Auckland's newest coworking space
South Auckland is now home to a new cooworking and makerspace for budding entrepreneurs.
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Social enterprise
Ākina Foundation adds Fulbright scholar to Board
The Ākina Foundation is welcoming new Board of Trustees member Te Puoho (TP) Katene to its governance team, bringing the total number of board members to seven.
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Social enterprise
New Zealand to get a boost on global impact investment stage
The Aotearoa New Zealand National Advisory Boardis now a member of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing, which could mean more opportunities for social enterprises and developing businesses.
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Event
Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum coming to Wellington
The Ākina Foundation is gearing up for this year’s Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum, which is being held at Wellington Zoo in October.
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Startup
SAP Venture Studio funds startups solving social issues
The SAP.iO Venture Studio empowers and guides startups that address social needs or environmental concerns.
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Design
How virtual reality is making people more human-centric
Most people are connected to one device or another throughout the day, and many have speculated that being more connected has made us more alone.
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Social enterprise
Ākina foundation launches new social enterprise development programme
As part of this programme, Ākina is launching The Impact Initiative, a platform to engage with the sector.
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Awards
Christchurch social enterprise convention nabs prize at global event awards
The Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 was held in Ōtautahi, Christchurch for three days in September.
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Gaming
Social enterprise develops game for learning sign language
The game has passed the prototype stage, and SeeCom are currently doing research to produce the full game version.
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Social enterprise
NZ’s first social impact investment fund goes live
Investments will focus on expansion opportunities in sectors such as sustainable food production, agriculture technology, healthcare, clean energy.
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Ministry of Social Development
Accelerator helps social enterprises get marginalised employees into work
Launchpad Work is an accelerator for enterprises wanting to provide jobs or training for those who face the greatest barriers to work.
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Cryptocurrency
Nelson not-for-profit electricity provider accepting payment in Bitcoin
"NextGen Energy is creating disruptive opportunities within the NZ electricity sector, and actively pursues the adoption of new technologies."
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Startup
Community startup and home care platform join forces to care for the elderly
Together, WeVisit and Mycare aim to address some of the most essential, personal challenges facing New Zealanders.
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Accelerator
Change accelerator participants making positive social impact
New Zealand has some statistics we can’t be proud of right now, statistics around youth suicide, around homelessness, around incarceration.
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Social enterprise
Ākina Foundation announces new CEO, farewells Alex Hannant
Akina's new CEO, Louise Aitken was previously the programme manager of global sustainability and social responsibility at Fonterra.
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Social enterprise
Wellington social enterprise launches web app for volunteers
“We found the volunteering process cumbersome, so we decided to design an easy solution to find opportunities that line up with your skills."