20 Nov 2013

Maori entrepreneur programme for Otago

8:48 am on 20 November 2013

Budding Maori entrepreneurs from Otago University could see their business ideas come to life after an intensive training programme.

Fourteen Maori students will begin the programme next week that develops kaupapa Maori entrepreneurship.

Business School Associate Dean of Maori Janine Kapa-Blair says the students will ultimately form a business concept which relates to themes of kai, technology and whanau.

She says as well as the best group taking $5000, there is also an exciting opportunity to link them with a local tribe, Kati Huiraka.

Ms Kapa-Blair says the runaka is looking at business opportunities, and she has suggested it work with the students to explore a business opportunity or help start one up.

The course kicks off with a noho marae at Puketeraki on 24 November and ends on December 17.