Conference like Dragon’s Den in reverse

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Inspiring Maori businesses through collaborative leadership is the focus of a special conference to be held in Gisborne tomorrow.

CL2IMB, or Collaborative Leadership 2 Inspire Maori Business, is a three-hour event designed to share information, opportunities and connections to support and accelerate Maori business success.

It is a collaboration between provider organisations, agencies, regional networks and Maori enterprises to share funding, training, services and business tips that support Maori business success.

Each event consists of eight strategic partners who each speak for 10 minutes about their organisation, the services they provide, and their top tips for business. It is like a Dragon’s Den but in reverse, where providers pitch to the businesses, including subjects such as funding, training, mentors, investment and marketing.

CL2IMB started in 2017 with the first event held in Kaitaia.

From this initial event came requests from clients, partners and Maori business networks to take it on the road.

Since then it has been shared in 12 locations throughout the country, with a further six events planned in the next six months.

The events are coordinated and run by Poutama Trust business adviser Missy Armstrong.

“They are free to attend, thanks to the generous support of Te Wananga o Aotearoa, New Zealand Maori Tourism and Maori Women’s Development Inc,” she said.

“The events would not be possible without the support of mana whenua and key partners who share, connect and deliver key messages.

“Over the past two years, Poutama has facilitated 12 CL2IMB events throughout Aotearoa, connected with more than 500 businesses and collaborated with over 30 partners with common goals.”

The Gisborne conference is at Emerald Hotel from 2.45pm.

Inspiring Maori businesses through collaborative leadership is the focus of a special conference to be held in Gisborne tomorrow.

CL2IMB, or Collaborative Leadership 2 Inspire Maori Business, is a three-hour event designed to share information, opportunities and connections to support and accelerate Maori business success.

It is a collaboration between provider organisations, agencies, regional networks and Maori enterprises to share funding, training, services and business tips that support Maori business success.

Each event consists of eight strategic partners who each speak for 10 minutes about their organisation, the services they provide, and their top tips for business. It is like a Dragon’s Den but in reverse, where providers pitch to the businesses, including subjects such as funding, training, mentors, investment and marketing.

CL2IMB started in 2017 with the first event held in Kaitaia.

From this initial event came requests from clients, partners and Maori business networks to take it on the road.

Since then it has been shared in 12 locations throughout the country, with a further six events planned in the next six months.

The events are coordinated and run by Poutama Trust business adviser Missy Armstrong.

“They are free to attend, thanks to the generous support of Te Wananga o Aotearoa, New Zealand Maori Tourism and Maori Women’s Development Inc,” she said.

“The events would not be possible without the support of mana whenua and key partners who share, connect and deliver key messages.

“Over the past two years, Poutama has facilitated 12 CL2IMB events throughout Aotearoa, connected with more than 500 businesses and collaborated with over 30 partners with common goals.”

The Gisborne conference is at Emerald Hotel from 2.45pm.

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