The Hikurangi Foundation steps forward with a new name and branding

27 May 2014

Haere ra, Hikurangi Foundation, kia ora Ākina Foundation. Last week, Hikurangi Foundation revealed its new name and branding: the Ākina Foundation.

Ākina is a Māori word that conveys a spirit of bold action. It also conveys a spirit of watchful and active encouragement, helping others to identify pathways through their challenges.

Hikurangi Foundation changed its name to help better demonstrate its evolving approach and increased capacity to support New Zealand’s emerging social enterprise sector.

“The change reflects our evolvement in purpose and responsibility over the last two years, and gives clarity around our new mission and strategy to grow the emerging New Zealand social enterprise sector,” says Alex Hannant, Chief Executive of the Ākina Foundation.

Ākina’s mission is to:

  • Activate talent, raise awareness and build capability for social enterprise.
  • Support high-potential social enterprises to deliver scalable solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges.
  • Facilitate new market and investment opportunities for social enterprise.

The Ākina Foundation has structured its support to be delivered via four programmes:

workshops and clinics; advisory services; an incubator and an accelerator pilot, the Launchpad.

Applications to participate in The Launchpad programme are now open, closing on Sunday 29 June.

The Launchpad is a collaboration between Ākina, Contact Energy, and the Department of Internal Affairs.
The programme has been designed to take inspired business ideas and turn them into tested, investment-ready social enterprises that will have a big impact on a social or environmental problem. With six months of intensive support and coaching, our aim is to turn 10 inspired social enterprise ideas into thriving, self-sustaining businesses.

The six-month programme will run from October 2014 to March 2015. It will provide participants with high-quality business mentoring and coaching; theory, tools, access to networks, markets and investment; and a window into the reality of what makes a successful social entrepreneur.

If you’ve got a great business solution for a social or environmental problem, Ākina want to hear from you. Click here for more details.

To find out more about the Ākina Foundation and visit its new website, click here.