We can provide you with information, support and advice to get your business idea off the ground and improve your chances for success.


Start-up Clinics 

Have you got a business idea or are you working in a cottage industry (from home, or out of the garage) that’s supplementing your income and ticking along nicely, but you’re not quite getting the volume that you’re after and you’re ready to scale things up? Then come along to CEDA’s start-up clinic.  
Run by CEDA’s business growth advisory team, start-up clinics are held at CEDA headquarters, on the second Tuesday of every month. These free 30-minute sessions will equip you with insight, connections, an action plan and key goals to grow your business. 

Useful tools 

A range of guides and templates at business.govt.nz will help you objectively assess your business idea and you can download practical templates to help you implement your action plan. 

Enterprise Allowance

If you or your partner receive government assistance, you might be able to get an allowance from Work and Income while you get your business off the ground.

Target Markets

Statistics NZ has several tools that can help you locate your target market, and find data on industries and export markets.

Business Start-Up Pack

CEDA offers free business start-up packs. If you are interested, contact CEDA with your name, contact details, postal address, and what type of business you are interested in starting.

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Business Mentors New Zealand Start-up Programme

A start-up needs a different approach from a business that is already trading. The Business Mentors Start-up Programme provides six months of accelerated mentoring for people who have a new business idea or are looking for help in starting a new business. A mentor with experience in business start-ups will offer guidance, act as a sounding board, test your thinking, and support you to develop a robust business plan.

The programme is designed for people who have a business idea and want to explore it confidentially.

How do I apply?

Apply online. There is a registration fee, which entitles you to use the mentoring service for six months. This is the only cost to you – the mentoring is free. Business Mentors New Zealand is 70% funded by private sector companies and 30% funded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Register your interest now