Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Registrations are now open for two courses facilitated by Kit Hindin and run by Ministry of Awesome and Ara/Te Pukenga: The Innovation Accelerator and the Entrepreneurship Business Accelerator. 

Innovation Accelerator

Ignite your entrepreneurial spirit, drive breakthroughs and unleash the future.

Starts Wednesday 2nd August, 10:00-13:00
Classes run for 9 weeks

Welcome to the world of innovation, where ideas come to life, boundaries are pushed and breakthroughs are made.

Whether you dream of pioneering your own startup, spearheading innovation within your organisation, or you simply want to embrace a mindset of continuous improvement, this transformational, nine-week course will equip you with essential tools, strategies and inspiration to thrive in the ever-changing world of innovation.

Throughout this immersive programme, you’ll combine cutting-edge theory with hands-on practical experiences. You’ll engage in dynamic group projects and develop your own innovation project, tackling real-world challenges, applying your newfound knowledge and bringing your bold ideas to fruition.

You’ll explore a wide range of methodologies and learn innovation tools that companies like Apple, Google, Airbnb and Ford use to innovate and stay ahead of the curve. From design thinking and ideation tools to measuring impact and disruptive technologies, the skills you acquire will give you a versatile toolkit to tackle complex problems and seize exciting opportunities.

Topics covered include: Innovation Processes, Creativity, Scoping and Analysis, Futures Thinking, User Journeys, Disruption, Impact Assessment, Innovative Business Models, Leadership, Building Teams, Effective Communication, Culture.

Business Accelerator (Entrepreneurship)

Master the art of entrepreneurship – from vision to venture.

Starts Monday 31st July, 17:30-20:30
Classes run for 9 weeks

In the landscape of entrepreneurship, dreams are transformed into reality, ideas become thriving businesses and innovation drives success.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur ready to take the leap, a seasoned professional seeking to launch a new venture, or an intrapreneur looking to drive innovation within your organisation, this dynamic and comprehensive nine-week course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and mindset to embark on a transformative journey into entrepreneurship.

Cutting-edge theories are blended with practical applications throughout the course. You’ll be immersed in the entrepreneurial mindset and explore key concepts such as lean startup principles, rapid prototyping, creative thinking and business model development.

You’ll gain an understanding of the startup ecosystem, learn how to navigate challenges and leverage tools to stay ahead of the competition. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals and work on developing your own startup idea. By applying your knowledge and skills in a practical setting, you’ll develop the confidence and resilience necessary to thrive in the dynamic world of entrepreneurship.

Topics covered include: Problem Discovery, Lean Canvas, User Journeys, Design Thinking, Idea Validation, Customer Personas, Business Models, Solution Development, Prototyping, Value Proposition, Competitors, Marketing, Financials and Digital Tools.

Professional Endorsements

  • Of all the professionals I have worked with I consider Kit one of the very best for creative, design and strategic foresight. I’ve been working with Kit for more than 10 years. We’ve had a number of tasks over the years that required a focus on detail and the ‘big picture’. Kit’s communication skills mean that we nail the task in half the time. Professionalism, honesty and integrity wrapped up with a great sense of humour.

    Mike Pero, CEO
    Mike Pero Real Estate
  • Working with Kit on our Futures review was an absolute pleasure. The professionalism, knowledge, and calm approach before, during and after the workshop was very much appreciated. Kit's ability to facilitate many different views, thoughts, and inputs on the day to clarify the way forward was amazing. They supported us through a process that allowed us really to think outside the box, ask the hard questions, be open to new ideas and different scenarios re what our future could look like. We had the full report back within days, which was impressive and are now able to move forward confidently to make plans for our future success. We enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend Kit to anyone thinking about how to meet future challenges, fully informed with the right plans for success.
    Jane Sheard, CEO
  • I worked with Kit over a number of years. Kit is a wonderful, thoughtful , deep thinking and empathetic facilitator who has a real commitment to people and to helping them to be their best. Kit is a rare human who can both look after the details and the people. I look forward to working with them again in the future.
    Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM
    Independent Director, Futurist
  • Kit has major expertise in designing and facilitating workshops and delivering high quality events. They are one of Aotearoa New Zealand's emerging leaders in the futures and foresight space, having trained with some of the finest practitioners globally. Kit has a unique ability to 'use the future' today, combining tried and true futures tools with a commitment to action. Anyone working with Kit will gain many new skills and have a wider view of the futures landscape.
    Cheryl Doig, Futurist
    Think Beyond
  • I’ve experienced Kit’s facilitation several times and it is rare to find someone as capable and skilled in their art.  Kit is instantly able to command attention, build engagement, make people feel at ease and guide the flow of an event fluidly.  Highly recommended!

    Ben Reed, Managing Director
    Hamilton Jet
  • I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kit for over 5 years and know that their facilitation will always be fun, engaging, professional, and focused on delivering outcomes. Kit has a unique mix of skills in strategic foresight, entrepreneurship and innovation, and coaching which gives them the empathy and know-how to facilitate groups through tough conversations. They are an exemplary facilitator, strategist, and coach and have consistently overdelivered in all of our engagements together.
    Marian Johnson, CEO
    Ministry of Awesome
  • Kit has the powerful ability to intimately empathize with their client’s needs while catalyzing that client’s curiosity and courage to imagine and design toward a more creative and just future. I am eternally grateful for my work with Kit.
    David Clifford
    Stanford, Co-creator: Liberatory Design
  • I've had the privilege of watching Kit work for some years, and working with them directly more recently. Kit is skilled, energetic, compassionate and highly professional. As a facilitator,  Kit is inclusive and enthusiastic; as a programme designer, thoughtful and outcomes-focused. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Kit for any facilitation or coaching work - you'll be lucky to work with them!
    Kaila Colbin, CEO
    SingularityU, Boma
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