The Hi-Growth Launch Programme is a three month workshop-based course best suited to existing businesses with an annual turnover of more than $100,000 and the potential for scalability. The programme provides owners and senior managers with guidance on essential topics focused on growth in the fast-changing business world and practical mentoring from some of New Zealand’s most successful business people and entrepreneurs.

This knowledge, along with the opportunity to make valuable connections, enables organisations to navigate the many challenges experienced when trying to grow their business.

Participants attend weekly workshop sessions for 3 months, every Monday from 4.30pm-7.30pm.  The programme culminates with a graduation evening showcasing the graduating organisations to entrepreneurs, investors and Canterbury business leaders.

There is no cost involved to attend this programme but please note that places for participants are limited and the application process is competitive. 

what's in it for you and your business

Based on feedback from the previous graduates and workshop presenters, participating organisations will gain:

  • Valuable insights from business experts.

  • Improved knowledge and understanding on essential business topics including strategic planning, protecting intellectual property and marketing and sales.

  • Support from one-to-one mentoring with industry specialists.

  • Access to new connections and networks.

  • Advanced presentation skills and training

We ask participating organisations to:

  • Undergo the initial selection panel process and a strategic review before entering the programme.

  • Attend all weekly workshops.

  • Participate in the business mentoring process during the programme.

  • Commit fully to the 12 weeks programme.

Sign a non-disclosure agreement, to protect the interests of all the participating companies.

programme topics

  • Business development strategy
  • Value proposition & Lean Canvas
  • Innovation as a growth factor
  • Marketing to compete in a digital world
  • Sales
  • International markets
  • People growth & people leadership
  • The power of relationships
  • Changing gears in your business
  • Governance & IP
  • Financing & business models