Akina Newsletter

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Akina Foundation, Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 hosts, have taken over our News section to bring you this excellent milestone newsletter!



  • Congratulations to all our Bursary & Scholarship recipients.
  • Māori Bursary Fund Announced by Hon Te Ururoa Flavell
  • Ticketing Update – we’re over halfway there!
  • NZ Story Blog – The Rise of Social Enterprise in NZ.

300 Recipients Funded to attend SEWF

Thanks to the kind support from our partners, we have been able to grant 300 amazing recipients with tickets and financial assistance for the forum. We received an overwhelming volume of applications, and the standard of entry was very high with the passion of both aspiring and practicing social entrepreneurs of all ages shining through. 
  • NZ Bursary Fund: 156 social entrepreneurs
  • Youth Scholarship: 81 young people (supported by the Ministry of Youth Development, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, and Youth Enterprise Trust).
  • Australian Bursary Fund: 63 social entrepreneurs (supported by Social Traders Australia in partnership with the English Family Foundation and Philanthropy Australia).

We’re also thrilled to announce that the Ākina Foundation will be supporting rising social entrepreneurs from a couple of accelerator programmes: 
  • Te Whare Hukahuka: 20 social entrepreneurs who graduated from the Ka Eke Poutama programme and are now running their own enterprise will join the Forum to share their recent experience of starting up.
  • Vodafone Foundation: the 10 participants of this year’s Community Technology accelerator programme will be working to launch technology-based innovation products focused on positive outcomes for youth; they will join us at SEWF to get inspired as they work their way through an intensive idea generation and validation process!

Māori Bursary Fund Announced

Hon Te Ururoa Flavell announced the launch of the Māori Entrepreneur bursary fund. Thanks to support from ‘He Kai Kei Aku Ringa’ Māori Entrepreneur Fund, this new bursary fund will support around 30 Māori social entrepreneurs and practitioners in Aotearoa (NZ) to attend and participate in SEWF 2017. This is made possible by the generous contributions of Te Puni Kōkiri and Hikina Whakatutuki. This fund will assist and enable diverse participation, capacity building, and increase the connectivity of NZ’s leading social entrepreneurs at SEWF 2017. A massive thank you to our partners for making this happen!

Along with the announcement of our combined 300 Bursary & Scholarship recipients, we are pleased to report that tickets have been selling fast. With just 3 months until the forum, we are preparing for a record number of attendance, with over 700 tickets now allocated.

SEWF is set to be New Zealand’s largest ever social enterprise conference. With 6 streams of activities, across 3 days of forum, featuring over 80 social enterprise speakers among 40+ sessions… there’s something at SEWF for everyone. Don’t miss out – register for your ticket today!

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Check out the latest blog about SEWF, published on NZStory.govt.nz


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Defining Social Enterprise. 

Since the beginning of the 1990s the social economy has gradually come to be recognised as the ‘third sector’ outside of the private and public. Made up of cooperatives, charities, and associations, the social sector has continued to grow through this century…

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