John Holt, Chairman and Cofounder of the Kiwi landing pad, explains what the BNZ Shouldertap is.
The BNZShouldertap program provides the opportunity for aspiring Kiwi entrepreneurs and technology start ups to spend time in San Francisco immersed in a curated community of experienced entrepreneurs and business people.
The primary objective is to accelerate the design and development of the product or service business model by exploring in-market business development, investment, mentorship and strategic partnership opportunities.
BNZShouldertap is a joint collaboration between BNZ and Kiwi Landing Pad.
As a BNZShouldertap participant, you’ll receive mentoring from the Kiwi Landing Pad & BNZ network, required to spend time in the US market (time to be determined, case by case basis), you’ll have access to the Kiwi Landing Pad facilities and meeting rooms. You’ll be coached on how to take your business to the next level with tailored sessions on entering the U.S. market, finding partnership opportunities, and securing funding.
The Kiwi Landing Pad was co-founded by Trade Me founder Sam Morgan and John Holt in 2011 and partners with the government to “soften the landing” of aspiring Kiwi tech startups into San Francisco. Mr Holt said to date it had directly helped around 80 companies and doubled that number of entrepreneurs, including those who learned quickly their business idea wasn’t going to fly.
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