Funding & Scholarships

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) programme

Māori and Pacific people only make up two percent of the technology sector. We want to change that.

We have a number of scholarships specifically for Māori and Pacific candidates aged 16 to 40 for our Full Stack Web Developer Accelerator and Technical Founder Accelerator.

These scholarships are sponsored by Auckland Council’s The Southern Initiative. Auckland is currently experiencing a demand for skilled tradespeople and that demand is expected to grow. The programme is a central government initiative to assist Māori and Pasifika candidates, aged 16 to 40, to:

1. gain qualifications through training and apprenticeships

2. secure sustainable employment with opportunities for progression.

The programme is based on close collaboration with an employer consortium.

How to apply

1. Simply go to our application form 

2. Fill in all the required details 

3. In the referral field, use the code MBTT

4. Submit your details and wait for our assessment call.

To apply for fees free MPTT programmes you must be:

• Aged 16 years to 40 years
• A NZ Citizen /permanent resident
• Of NZ Maori or Polynesian descent
• Be willing to do whatever it takes to land a great job in tech
• Be able to participate in any re-arranged activities through TSI (The Southern Initiative)

Start up grant for South and West Aucklanders

We have partnered with Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s economic and cultural development agency, Auckland Unlimited, and The Southern Initiative, Auckland Council to provide you with grants to help aspiring entrepreneurs from West and South Auckland get your tech product off the ground. This includes:

1. 100% of your fees covered for the Technical Founders Accelerator

2. 100% free access to technology, resources and software to get you building your tech product

3. $2,500 to $10,000 Seed funding to kick start and launch your tech product

4. Mentoring and support from industry professionals

In 12 weeks, you will be well underway to designing and building your technology solution. What are you waiting for? Sign up today to get shortlisted. Only 10 spots available.

How to apply

1. Simply go to our application form 

2. Fill in all the required details 

3. In the referral field, use the code SWG

4. Register your interest and book your consultation call to fast track your application

To apply for this grant you must be:

Aged 18+ years old
• A NZ citizen or permanent resident
• Living in West or South Auckland
Have a technology idea

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