Events for businesses

Don't miss out on all the upcoming events for businesses within the Wellington region

The Wellington Gold Awards

TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington

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The Wellington Gold Awards in association with The Dominion Post have been celebrating Wellington businesses and their people since 1999. The awards are Wellington’s premier annual business celebration.

Entries are open across the 8 Categories covering the creative industries, technology, infrastructure providers, tourism, exporting, innovation and professional services. 

2021 Entry Forms are downloadable after April 6th on the Gold Awards website. The 2021 Finalists will be announced at Te Wharewaka on June 9th and the Gold Awards night at TSB Arena is Thursday 29th July where up to 1,000 people will be in attendance.

Gold Awards

Silver Linings - Kiwi Success Stories in the Time of Covid

Bolton Hotel, 12 Bolton Street, Wellington

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Surviving and thriving in the Covid environment required quick thinking and innovation from Business owners and Entrepreneurs around the world. Joe Davis, CEO of Nanogirl Labs and David Downs, author and manager at NZTE, joined forces to co-write 'Silver Linings: Kiwi Success Stories in the Time of Covid'. The book shares the many inspirational stories of New Zealand businesses who successfully pivoted their businesses to succeed in response to the challenges imposed by Covid.

This event has received rave reviews with its show and tell style format including video clips from some of their uplifting stories. An inspiring session not to be missed, where you will hear their insight into the five fundamental elements for overcoming adversity. All attendees will receive their own hardcopy version of Silver Linings for posterity!

This event is run by EO Entrepreneur Organisation NZ and is suitable for business owners.

Please contact [email protected] to register your interest.

Silver Linings

Festival for The Future 2021

TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington

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Happening in Wellington on 24-26 July at the TSB Arena, Festival for the Future is a three-day showcase of what’s possible and has been called New Zealand’s most inspiring event. The festival is a carefully tailored fusion of inspiring speakers, workshops, entertainment, and a marketplace for ideas to inspire the next generation of leaders. 

The annual Festival for the Future event attracts 1,200+ delegates – from Mayors and Ministers, to CEOs and emerging leaders, to anyone looking to make a difference for our future.

Festival for the Future

ExportNZ: Wellington Export Awards

Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

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It's that time! Entries are now open for this year's ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards, hosted at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

These awards are a celebration of the vibrant wider Wellington region and all the businesses making a name for New Zealand on the world stage.

Check out the official site to see this year's award categories up for grabs!

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Westpac Smarts: Looking to the future

Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Level 7, 3-11 Hunter Street, Wellington

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New Zealanders are known for our ingenuity and ability to adapt through adversity. The Wellington Chamber Of Commerce have put together a diverse panel of local speakers to answer the questions of how their industry is coping, what they have learned post-covid and how these lessons have prepared them for future disruptions.

Facilitated by Westpac Head of Industry Amber McKnight, this Westpac Smarts will feature a panel of Wellington business leaders who will discuss their journey through the last year. The panel will also answer audience questions.

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Climate Response Accelerator - powered by Creative HQ

Creative HQ, 7 Dixon Street, Wellington

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The Climate Response Accelerator is a 12-week programme designed to help impact-focused entrepreneurs solve some of our planet’s most urgent challenges. Selected teams will be provided with equity free funding, mentorship and the tools and resources to help you advance at each stage of your growth.

You’ll be joining an amazing community of globally-minded changemakers, from tenacious startup founders to board level executives who will provide connections, expertise and support during and after the programme.

Applications close 16 May.

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Westpac Smarts: Navigating Sustainability from a Climate Investor's Perspective

Wellington Chamber Of Commerce,, 3-11 Hunter Street, Wellington

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Whether it is David Attenborough in a Netflix special, protestors on the steps of parliament or the Climate Change Commissioner’s recent report, discussions around what climate change means for us all cannot be ignored.

At this Westpac Smarts event, Craig Weise, Chief Executive of New Zealand Green Investment Finance, will discuss what it all means for businesses navigating the complex landscape of sustainability and climate change.

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Wellington Go Green Expo 2021

TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington

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Wellington Go Green Expo is one of New Zealand’s largest green living & sustainable lifestyle shows! It's your one-stop-shop for everything you need to live a sustainable life.

Eco home/building, food and beverages, advisory services, supplements, organic products, health and wellness, beauty and personal care, household products, pet products, gardening, grocery and many more categories are showcased at this fantastic event that is not to be missed!

A large, diverse range of companies and brands cannot wait to transform your way of life, in favour of the environment and you!


New Zealand Digital Boost Programme

Various Locations, Wellington

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Small businesses are being encouraged to take advantage of free training to help boost their digital tools and technologies.

It’s all part of the Government-funded Digital Boost programme which aims to support thousands of small businesses to develop their digital skills post-Covid.

Digital Boost Program

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