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Wellington social enterprises

Social entrepreneurship is flourishing in Wellington with businesses inspiring socially conscious minds to create impact and nurture opportunities for real change. Wellington’s social enterprises are continuously challenging the status-quo, striving for continued improvement, creativity and value.



At the core of Wellington’s social enterprise community is Enspiral - a collaborative network of companies and social change focused professionals working together to create a thriving and valued society.

Established in 2010, Enspiral now encompasses fourteen startups and over three hundred professionals reinventing processes, systems and ways of thinking to form a common community.

Enspiral has been behind the creation and success of ventures such as Loomio, an online tool for everyday democracy and decision making, and Lifehack, which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

Enspiral Space, Enspiral’s co-working space, was the birthplace of Chalkle°, a vibrant learning community to enable people to teach and learn practical, real-life and creative skills outside of formal education. With hundreds of classes and Wellington membership surpassing 1000 people, it’s been going from strength to strength, even winning the Dynamic Community Learning Award the year it launched.

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Inspiring stories

Inspiring Stories is a Wellington based movement of young people who are determined to change the world.

Over 5,000 people have taken part in the programmes available by Inspiring Stories, designed to encourage positive cultural, social and environmental impacts. One of these initiatives includes the Festival for the Future – a social enterprise conference with speakers and workshops to celebrate youth-led innovation and nurture ideas for a better world.

Inspiring Stories has been incredibly successful, and CEO Guy Ryan won Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015 for his role in providing vital opportunities and advice to budding entrepreneurs.

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Akina Foundation

Akina Foundation is an independent charity helping to grow social enterprise across New Zealand. They believe social enterprise represents a powerful opportunity to build a new economy that creates foundations for communities and the environment to thrive.

The Akina Foundation offers development support and investment strategies to enterprises that will enable them to grow and develop to create transformational impact to people with ideas for social or environmental change. They host workshops and clinics, offer advisory services, as well as launchpad and incubator programmes to help social enterprises grow.

Wellington hosts regular meet ups and startup weekends for social enterprises as well as presentations featuring leaders from both the private and public sectors including investors, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs.

There’re clusters of businesses working together in Wellington to deliver social outcomes and services to the community.