Changing the image of a city takes time. And one of the organisations that is working hard to do this is Ministry of Awesome. Ministry of Awesome provides a launch pad for the entrepreneurs in Christchurch and is working on changing the image of Christchurch to the city of opportunities. And they are doing this along with some incredible organisations like Christchurch NZ, ARA, Canterbury Tech, Callaghan Innovation, The Chamber, Canterbury Angels, EPIC, and UC’s Centre for Entrepreneurship.

The Indian Weekender spoke to Startup Activation Programme Coordinator at MoA, Jacob Varghese, who said that Ministry of Awesome is the starting point for entrepreneurs, innovators, and startups in the city. Jacob said one of the unique things about MoA is the Startup Accelerator programme which gives entrepreneurs the support and mentoring needed to make their venture market ready. The programme offers capability training programmes like the Launch Club early stage accelerator programme and ‘Deep Dive’ series of training sessions.

MoA works with high growth early stage entrepreneurs and startups. One of the best things about MoA is that it is not sector focused. However, most of the start-ups they have been working on are technology startups including Healthcare, Agritech, Transport, Digital Technology and interestingly LawTech. The entrepreneurs that MoA has worked in past include Lucy Bennetto from Bennetto Foods who recently secured a great deal with a Swiss chocolate manufacturing company.

There are many ways one can connect with the Ministry of Awesome. Anyone can attend their weekly networking event, Coffee and Jam sessions which run from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Tuesdays. They can also signup for Activator Sessions that are made up of 20-minute mentoring sessions where entrepreneurs of all sizes and stages talk through their business and get focused feedback from Jacob. Readers of The Indian Weekender can also contact Jacob at directly for one free session of mentoring.