Starting a Business Over 50

Coaching and tools for starting a business in New Zealand

Are you aged 50+ with an idea for starting your own business, but don't know where to start? Our online programme is designed specifically for you! Over 8 weeks, we'll take you through each step of the journey, from idea to launch, providing you with the essential information, tools and support you need to turn your idea into a successful business.

In partnership with Univentures, funded by Te Tari Kaumātua – the Office for Seniors

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Starting a Business Over 50

Starting a Business Over 50 has been run as a pilot programme by Te Tari Kaumātua – the Office for Seniors in partnership with Univentures

Are you aged 50+ and looking to start your own business? This online course recognises the unique position of senior New Zealand entrepreneurs, supporting them to succeed with workshops, start-up tools, business modelling and coaching. This eight week course is designed to: 

  • Demystify entrepreneurship and debunk myths around retirement;
  • Take participants' ideas and plan them through to the launch stage;
  • Empower participants through a practical, ‘learn by doing’ approach;
  • Connect participants to expert coaches, mentors and funding opportunities;
  • Introduce tools and templates for those aged over 50 to build new successful ventures.

The customised start-up techniques within this course enable participants to check the viability of their initial ideas, before developing them into practical and sustainable business models through 3 stages: 

  • Stage 1: an initial 1-to-1 checklist leading to acceptance into the programme
  • Stage 2: a series of 4 online modules and supporting workshops, leading to the creation of a business model
  • Stage 3: a period of 1-to-1 mentor guidance leading to launching a new business

Get your idea off the ground and learn how to make your business succeed with Starting a Business Over 50. 

Qualification Short course
Learning time 80 hours | about 10 hours a week
Dates Coming soon
Type Self-paced
This course is ideal for
  • People aged 50+ looking to start a business for the first time
  • People aged 50+ looking to improve their recently-started business
What you'll learn
  • How to develop a viable business model
  • How to analyse the market and competitors
  • Skills to create marketing messages
  • How to calculate costs and revenue streams
  • What you need to analyse your buyer’s journey
  • How to build a digital marketing campaign
  • Skills to network and pitch for funding
This course includes
  • Online content and activities
  • Supporting group sessions with instructors/coaches
  • One-on-one sessions with coaches/mentors
  • Learner discussion forums
  • Audio and visual learning content – closed captions English transcriptions available
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