Mana Nation

Our Foundation for Leadership and Entrepreneurship

At the heart of our kaupapa, we are redefining leadership and entrepreneurship for a rapidly evolving world. We offer engaging and culturally enriched mentoring and scholarship programmes designed for government, educational institutes and organisations
that seek to nurture and support:
Business Innovation and Leadership | Pakihi Auaha me te Arataki

Entrepreneurs | Hinonga
looking to develop and commercialise their innovations.
Businesses | Pakihi that are high-impact, growth-oriented, and technology-focused, with a strong emphasis on equipping participants with AI experience.
Organisations | Whakahaere exploring cultural significance to enhance team building and alignment in their business practices.

Youth Pathway Programmes | Huarahi Rangatahi

Youth | Rangatahi
 seeking pathways to entrepreneurship, employment, and further education, particularly in environments enriched with artificial intelligence. We have a strong focus on propelling our rangatahi into higher skilled roles, ensuring they are prepared for advanced opportunities and challenges in the modern workforce

Family Team Building and Leadership Programmes | Hōtaka Ārahi Whānau

Family Leadership | Arataki Whānau
aimed at reigniting family relationships and ambitions in a fun and dynamic way

Motivational Speaker Series | Raupapa Kaikōrero Whakaohooho

We offer access to a variety of keynote and guest speaker topics from our founders, designed for a wide range of events, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally, including insights into AI applications and developments.

Our suite of programmes is delivered directly to your organisations, each designed to inspire, empower, and transform with a strong focus on modern technological skills, particularly artificial intelligence, and career elevation for our youth.

Join us in shaping the future of leadership and entrepreneurship.

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In partnership with Te Kura Pakihi, University of Otago Māori Business School - Konaki was launched by INNOV8HQ in 2018 to provide a platform for māori business students to exercise their skills to in a real world setting by profile matching their skillset with startups on nominated projects.

Since its inception, students and startups participating in the project receive the best of both worlds;
- improving self confidence and industry exposure
- reinforcing the skills they have learnt are relevant and appreciated by the startup founders
- initiates and accelerates the startups momentum

In 2022, we are delighted to have this programme as part of the new Bachelor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Otago.

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Mana Rangatahi -
Supporting our youth pathways

Mana Rangatahi is an exciting and award winning youth leadership programme that has supported over 400 youth aged 16-24 years, from all backgrounds and ethnicities who are curious or challenged with next steps in their lives. 

The programme is can be part time or full time basis covering a total of 80 hours of fun and thought provoking strategies and activities. It is based on Mātauranga Māori at the basis of the philosophy an and encouragescritical thinking and resilience based activities for the modern work environment. This whole person approach focuses on re-establishing life skills and aligning these with life, career ambitions and related skill pathways.

Find out more about how to get involved and join our tribe of rangatahi, community partners, by clicking below

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Mana Whānau - The Power of Family Leadership

Mana Whānau Aotearoa is an exciting new entrepreneurial programme designed for our families, inspired by our Mana Rangatahi programme to reinvigorate their power as a family unit - regardless of how you define family. 

Over the decades we have become so busy with our lives, we have missed out on the relationships that forge our ambitions and strengths. Our parents, grandparents, guardians within our family units provide the history and experience that can help us define where we are from. This shapes the perfect starting point to design more on who and what we represent in todays world.

This is a unique team building initiative inspired to help families build their identity and ambitions not only as individuals, but as a team, group unit.

If you want to learn more, we invite you to click below

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Mana Wahine - Motivational Speaker

From the little country town of Milton, South Otago, NZ to co-founding one of the worlds first Indigenous co-working spaces, INNOV8HQ.

Heidi is a popular motivational speaker and keynote, with her Culturally Curious Wahinepreneur series in Aotearoa and overseas sharing her journey through how you can discover and build identity and culture through your mahi/work.

She works with leaders and communities around the world with her dynamic style to inspire more female and indigenous entrepreneurs and leaders.

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