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Later in Life (50+) Entrepreneurs

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The second and more recent target audience is those over 50 who want to start a business for the first time later in life but have no prior experience of doing so.

A specialist programme has been developed, the first of its kind in New Zealand. It has been built on the findings of a key research project that identified in detail the unique starting position of “senior entrepreneurs” (50+ years old) in New Zealand and their preferred ways of learning.

This new ‘Starting a Business Later in Life Programme’ received initial grants from the Office for Seniors in conjunction with Selwyn District Council for two pilots to be undertaken. The plan is to role the programme out to national and, potentially, international audiences.

The aim of the Programme is to turn each participant’s own idea into their new business venture.

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This process has three distinct phases.

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Stage 1

Our pre-course interview and checklist ensure participants’s understand the rewards and challenges of starting a new business venture for the first time.

Stage 2

Our interactive Workshops then guide the participant to take their idea through to a validated business model.

Stage 1

Our pre-course interview and checklist ensure participants’s understand the rewards and challenges of starting a new business venture for the first time.

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In partnership with

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Univentures is delighted to announced that, in partnership with UC Online and in conjunction with UCE (University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship), new funding from the Office for Seniors (https://officeforseniors.govt.nz) has been awarded to develop a new online version of the successful Starting a Business Later in Life Programme.

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Univentures is delighted to announced that, in partnership with UC Online and in conjunction with UCE (University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship), new funding from the Office for Seniors (https://officeforseniors.govt.nz) has been awarded to develop a new online version of the successful Starting a Business Later in Life Programme.

For more information, contact:

Dr Chris Kirk
univentures@xtra.co.nz
021 868070

Are you over 50?

Do you have an idea for starting a business?

Questions many over the age of 50 ask about starting businesses for the first time:

  • Where do I even start?
  • Is my idea worth pursuing?
  • Should I bother at my stage of life?
  • What do I do first?
  • Can I ensure success?
  • Can I get support to do this?

If you are thinking about whether your business idea is a realistic option for you, or if you have recently started a business, you are invited to register interest in New Zealand’s first ever dedicated Starting a Business Later-in-Life Programme™ online.

The Starting a Business Later-in-Life Programme™ online:

  • Is designed specifically for over 50s getting into business for the first time.
  • Takes each participant’s own ‘idea’ right through to launching a new business.
  • Empowers participants through a practical, ‘learn by doing’ approach.
  • Connects participants to expert coaches, mentors and funding opportunities.
  • Introduces new tools and templates for the over 50s to build new successful ventures.
  • ‘Demystifies’ entrepreneurship and debunks myths around retirement.