Got an awesome idea for a business, but not sure how to make it real? IDEAStarter is just what you’ve been waiting for.

IDEAStarter helps young Aucklanders to dream up the next big idea, create a business plan; and do it with the right support.

If you’re an Auckland resident aged 15-24 and have an idea for a new product or service you can enter IDEAStarter now, either individually or as part of a team, via www.ideastarter.co.nz.

Help will be available along the way, with free IDEA Generator mentoring sessions to help entrants develop their idea to its full potential and complete their entry.

Competition judges will award prize packs for the best entries, including iPads and sessions with an expert business mentor to help them grow their entrepreneurial skills.

This is the second year that IDEAStarter has been held. One of the inaugural winners, Andrea Reid – who outlined a plan to connect Auckland’s parks and reserves together to make ‘pollination pathways’ – says IDEAStarter “taught me how to take my idea from just an idea to a reality.”

Andrea’s advice to anyone considering entering IDEAStarter is “to just do it… get on with it and make it happen, because if you just sit around waiting for it to happen nothing’s ever going to change.”

Patrick McVeigh of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), Auckland’s economic growth agency, agrees.

“IDEAStarter is a great way for creative, enthusiastic young people from across Auckland to get support to develop their ideas.

“They’ll be able to get support and learn from experts, and potentially turn their ideas – no matter how small or big – into a business of their own.”

For full details on IDEAStarter, or to submit an idea or register for free IDEA Generator mentoring sessions, visit www.ideastarter.co.nz. Entries close 2 May.

IDEAStarter is sponsored by The Tindall Foundation and delivered by ATEED and Auckland Council’s Youth Connections.

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