Karamea Co.Starters Graduate

10 May 2022
Development West Coast
Business pitches and collaboration marked the recent celebration night in Karamea for the participants of Development West Coast’s Co.Starters programme.

Co.Starters is a ten-week business start-up and development programme that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships and tools needed to turn business ideas into action.

The latest programme held in Karamea, and delivered by zoom, was facilitated by Jessie Creedmore and Paul Murray.

It concluded on Wednesday with Celebration Night where participants shared their inspiring business pitches to the local business community.

The cohort met in person to celebrate with guests joining on zoom, including Buller District Mayor Jamie Cleine.

Elizabeth Kerlake took home the prize for best pitch of the night on her business Weathertop Karamea – winning a business promo video filmed by NOMAD Audio and Video. She also won the prize for the most customer interactions, winning a business branding package from Tinker Creative.

Cheesemaker, Dianne Anderson, won the prize for Team Choice voted by her peers – winning 12 months of mentoring through Business Mentors New Zealand.

The event was hosted and catered by Vinnie’s Café in Karamea. Vinnie is a Co.Starters graduate from the 2016 Karamea cohort.

"It was inspiring to see this band of new business people achieve the grand finale of an intense 10 weeks; graduation and celebration night!"

Jessie Creedmore | Co.Starters facilitator

DWC’s Programme Co-ordinator Rachel Doolan was impressed with the level of community support for the programme.

“Thank you to the many award sponsors for donating such generous prizes and the weekly guest speakers who shared their experiences in business over the course of the programme.”

To register your interest in the CO.STARTERS programme, please contact DWC on events@dwc.org.nz

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Angela Cronin – Dusk; Dark Unique Skies Karamea (credit Paul Murray).jpg