Māori business ecosystem supports emerging tech

Te Tira Toi Whakangao T3W), is a group of global Māori tech companies and Māori sector investors working together to build a virtually connected Māori business support ecosystem.

New Zealand has some brilliant and successful Māori businesses in the tech sector. However, Māori are under-represented in this sector.

In 2016, Māori tech companies and iwi investors undertook a nine-day tour of the US to explore sales and investment opportunities and learn about the US tech market ecosystem.

The trip resulted in trade deals for our Māori customers such as Pango Productions, who, alongside Warner Brothers, are producing a landmark documentary series on the All Blacks for global tech giant Amazon.

But it doesn’t stop there. Investor delegates have committed to keep working together as T3W, a national transformative project for Māori economic development.

What T3W learned: we need a New Zealand-wide Māori tech connector to support innovation

In Silicon Valley, fostering innovation is well-structured and built on large communities of innovators and start-ups. There is an extensive wrap-around education with strong connections to business. We need to do the same for Māori tech innovation in New Zealand.

For a budding young Māori entrepreneur with a great idea, limited support exists, with no clear path to market. And while we’re not Silicon Valley, we can create scale through cooperation and collaboration.

T3W is now building on initiatives that are already in play and is developing a virtually connected Māori tech platform to enable Māori in the regions to access national support, networks, and the investment community.;

Driven by Māori and supported by NZTE, the hub will create a pipeline of Māori tech start-ups from regional New Zealand to global markets.

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