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Innovation hub continues growth

There has never been a better time to be in business in Nelson Tasman. Mahitahi Colab celebrated its first birthday at the beginning of November, with some new initiatives paving the way for business growth and development at the growing innovation hub.

We have announced a newly launched website, auprise - you're currently on it!) which allows businesses at any stage of the lifecycle to self-identify and track their way through the vast wealth of knowledge business service providers in the region have to offer. From start-up, SME, scale-up and exit – now you can navigate Nelson Tasman’s innovation ecosystem, find not only the best organisations for the service you know you need – but uncover a variety of different training, events and development tools you perhaps weren’t aware of.

Our new website includes a collaborative innovation events calendar for the region. Owners, founders and entrepreneurs can easily track what’s happening in the region to benefit your business, or the learning and development of your teams. The team here at Mahitahi Colab welcome all local organisations or service providers whom have a relevant event to get in touch - let us add your event to the calendar!

Another key project Mahitahi Colab has launched is one that has long been asked for by the business community – access to NMIT students for real world work projects. Now you can visit Mahitahi Colab in person or online and access NMIT’s talent pool directly. This pool of young professionals – ‘Pareto Business Solutions’ is entirely run by students and powered by Mahitahi Colab. The talent is currently made up of all Masters student across a wide variety of disciplines. The first client to officially announce their engagement with this team is Port Nelson, whom are tapping into this talent pool for their 20 Year Plan.

To access the student team for a wide variety of work projects, contact

Alongside mapping the local ecosystem, Mahitahi Colab is also working hard to build partnerships with innovation accelerator and incubator programmes around New Zealand. These include SPROUT, Creative HQ, Food HQ and other highly successful programmes with access to industry specific resources for Nelson Tasman businesses. This initiative will allow Nelson Tasman food and beverage businesses, alongside other key categories a pathway to the best resources for growth, research and development and scale.

As well as being an innovation hub, Mahitahi Colab is the perfect venue for businesses looking for event space. From private meeting rooms, boardroom facilities, digital presentations, and events up to 120pax, the Colab is available for hire. You are encouraged to contact to book or find out more.

Mahitahi Colab was born out of partnership with NRDA, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce and NMIT – and has quickly picked up collaborators such as Nelson Angels, Nelson AI Institute, Co.Starters, Provincial Development Fund, Regional Business Partner Network, NZTE and Callaghan Innovation. If you are interested in collaborating either on a fulltime, partime or hotdesk basis, get in touch via or contact Sinead direct for more detail.

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