Manzana. Creative Entrepreneurship Community

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Manzana. Creative Entrepreneurship Community

Project 2021-12-24 14:22:43 +1300

 

Why?
Manzana is importantly female-founded and led. This is a response to the male-dominated startup ecosystem currently dominating Aotearoa New Zealand. We need a community for us, by us. Since initiating this project we have had an astounding response.


After lockdown, when many of us lost our jobs, it meant freelancing or bootstrapping from home… it’s not exactly the most conducive environment for knowledge sharing and supporting one another.




One major inspiration has been Get Off the Grass: Kickstarting New Zealand’s Innovation Economy by Shaun Hendy and Paul Callaghan, which identified NZ as being behind economically due to a lack of knowledge-sharing. Bringing people together = economic growth. It’s literally that simple. (If you don’t believe us read the book: aucklanduniversitypress.co.nz/get-off-the-grass/).



That’s why being in the City Centre is important. Not only is it where the largest number of people in NZ congregate, but it is also near the universities, other businesses, and transport links.


 



View from inside with our only two chairs.. and signage donated by bigideas.co.nz

Additionally. We know it is important to diversify this space because only 8% of NZX 50 CEOs are women, yet “companies, where women held more than 30% of board seats, outperformed their peers in 11 of 15 sectors. Companies with at least 30% non-white directors saw year on year revenue grow by 4%. Those with less racially diverse boards had a revenue decline.” (Source: boardready.io/report-july-2021)




So what are we doing? We are offering 10 individual emerging entrepreneurs free deskspace for six weeks as well as basic transport and sustenance costs covered, access to relevant networks and mentors who can help them develop their idea, and potentially even investors, as well as hosting formal and informal events with influential guest speakers.





Beyond the 10 sponsored spaces, there is the opportunity to join us casually. By donating a minimum of $25 via PledgeMe, individuals will be able to join for a day (about ½ the going daily hot-desking rate), to meet and work with the community, as well as attend events, share networks and knowledge.



So far… In June 2020 we had an idea. Now Manzana has a location, 47 High St in Auckland City Centre, and over $25,000 worth of support. This mainly consists of free rent from Meka Management, and initial funds from Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau: Auckland City Council’s Place Activation Development Programme, free signage, and donated time.



We have also received signage sponsored by Big Ideas, and are in discussion with some exciting partners about other generous donations. Will you help us with the next round?



Next steps: It’s this simple: we need to bring the space to life. We need help to furnish our incredible city-centre office space as well as a little bit more support to cover essential costs, like admin, a vacuum cleaner, chairs and tables!



It’s crunch time! We are seeking a minimum of $5,000 toward our total $50,000 funding goal by the 10th of February 2022.




We offer full transparency. This (linked below) is how we have spent the budget so far and how plan to spend any future budget: View the Manzana Budget








The plastic chairs and tressle tables are currently on loan
Thank you Auckland City Council and Ellen Melville Center!




Will you help us provide an art and design-led environment where innovative and diverse creative entrepreneurs feel comfortable, inspired and motivated to build their projects that help change the world for the better?
 

Who are we?
 
Dil Khosa
, Founder of
Athena X, a digital incubator, organiser of Women Tech Founders Aotearoa and Startup Genome NZ Ambassador: linkedin.com/in/dilkhosa

Rachael Peri (Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe), Founder of Being Studio, a digital agency for people, projects, and businesses catalysing positive change: linkedin.com/in/rachael-peri
Ché Zara Blomfield, Founder of Mañana Today, a holistic communications organisation and The Composing Rooms, a contemporary art gallery: linkedin.com/in/czblomfield
 

What is the name? Manzana (man-za-na) means apple in Spanish. It’s a nod to Apple’s personal computer which diversified access to creative tools and networking. Jobs says the company’s name is "fun, spirited and not intimidating." Manzana is a feminine noun, we like it.




Bite the apple! Manzana’s goal is to create a supportive network for those who don’t have one of this kind. So it’s important we make the space comfortable and inspiring!



For this reason, we have collaborated with makers we love to fill the space, and by supporting us you can acquire a unique object too (all made on demand and to be delivered at the end of February 2022).



Join the family and grow Manzana!




Give back to the community, help grow the economy through innovation, and invest in our exciting community of artists and diverse entrepreneurs who challenge the status quo, are driven by purpose and have ideas that’ll change the world!






HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT US?

Buy beautiful, consciously created, locally made design objects.
See below with more more info to your right ➡➡➡
































THANK YOU! KIA ORA <3









manzana.org.nz






If you’re interested in being supported by Manzana we have two open calls:

 
Manzana Open Call: Emerging Entrepreneurs
https://forms.gle/umeq76LdEAsbJuLE9


Manzana Open Call: Artists and Creatives
https://forms.gle/2X3XXxFf6rxcDjjYA



Kia ora,

Manzana Kaitiaki 

Ché + Dil + Rachael

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Pledgers 23

Michelle Burke
2022-01-18 00:12:59 +1300
Liv Young
2022-01-17 16:14:24 +1300

"All the best Che! Look forward to attending some of your events and joining your community. Liv x"

Vivian Chandra
2022-01-17 09:05:45 +1300
Lilly Le
2022-01-14 19:47:05 +1300
Taren Khosa
2022-01-13 16:28:08 +1300

"For my boss sister Dil Khosa! ❤"

Dil Khosa
2022-01-13 16:23:25 +1300

"Let's go :) Even if we can help a few folk with their art and their ventures this summer, it would be a great outcome. "

Amar Khosa
2022-01-13 16:18:59 +1300
Jon Turner
2022-01-12 11:16:54 +1300
Rachael Peri
2022-01-11 13:25:56 +1300

"A much needed inclusive space for diverse and underserved entrepreneurs! Good luck Dil and Ché!"

Naomi Bradshaw
2022-01-10 12:08:24 +1300

"Such a great initiative!"

Anonymous pledger
2022-01-08 21:50:21 +1300

"Nice to see such positive energy generated and shared, look forward to seeing this buzzy hub in action"

Geraldine Tew
2022-01-08 19:27:47 +1300

"Love your vision. Great pledge me campaign. Very accessible. "

Hannah Lee Turner
2022-01-08 10:51:51 +1300
Vinny Lohan
2022-01-07 21:55:41 +1300

"Go Dil and team (: "If you wish to build a ship, do not divide the people into teams and send them to the forest to cut wood. Instead, teach them to long for the vast and endless sea.""

Ben
2022-01-07 21:54:01 +1300
Maria Khaydar
2022-01-07 21:24:26 +1300

"<3"

Lilly Le
2022-01-07 17:16:52 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2022-01-07 11:00:50 +1300

"So excited to see the space come to life! Also love this stool and have been wanting one for ages! I hope more people buy them so I can get mine :)"

Barbara L Holloway
2022-01-06 20:49:58 +1300

"An incredible and supportive program for women"

Paris Kirby
2022-01-06 15:57:21 +1300

"Wishing you a successful campaign <3 "

Anonymous pledger
2022-01-06 14:54:26 +1300

"Great initiative deserves good support. Happy to help see this project flourish ♾"

Carlos Cordero
2022-01-06 13:30:46 +1300

"Manzana is a wonderful initiative and I am proud to contribute to it. "

Anonymous pledger
2022-01-06 13:06:45 +1300

"LOVE THE PROJECT "

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Manzana. Creative Entrepreneurship Community

Project 2021-12-24 14:22:43 +1300

 

Why?
Manzana is importantly female-founded and led. This is a response to the male-dominated startup ecosystem currently dominating Aotearoa New Zealand. We need a community for us, by us. Since initiating this project we have had an astounding response.


After lockdown, when many of us lost our jobs, it meant freelancing or bootstrapping from home… it’s not exactly the most conducive environment for knowledge sharing and supporting one another.




One major inspiration has been Get Off the Grass: Kickstarting New Zealand’s Innovation Economy by Shaun Hendy and Paul Callaghan, which identified NZ as being behind economically due to a lack of knowledge-sharing. Bringing people together = economic growth. It’s literally that simple. (If you don’t believe us read the book: aucklanduniversitypress.co.nz/get-off-the-grass/).



That’s why being in the City Centre is important. Not only is it where the largest number of people in NZ congregate, but it is also near the universities, other businesses, and transport links.


 



View from inside with our only two chairs.. and signage donated by bigideas.co.nz

Additionally. We know it is important to diversify this space because only 8% of NZX 50 CEOs are women, yet “companies, where women held more than 30% of board seats, outperformed their peers in 11 of 15 sectors. Companies with at least 30% non-white directors saw year on year revenue grow by 4%. Those with less racially diverse boards had a revenue decline.” (Source: boardready.io/report-july-2021)




So what are we doing? We are offering 10 individual emerging entrepreneurs free deskspace for six weeks as well as basic transport and sustenance costs covered, access to relevant networks and mentors who can help them develop their idea, and potentially even investors, as well as hosting formal and informal events with influential guest speakers.





Beyond the 10 sponsored spaces, there is the opportunity to join us casually. By donating a minimum of $25 via PledgeMe, individuals will be able to join for a day (about ½ the going daily hot-desking rate), to meet and work with the community, as well as attend events, share networks and knowledge.



So far… In June 2020 we had an idea. Now Manzana has a location, 47 High St in Auckland City Centre, and over $25,000 worth of support. This mainly consists of free rent from Meka Management, and initial funds from Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau: Auckland City Council’s Place Activation Development Programme, free signage, and donated time.



We have also received signage sponsored by Big Ideas, and are in discussion with some exciting partners about other generous donations. Will you help us with the next round?



Next steps: It’s this simple: we need to bring the space to life. We need help to furnish our incredible city-centre office space as well as a little bit more support to cover essential costs, like admin, a vacuum cleaner, chairs and tables!



It’s crunch time! We are seeking a minimum of $5,000 toward our total $50,000 funding goal by the 10th of February 2022.




We offer full transparency. This (linked below) is how we have spent the budget so far and how plan to spend any future budget: View the Manzana Budget








The plastic chairs and tressle tables are currently on loan
Thank you Auckland City Council and Ellen Melville Center!




Will you help us provide an art and design-led environment where innovative and diverse creative entrepreneurs feel comfortable, inspired and motivated to build their projects that help change the world for the better?
 

Who are we?
 
Dil Khosa
, Founder of
Athena X, a digital incubator, organiser of Women Tech Founders Aotearoa and Startup Genome NZ Ambassador: linkedin.com/in/dilkhosa

Rachael Peri (Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe), Founder of Being Studio, a digital agency for people, projects, and businesses catalysing positive change: linkedin.com/in/rachael-peri
Ché Zara Blomfield, Founder of Mañana Today, a holistic communications organisation and The Composing Rooms, a contemporary art gallery: linkedin.com/in/czblomfield
 

What is the name? Manzana (man-za-na) means apple in Spanish. It’s a nod to Apple’s personal computer which diversified access to creative tools and networking. Jobs says the company’s name is "fun, spirited and not intimidating." Manzana is a feminine noun, we like it.




Bite the apple! Manzana’s goal is to create a supportive network for those who don’t have one of this kind. So it’s important we make the space comfortable and inspiring!



For this reason, we have collaborated with makers we love to fill the space, and by supporting us you can acquire a unique object too (all made on demand and to be delivered at the end of February 2022).



Join the family and grow Manzana!




Give back to the community, help grow the economy through innovation, and invest in our exciting community of artists and diverse entrepreneurs who challenge the status quo, are driven by purpose and have ideas that’ll change the world!






HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT US?

Buy beautiful, consciously created, locally made design objects.
See below with more more info to your right ➡➡➡
































THANK YOU! KIA ORA <3









manzana.org.nz






If you’re interested in being supported by Manzana we have two open calls:

 
Manzana Open Call: Emerging Entrepreneurs
https://forms.gle/umeq76LdEAsbJuLE9


Manzana Open Call: Artists and Creatives
https://forms.gle/2X3XXxFf6rxcDjjYA



Kia ora,

Manzana Kaitiaki 

Ché + Dil + Rachael

Comments

Hey! Thanks for checking out this project.

We haven't made any updates yet, follow us if you want to be notified when we do.

Michelle Burke
2022-01-18 00:12:59 +1300
Liv Young
2022-01-17 16:14:24 +1300

"All the best Che! Look forward to attending some of your events and joining your community. Liv x"

Vivian Chandra
2022-01-17 09:05:45 +1300
Lilly Le
2022-01-14 19:47:05 +1300
Taren Khosa
2022-01-13 16:28:08 +1300

"For my boss sister Dil Khosa! ❤"

Dil Khosa
2022-01-13 16:23:25 +1300

"Let's go :) Even if we can help a few folk with their art and their ventures this summer, it would be a great outcome. "

Amar Khosa
2022-01-13 16:18:59 +1300
Jon Turner
2022-01-12 11:16:54 +1300
Rachael Peri
2022-01-11 13:25:56 +1300

"A much needed inclusive space for diverse and underserved entrepreneurs! Good luck Dil and Ché!"

Naomi Bradshaw
2022-01-10 12:08:24 +1300

"Such a great initiative!"

Anonymous pledger
2022-01-08 21:50:21 +1300

"Nice to see such positive energy generated and shared, look forward to seeing this buzzy hub in action"

Geraldine Tew
2022-01-08 19:27:47 +1300

"Love your vision. Great pledge me campaign. Very accessible. "

Hannah Lee Turner
2022-01-08 10:51:51 +1300
Vinny Lohan
2022-01-07 21:55:41 +1300

"Go Dil and team (: "If you wish to build a ship, do not divide the people into teams and send them to the forest to cut wood. Instead, teach them to long for the vast and endless sea.""

Ben
2022-01-07 21:54:01 +1300
Maria Khaydar
2022-01-07 21:24:26 +1300

"<3"

Lilly Le
2022-01-07 17:16:52 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2022-01-07 11:00:50 +1300

"So excited to see the space come to life! Also love this stool and have been wanting one for ages! I hope more people buy them so I can get mine :)"

Barbara L Holloway
2022-01-06 20:49:58 +1300

"An incredible and supportive program for women"

Paris Kirby
2022-01-06 15:57:21 +1300

"Wishing you a successful campaign <3 "

Anonymous pledger
2022-01-06 14:54:26 +1300

"Great initiative deserves good support. Happy to help see this project flourish ♾"

Carlos Cordero
2022-01-06 13:30:46 +1300

"Manzana is a wonderful initiative and I am proud to contribute to it. "

Anonymous pledger
2022-01-06 13:06:45 +1300

"LOVE THE PROJECT "

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Upcycled Chair In Various Colours By Goat Loft.
Enzo Mari Inspired Pallet Chair Made By Braden White.
Tall Waves Mirror By Riverside Reloved.
Soraa Glass Unique Handblown Dappled Vase By Jark Pane.
Upcycled Droog Design Chair Made With Unsold Second Hand Garments By Hannah-Lee Jade.
Timber Veneer Lamp With Prismatic Perforations And Reflective Inner Shade By Ashley Turner.