US Natural Products leader Gary Hirshberg returns to NZ for the 5th annual Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute in a hybrid in-person and online format. New Zealand entrepreneurs are invited to come together in Auckland for in-person networking and sharing while participating online with colleagues in the US and other parts of Oceania.

Day 1 and 2 of HEI 2021 will offer practical, hands-on advice about financing, sales, marketing, and eComm, using real-life case studies featuring companies in all stages of growth, from emerging start-ups to well-established brands seeking to branch into other markets. In addition, speakers will talk about their experiences with organizational challenges, finding personal balance, managing change, and key concerns that are fundamental to growing an enterprise in today’s competitive marketplace.

Day 3 of HEI 2021 is dedicated to having over 25 investors from NZ and the US online listening to as many as 10 pitches for investment over the course of the day. Our last three HEI pitching days resulted in some serious and successful raises, and this year promises to be even better. Once you register, you will be asked if you would like to apply to be considered to make your own pitch presentation. Even if you are not ready to submit your application, this is a great opportunity for you to watch and learn from those who are. You will also learn from the investors’ questions and responses. Don’t miss this valuable day. 

Join US and NZ business leaders who will help companies large and small “up your game,” whether you are adjusting to the new environment, seeking to export or in a position to grow a healthy sustainable business.

Comments about the 2020 HEI:

“To be able to connect and gain insights with panelists of this calibre has been an exceptional opportunity for our business. It is the perfect first step on the journey to US exports.” – Florence Van Dyke, Chia Sisters (Auckland NZ)

“Fantastic insights, anecdotes and suggestions from Gary and his team of US gurus! Exceptionally valuable for any kiwi business seeking long-term success in the US market”. – Rob Simcic, Little Beauties (Richmond, Tasman NZ)

Comments from a 2020 HEI Case Study presenter:

“Being an entrepreneur can be a real rollercoaster and it is easy to end up feeling like you are riding alone. It’s events like this that bring the thrill back to the ride and help us remember that our fellow entrepreneurs are happy to share experiences and can shine a light on things that we are too absorbed to see. 

Just listening to the panel and seeing how much attention they gave to each case – what a great team and a wealth of knowledge.

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and we are already putting the learnings and advice to work.” 

–Derek Moffat, Best Bones Broth (Auckland NZ)

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