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Kiwi companies invited to participate in Technium Challenge

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 21-Dec-2007 10:04

I just got an invitation to to Kiwi tech firms to participate in the Technium Challenge. The Challenge is an opportunity for any company looking to move into European markets. Earlier this year Rod Drury was all up because Xero won the Technium Challenge.

So here is the invitation in its original form:


You are invited to apply to the worldwide Technium Challenge organised by International Business Wales (IBW - http://www.ibwales.com/) and Technium UK.

The Technium Challenge (http://www.technium.co.uk/) is a unique business planning competition that helps winners expand overseas. It is targeted to smart Kiwi SME technology companies looking to launch into UK, European and other international markets.

Entering the Technium Challenge will give you the opportunity to take your next step on the global stage.  If you’re ready to accelerate your plans to set up a UK sales and marketing office or work with UK partners and distributors to deliver your offerings to more customers, begin with the Technium Challenge.

Winners will receive a host of benefits including:

- free UK office space for a year within a Technium Innovation centre and an intense international arrival support package;
- on-going guidance and support for developing an international business plan;
- the New Zealand finalist will be taken on a Learning Journey to Wales where they will be introduced to like-minded companies, advanced business networks and leading researchers in their field.

Application is simple. You are invited to submit an executive summary of your Company’s business plan to Rhodri Jones (IBW) – the closing date for entries is 5 p.m. Friday 28 March 2008.

Applicants who qualify will receive help in developing an international business plan, which will need to be submitted to the judging panel by Friday 4 April. You will then briefly present your business plan to New Zealand judges Rod Oram (leading Business Commentator) and Chris Jones (CEO, Mobilis Networks and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year) in April.

The New Zealand finalist will then make their way to Cardiff in May for their ‘Learning Journey to Wales’ and to compete against other country finalists in the final leg of the competition.


So, are you ready for the challenge?

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