Development Programme For Early Stage Businesses

Getting your business flying is hard work
Are you working on the right stuff?

Jump start your business today, one step at a time. After working with 1000’s of start-up’s and high growth ventures we have condensed all our learning into a high impact programme, no case studies- just pragmatic tools and techniques applied immediately to you and your business venture.

The Activate programme is about making smart use of your time and money. Our goal is to give you the clarity in what to do and not do in growing your business. Your investment in attending the programme will be rewarded multiple times over, giving you:

   - Knowledge to avoid wasting money and time
- Pragmatic tools and techniques
- Clarity and confidence in growing your business
- Clear business plan and decision making process
- Rapid decision making frame work – Go or No go
- Tips on gaining investment
- How to select and maximise value from advisors


This programme is ideal for business owners who are either starting a new business or want to improve the performance of an existing business or gain investment.

We kick start the programme with a high impact, “live in” workshop weekend and then follow up with a dedicated strategy review session post workshop to ensure the learning is put into practice, plus 3 mentoring sessions.

What is attending the Jump Start Weekend like?

"Exhausting and inspirational in the same moment… this is gold. Gaining clarity out of the chaos of my new venture has been  invaluable, the investment to participate paid for itself 10 times over in saved time.  Rachel Hatch – Founder Mexis – Virtual Reality Devices

“Relevant and to the point… with immediate and significant impact on my business. It has paid for itself in the smart decisions I have made since.  John Matsis – Founder Tonic Foodgroup Ltd

"Brutal and inspiring… don’t start a new venture without attending Activate. We are operating at warp speed as a result of attending Activate The follow up support has been key in keeping me on track and focused on getting the important high value stuff done. I recommend any business owner, new or nearly new, attend this practical programme." Judith Eastgate – Founder, Perfect Accent

Activate Stage 1: Jump Start Weekend - full on “live in” weekend (Friday night – Sunday night) where you will learn and apply the fundamentals of creating and managing a high growth business. Think of it as a complete business management programme crammed into one weekend.

You will leave with:
• Succinct business plan – using diagrams not novels
• Sales and investment pitch – to attract customers and investors
• Clear understanding what will and won’t work in your business – to give you clarity
• Numerous tips and tools – to save money, time and de –risk your business

The full weekend programme here>  or workshop overiew here>

As part of Stage 1 you also receive a follow up dedicated faciliatated 1/2 day Strategic review of your company, 1 month after the weekend as well as 3 mentoring sessions.

$3000 - Inclusive of all materials, accommodation and food    (50% deposit required to confirm your booking)
$500 - second person from same company to attend weekend workshop.

Venue and Times:

The Jumpstart weekend is held at Tatum Park 80km drive from Wellington or 61km from Palmerston North. We have chosen a venue that will take you away from the day to day so you can concentrate on the programme. The weekend will be all consuming from 7pm Friday - 5pm Sunday, do not expect any free time. The follow up sessions will be in Wellington Central.

For Auckland we use a venue in Parnell- close to central city

Your coach and task master for the weekend will be Mark Robotham. He has spent the last 10 years helping 1000’s of businesses navigate the perils of growth and comes with hands on experience and scars in growing NZ export companies. Jenny Douche also attends Sunday's session and manages some of the follow up mentoring.

"Mark is one of the best business trainers I have come across, his pragmatic approach and passionate style gets results – our readers love him. They go away inspired and armed with new ways to improve their business”
Julie Gill – GM Business Media Fairfax, Unlimited Magazine


Improving your sales pitch (one of the weekend modules) could well end up paying for your weekend alone.

The pitch training includes:
- pitch structure, delivery  and content
- plenty of criique on your pitch

Here is a taster...

Programme Overview

Detailed weekend programme is here>

If you require any further information do not hesitate to contact us at GMC