Story image

Kiwi start up Ora announces first winners of Dreams grants

04 Nov 14

Kiwi start up Ora has announced the first winners of the Ora Dreams grants initiative.

Forbidden Brewing Co, a family start-up business in Auckland that produces high-quality cider; Terrain, a Taupo-based forestry and safety supply store, and Wellington’s LittleMonkey, a web, app, mobile and game products developer, have each been awarded with an Ora Dreams grant worth up to $50,000 to significantly boost their growth plans.

The Ora Dreams grants were presented at an event in Auckland that celebrated small business and its contribution to the New Zealand economy.

Judges Nick Fox, ‎GM, Digital Platforms at NZPost; Damian Sharkey, SME Lead at Westpac and Christina Domecq, CEO and founder of Ora, commented that the winners each have a unique formula that is producing outstanding results.

“The inaugural winners of the Ora Dreams grants have showcased innovation and entrepreneurship to help them get to where they are today and we believe the grants will provide the fuel to make them go far,” says Domecq.

She says Terrain is a great example of smart business owners who purchased a business and increased its revenue, and are now expanding from traditional bricks and mortar to online sales.

“LittleMonkey is a business that has demonstrated through its conference app the possibility to scale a product beyond New Zealand,” she says.

Damian Sharkey, Westpac’s SME Lead, presented Forbidden Brewing Co with a Westpac-sponsored grant exclusively for a Westpac business customer.

“We selected Forbidden Brewing Co because of their inspiring backstory, award-winning products, significant growth, and our belief in their future potential,” says Sharkey.

LittleMonkey was founded in 2007, and develops web, mobile and game products, and has been doing so before the release of the first iPhone or Android phones.

The company were well positioned to support customers in smartphone app development as the industry grew. A diverse range of skills in-house and a focus on custom development for their clients has made LittleMonkey a flexible provider of unique solutions.

Nicholas Koirala, owner of LittleMonkey, says his dream for Little Monkey is to grow and expand its market share of the business. “We develop mobile apps, websites and games and are striving towards being the number one mobile app developer in New Zealand,” he says.

“I dream of being the lead agency for small to medium-size businesses, and I think with our programming skills, coupled with ideas for apps from businesses will mean that we are seen as the go-to developer for mobile apps”.

Koirala says he aims to use the Ora Dreams grant to focus on promoting new apps LittleMonkey has developed and raising brand awareness throughout New Zealand.

Each Dreams grant includes Ora’s unique Business Navigator tools and marketing services, as well as strategic business support from Ora’s partners - Westpac, Vend, 2degrees, MYOB, NZPost and Xero - worth up to $50,000.

Wine firm uses AR to tell its story right on the bottle
A Central Otago wine company is using augmented reality (AR) and a ‘digital first’ strategy to change the way it builds its brand and engages with customers.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill. 
Protecting organisations against internal fraud
Most companies tend to take a basic approach that focuses on numbers and compliance, without much room for grey areas or negotiation.
Telesmart to deliver Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams
The integration will allow Telesmart’s Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams to natively enable external voice connectivity from within Teams collaborative workflow environment.
Jade Software & Ambit take chatbots to next level of AI
“Conversation Agents present a huge opportunity to increase customer and employee engagement in a cost-effective manner."
52mil users affected by Google+’s second data breach
Google+ APIs will be shut down within the next 90 days, and the consumer platform will be disabled in April 2019 instead of August 2019 as originally planned.
GirlBoss wins 2018 YES Emerging Alumni of the Year Award
The people have spoken – GirlBoss CEO and founder Alexia Hilbertidou has been crowned this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Emerging Alumni of the Year.
SingleSource scores R&D grant to explore digital identity over blockchain
Callaghan Innovation has awarded a $318,000 R&D grant to Auckland-based firm SingleSource, a company that applies risk scoring to digital identity.