Story image

Kiwi start up Ora announces first winners of Dreams grants

04 Nov 2014

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.

50 million tonnes of e-waste: IT faces sustainability challenges
“Through This is IT, we want to help people better understand the problem of today’s linear “take, make, dispose” thinking around IT products and its effects like e-waste, pollution and climate change."
Vocus & Vodafone unbundle NZ's fibre network
“Unbundling fibre will provide retail service providers with a flexible future-proofed platform regardless of what tomorrow brings."
IDC: A/NZ second highest APAC IoT spenders per capita
New IDC forecast expects the Internet of Things spending in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan to reach US$381.8 Billion by 2022.
Xero launches new data capture product in NZ
“Data automation is the fastest growing app category on the Xero app marketplace so we know there is a hunger for these types of tools."
Security flaw in Xiaomi electric scooters could have deadly consequences
An attacker could target a rider, and then cause the scooter to suddenly brake or accelerate.
Four ways the technology landscape will change in 2019
Until now, organisations have only spoken about innovative technologies somewhat theoretically. This has left people without a solid understanding of how they will ultimately manifest in our work and personal lives.
IDC: Top 10 trends for NZ’s digital transformation
The CDO title is declining, 40% of us will be working with bots, the Net Promoter Score will be key to success, and more.
Kiwi partner named in HubSpot’s global top five
Hype & Dexter is an Auckland-based agency that specialises in providing organisations with marketing automation solutions.