We are entrepreneurial match-makers
What do we do
We provide programmes that are 100% customised for startups.
Soda Inc. works with founders from all industry sectors as we know good ideas and opportunities can be found everywhere.
Our programmes are part-time, customised and remote which means our founders have the flexibility to work within their local start-up ecosystem across New Zealand. We operate the Soda programmes remotely using our project management software Teamwork. This enables our founders and Business Growth Mentors to participate in the programmes within their own timeframe and wherever they may be located around the world.
How do we do this?
We create a customised programme by asking each founder what help and support they need and go to market on a case-by-case basis, both locally and internationally, to find the perfect mentor with the right skill set, to work with them on a programme that is aligned around their goals.
The mentors we match are either experienced entrepreneurs who have been there and done it and have the scars on their back to prove it or guru business-people who know how to make a plan and execute.
Soda allowed my company to gain focus on the issues that I needed to address to move quickly from a promising idea to fully fledged business. My business advisor and other experts helped solved some critical roadblocks that were holding up my progress. Having a team of invested supporters at Soda Inc. meant I had plenty of assistance and they were only an email away.
- Susan Wheeler, founder Hop Revolution
If you have a great business idea or startup and an entrepreneurial mind-set, we want to help you develop it further.
The CO.STARTERS programme helps entrepreneurs and business startups by equipping them with the best tools and resources needed to support and grow their business.
This nine week programme will provide you with the knowledge you need to start your business and grow your understanding of running a business. It’s NOT a course with lectures, course notes and a certificate of completion. CO.STARTERS™ is 'hands-on' – where you will work on your idea and have a facilitator coach you along the way and you’ll receive access to world class tools and methodologies you can re-use even after our workshop has ended.
CO.STARTERS is based at Soda Inc. HQ in Hamilton (and other venues in due course and based on demand) where 10 -15 like-minded businesses can work together with two facilitators to widen their understanding of what their business is and needs.
If you’re looking for pragmatic support to solve your current business challenges – look no further. The LIFT Lite programme is customised around your needs.
We sit down with you to first understand what your immediate needs are then design a customised programme to solve these challenges. The duration of this support last up to 3 months.
BOOST focuses on executing the plans made in LIFT and furthering your business with the support of your business growth advisor and team. The BOOST programme can be taken up by founders at a time frame that makes sense to the business and the programmes are not necessarily concurrent. BOOST offers a bigger fund to be allocated to projects that may assist business growth.
However, you can only enter SODA BOOST after completing SODA LIFT.
Not just the Mentors but also all of the other advisers have helped restructure my thinking around how to manage a business. A huge part of the success is the network that builds and establishes relationships because it’s really helped accelerate my business. I’ve also become very good friends with the people at Soda too.
- Maggie Mitchell, co-founder Departure Lounge Caskets
Some mentors we've matched
I was very happy with the Business Growth Mentors as we were given three to choose from. We were given three amazing options to decide on who we felt understood our business needs and fitted in well with our working style.