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He Kākano is a seed fund for young entrepreneurs
aged 17-30 years.

It is a unique partnership between The King’s Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (KTANZ), The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD), business and taiohi.

$1 million has been provided by government, via MYD, and is being matched dollar-for-dollar by private philanthropy/business.

He Kākano is a positive economic response to the Covid-19 global pandemic initiative and invests in the future of business. It will grant funds to 100+ young entrepreneurs over the first 2 years.

Since May 2022, we have been inundated with applications for funding from young entrepreneurs.

So far, we have funded 110 youth-led businesses and we have more waiting to pitch to our panel.

We believe the response from young people shows the reality of the current economic crisis and that young entrepreneurs have unique and inspiring ideas about how they want to live their lives.


Meet Our He Kākano Whānau and read their stories here

A marketplace of young entrepreneurs supported by the Trust


The King’s Trust Aotearoa New Zealand has collected an incredible array of product carefully designed by talented young entrepreneurs who’ve been supported with backing from the Trust’s He Kākano Seed Fund. 

The Kete of Creativity celebrates the ingenuity of young designers in Aotearoa, it was showcased and auctioned at The Prince’s Trust Global Gala in New York in last April.

All products are curated in Aotearoa. Included in the Kete of Creativity is:

In partnership with

Gratitude and thanks to our valued supporters

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