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MBIE initiatives to help build a digital Aotearoa

By MBIE

22 February 2022

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MBIE supports small business owners, individuals and communities to realise the benefits of digitising their business.

The Small Business Digital Boost programme launched in the third quarter of 2020 to help small business owners realise the benefits of digitising their business. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) developed the programme in partnership with the private sector. The programme helps support and enable the Government’s vision for New Zealand to have the most digitally engaged small business sector in the world.

Digital Boost will feature the following key initiatives throughout Techweek:

Digital Boost Skills Training and Support (Educate)

A free digital skills training platform available to any small business owner (or their employees) who want to boost or accelerate their digital transformation. So far, the programme has engaged over 44,000 business owners, business starters and employees. The training platform offers over 500 video tutorials and Q&A sessions, daily live workshops with experts and live helpdesk support 8am – 7pm Monday to Friday. The Digital Boost Educate solution has been designed as a full wrap-around response to build small business owner knowledge and skills – and develop their confidence and trust in adopting digital business tools for business resilience and growth.

Digital Boost Alliance Aotearoa

The Digital Boost Alliance Aotearoa is a collaborative effort between the government and private sector focused on motivating and inspiring small businesses, communities and individuals across New Zealand to lift their use of digital technologies. Since its launch in May 2021, more than 38 businesses including banks, telcos, global and local technology companies have joined. Each Alliance member has committed to providing specific offers or services to help businesses succeed in their digital journey.

Find out more about the Digital Boost Alliance

Digital Boost Checkable

Digital Boost Checkable will be an extension of the Digital Boost Educate platform – the Checkable solution will focus on supporting small businesses to prioritise where they should focus their time and effort on digitalising their business for the best return. The solution will provide business owners with a customised Digital Action Plan, enabling them to have more informed discussions with technology tool providers, digital and business advisors, and lenders as appropriate.

Innovation is at the forefront of our ambition for the Digital Boost Checkable solution. In what we believe is a world-first for small businesses, the Checkable solution will harness the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP), as well as API (application programming interface) integration, business diagnostics and data analytics to deliver these personalised Digital Action Plans.

The Digital Boost Checkable initiative is being delivered in partnership with the private sector – with a consortium led by The Mind Lab, along with TTRO – a small tech company founded and owned by Kiwi Kirsty Chadwick and Google Cloud led by Rob Hawthorne, a former Kiwi small business owner and Google NZ’s Chief Technologist for the Public Sector.

The first phase of the Digital Boost Checkable solution will go live on 1 April 2022. The Digital Boost team look forward to sharing more at Techweek 2022.

 

To keep up with Digital Boost initiative news, as well as the discounts and tutorials available to you and your employees, follow us on our dedicated social media channels:

 

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