Where did people come from
Who came to the event
How did people hear about us?
People stayed for
32% of the people who came along to the event told us they were unemployed at the time the event started.
There was a high number (35%) of self-employed people who came to the event.
Start-ups & Sales
One of the key points on an entrepreneurs journey is the first sale. The first time you hold that $10 profit in your hand. This can turn out to be the catalyst that drives you forward to build your business.
We do everything we can to help people reach their first sale with 8% achieving this during the course!
Types of businesses created
Impact on capabilities
At the Rebel Business School we track four main figures for people before and after the event. We ask people to rate where they are on a scale of 1-10.
Here are samples of the websites that were built, launched and developed over the course.
It is amazing how having a website so quickly helps people to feel that their business is more real.
Connecting attendees to the local business ecosystem
At the Rebel Business School Aotearoa we make sure new businesses stay connected by providing awareness of business network support in specific areas as needed. These connections are all about enabling business sustainability. Being aware of the Bookkeepers Assn NZ or Business Mentors NZ, for example, can provide business input allowing the business to strengthen its foundations and/or its direction.
Why does ChristchurchNZ value economic development and business support and growth?
ChristchurchNZ’s statement of intent states that we work with industry and other partners to support businesses to improve their resilience, sustainability and ultimately their competitiveness at any stage of their operation and growth. A key focus will be to support businesses starting up, surviving and retaining jobs. The delivery of Rebel Business School in Ōtautahi is one project that supports these regional intentions.
Small Business is the backbone of Aotearoa and is the first step in the journey to create Frontier Firms, both knowledge intensive and not. ChristchurchNZ has a range of small business supports including support of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, Innovation Challenges, Start Me Up! With MSD, Hosting Business Mentors and others including Rebel Business School.
Rebel Business School is delivering to ChristchurchNZ’s intent to support non-knowledge intensive start-ups from the moms, dads and others with a good idea. Supporting this cohort is often overlooked, and RBS’s commitment to the market is admirable.
Some statistical breakdowns of the Canterbury economy
In 2021, there are just over 74,000 businesses in the Canterbury region, up from 73,119 in 2019.
- 20% of businesses fall under the Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services sector,
- 12.8% of businesses fall under the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector,
- 12.6% of businesses fall under the Construction sector,
- 9.4 per cent of businesses fall under the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
The unemployment rate in Canterbury in the September 2021 quarter is 3.4%.
In 2020, Canterbury’s contribution to national GDP was $39.9B, which represents 12.4 per cent of contribution to national GDP.
We asked the participants what their Lightbulb moments were at the event. Also they left the messages for our partners and assessed our team’s efforts.