Access the support you need

Below you will find information on where you can access support for startups and small to medium size businesses, tertiary students and schools, those looking for work experience, opportunities for investment, and other help and resources to facilitate growth, innovation and the building of capacity in digital and ICT.

Looking for talent?

In addition to this list of supporting organisations, if you are looking for IT staff or have an opportunity for a tertiary student to work on a project or placement basis with your organisation in the area of digital and/or ICT please provide us with some more information and we will be in touch.

IT student interns and graduates

Contact the Centre for IT to talk about having a student on an Industry placements (internships) or working to deliver a project or solve an IT problem for you. You can also find out more about students that are graduating in the near future and recent graduates seeking employment or experience. 

Work with a University student or graduate

Whether it's an internship, volunteering opportunity or graduate position, the University of Waikato can help you connect with our students and recent graduates to fulfil your staffing needs.

Looking for talented youth?

The FutureForce Job Board is an easy to use digital platform whereby employers post an opportunity which is presented to suitable young people via careers advisors and work brokers.

Seeking employment or experience?

If you are a recent graduate looking for a work experience or employment opportunity, or you are still studying and seeking a project or placement to support your academic programme in the area of digital and/or ICT please provide us with some more information and we will be in touch.

Especially for youth

The FutureForce Job Board is an automated, free to use forum for talented youth to be made aware of workplace opportunities, including work experience, internships, cadetships, apprenticeships or employment.

Entrepreneurs and startups

We work with you on your idea, startup or business and connect you with guru entrepreneurs so you get the right advice and support to grow your business.

A membership-based investment network that connects experienced investors with entrepreneurs and innovators.

Business growth

As part of a national network of people who can help, we’re your first port of call when you want to grow your enterprise efficiently and effectively. As part of this we deliver funding on behalf of Callaghan Innovation and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Small business going digital

We are developing resources to provide more information on the potential application of digital technologies.

Small businesses wanting to start and progress their digital journey will also be able to access other support and resources including stories of small businesses that have successfully "gone digital'. To connect with technology providers that may be able to assist visit the directory of technology businesses in the Waikato

If you have ideas on what we could include here please get in touch.

Co-working

The SODA Inc co-working space is situated on two floors of Wintec House, a recently refurbished heritage building, located in the heart of the Hamilton CBD, and surrounded by eateries and restaurants, with Mavis & Co. downstairs.


Meraki Workspace in Cambridge provides you with just about everything you need to work. If you run your own business from home, are a freelancer, an entrepreneur or anything in between, you will know that although working from home has its benefits, sometimes it plain sucks. It doesn't have to though.

Panama House is a historic part of the Hamilton CBD. Nestled along the peaceful riverbank, in the heart of the city, the former Hamilton Club has been carefully repurposed as a co-working space for freelancers, entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. Conveniently located just a short walk from Hamilton’s hospitality hotspots, amongst the central business district and directly across from popular Hamilton East.

Support for schools

We are currently looking into other support we can provide for schools relating to the new digital curriculum. If you have any ideas on what we could include here please get in touch.

Education to employment pathways

Smart Waikato's purpose is to empower youth through real education to employment pathways and the Trust is best known for Smart Transitions, Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP), FutureForce® Action Network, and co-ordination of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) in the region.

Wanting to develop your digital skills?

We are working on collating information on a number of existing initiatives designed to help young people and anyone else interested in developing their digital skills. 

If you have ideas on what we could include here please get in touch.

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