Welcome to Kea Connect. This guide will help you understand how the Kea Connect process works, and what this free service can do for your business.
Is Kea Connect right for you?
Kea Connect is for any New Zealand business that wants to or is already exporting offshore. It does not matter where you want to export, what industry your business is in, or the size of your business.
We have helped small businesses that are taking their first steps offshore, through to larger enterprises looking to scale in existing markets. These businesses span all industries, many different export markets, and all have benefited from connections to our global community.
How Kea Connect can help
Deciding to take your business to the world is a big step. It’s exciting, and a little daunting. We get that, and so does our community of global Kiwi.
Introducing your business to our extensive, international community will allow you access to market intelligence and exclusive insights to grow your business offshore.
Our members include thousands of industry experts, thought leaders, and fellow peers who have personal insights from their own journeys. They share a passion for seeing Kiwi businesses succeed, and through Kea Connect, will help make the process a lot less daunting. These exclusive connections at this scale are unique to the Kea Connect service.
Kea Connect FAQ’s
There are no limits to the types of questions we can help you answer, but here are a few examples. For specific case studies, take a look here.
- What distribution channels are available in the UK for my product?
- What are the consumer trends in my industry in Singapore?
- Who are my key competitors in Germany, and how can we make our brand stand-out ?
- What does a good pitch look like for prospective USA investors?
Kea Connect process
Step one: Become a member and fill out the Kea Connect request form
Your journey with Kea Connect starts with our online request form. Here we ask you to answer basic questions that will help us get a baseline understanding of your business, where you are looking to export, and the kind of support you need.
Step two: Meet with the Kea team
Within 5 working days, you will hear from a member of our team to set up a 30 – 60 minute call/meeting. The purpose of this is to dive more deeply into your business needs, ensure we are clear on your goals, so we can find the right people to introduce you to.
For this, we ask that you come prepared with key questions, an idea of the type of person or business you would like to be connected to and what areas you need advice on.
Step three: We find connections for you
Once we are confident we have the information we need to find the right people, we explore our community and identify individuals we believe are best suited to help.
Once identified, we will approach these individuals on your behalf, provide a brief on your business and the kind of support you need, ask if they can help and are happy to be introduced.
Step four: Get connected
As and when we hear back from our community and have their confirmation they can help, we will make an email introduction. We’ll then hand it over to you for further discussion.
We often get asked how long the introduction will take. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this. Introductions can take as little as 2 hours from the time we approach these individuals, to a couple weeks or more. You will receive updates from us throughout the process no matter how long it takes, and our team is always available for any questions you have along the way.
Welcome to the Kea community
Your journey with Kea doesn’t stop once you are connected. Once you engage with us, you join a global community of Kiwis who are passionate about New Zealand and the success of its people and businesses. As part of the Kea Connect service, we offer ongoing support through our Kea Connect newsletter, interactive events, first-hand stories and essential resources that will help in your export journey. We also love to follow up with Kea Connect businesses to showcase the incredible efforts of our business community.
We hope this provides you with a good understanding of Kea Connect.