CO. STARTERS Graduation

Hokitika’s first CO.STARTERS cohort graduated on November 30, with 13 participants seeing out the nine-week course. The course was run by WestREAP and equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the capability to turn a passion into a sustainable endeavour.  The cohort included a wide range of businesses, from tourism operations, massage therapists, to an entertainer. The group was supported by facilitators Fergal O’Gara and Layla Dowthwaite, along with weekly local speakers. If you would like to be a participant in the 2018 cohort, or to help as a guest speaker or mentor, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Co. Starters

CO.STARTERS participant Vince Best signing about his back up plan, with help from Layla Dowthwaite.



The CO.STARTERS participant Flow In took home the award for the best presentation, as well as the prize for the most accomplished participant. Flow is the mastermind behind FunGal Limited, a small, home grown business, which grows gourmet mushrooms. FunGal collects unwanted coffee grounds from local cafes, and through hard work and love, turns it into the most delicious oyster and shiitake mushrooms.

Flow said "I've been experimenting with growing these mushrooms for nearly two years now, and I had a feeling that other people might enjoy them too, but it wasn't until I joined the DWC CO.STARTERS course that I was able to take the idea from a hobby to a viable business model.”

Contact Flow to try her specialty mushrooms, you won’t be disappointed: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.