1. a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.

This week kicks off with Global Entrepreneurship Week, a global event celebrating startup founders and inspiring millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity and connect with collaborators, mentors, and even investors.

Small businesses are so important to New Zealand’s economy. Almost all of the half a million or so businesses in New Zealand are businesses with fewer than 20 employees. More than 350,000 enterprises have none – meaning they’re solo-traders, contractors, and other hard-working entrepreneurs.

Immigration New Zealand even has a separate Entrepreneur Work Visa, designed to attract talented, entrepreneurial migrants who can invest in New Zealand’s communities, grow profitable businesses, and create jobs for New Zealanders.

At Xero, we know what it’s like to be a startup; we were one! So it’s part of our mission help founders and entrepreneurs throughout the country become more efficient, successful, and to grow.

How we support startups and entrepreneurs at Xero: