HATCH Q&A with Niko Meredith of No Six
Samoan-Tongan Niko Meredith of No Six says he and his business partners wanted to be a part of the next wave of Pacific entrepreneurs and Hatch provided that opportunity for them. Niko says being in HATCH has been beneficial to No Six as well as them as individuals providing a space and cohort who are supportive and can relate. Read about his #HATCHJourney below and click apply start your own!
Read more about Niko’s HATCH journey in his Q&A.
How long have you been in business?
How did you get into business / come up with your business idea?
Formalised our creative collective and capitalised on a business opportunity we saw.
Why did you apply to take part in HATCH?
We were referred to Hatch as PBT is a reputable organisation. We wanted to be a part of the next wave of Pacific entrepreneurs and Hatch provided that opportunity for us.
Have you had an AH-HA moment during HATCH / what was it?
We’ve had a few epiphanies thanks to Hatch including our pricing model and sales funnel.
What is your favourite HATCH masterclass?
Morag McCay and Paul Thompson from Conducere. Melissa Crawford from Frucor Suntory.
Who is the most inspirational person you’ve met while on your HATCH journey?
Kim Tuaine, who has shown us you can be both ruthless and caring.
Tim Swann, always reminds us that the entrepreneurial pathway is a holistic journey, and that wellbeing is an important aspect to success.
Name three things you need to get you through the day:
2: Being of service
What is the best piece of HATCH advice you have received so far?
The power of asking. And if someone is sharing their contacts with you, make sure you deliver.
Why do you think other Pacific Youth should apply for the HATCH programme?
The entrepreneurial path can be a lonely space, especially with families who may not understand the journey. Hatch provides a space and cohort who are supportive and can relate.
What words of advice do you have for future HATCH participants?
Make sure you reciprocate the time and energy Hatch puts into you by showing up, being punctual and proactive.
What has been your most memorable HATCH experience?
1: Going to David Tua’s gym
2: Mother’s Day high tea
3: PBT awards night
How do you brainstorm?
Write down as many ideas as you can.
Poke holes in all of them.
Narrow them down to 3-5.
Ask my younger brother, ask my older brother then my parents.
What is something you have learned about your business since taking part in HATCH?
I learnt that our business was sustainable. And also it’s not the clients it’s us.
What is something that has changed for you on your HATCH journey?
Feel better informed in terms of the business side to our company.
Have increased our networks.
More defined roles within our business.
What is your goal at the end of your 3-year HATCH journey?
A few overseas contracts.
A steady supply of sub-contractors.
How has your business benefited from taking part in the HATCH programme?
We’ve secured contracts through Hatch.
We have individual sessions with a life coach.
Tonnes of free resources.
What is your daily HATCH motivation?
To provide opportunities and be a role model for my young self.
Who inspires you?
Where do you work best when it comes to your business?
I work well at home and together with the rest of the crew.
Describe what HATCH means to you in 3 words.
Redefining Pacific excellence.
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