Auckland SME&E 8 & 9 November 2022 - Early Bird Tickets Starting From $159

New Zealands only Festival focused on SME & Entrepreneurs.

7 Headline Speakers | 26 workshops | 1 SME&E party | 700 attendees | 8 & 9 November


"Our headliners inspire and showcase what's possible in NZ and our workshops teach people how it's done"

What is the NZ SME & Entrepreneur Festival?

There is no other event like the SME & Entrepreneur Festival Powered by Xero in NZ. 

SME&E seamlessly combines high-quality business learning from some of the best business minds in NZ with entertainment, creativity and innovation. SME&E is a new business learning experience; you will leave with new insights, new skills to implement and a strategic framework to help your business grow or help build your professional capability.

You don't need to be a founder, entrepreneur or business owner to attend; SME&E is for anyone who has the ambition to increase their skill set. There are learning opportunities for marketers, coordinators, BDM, account managers, sales teams, people with a business idea, startups, entrepreneurs, students, small business owners, SMEs, CEOs, managers, CMO's, tourism orgs, event planners, digital marketers, influencers, public servants... SME&E will help you all. 

Check out some of the topics we will cover in the workshops and headline presentations:

How to develop your brand story | How to measure digital marketing campaigns | Why you need an effective sales process | Why business values are essential  | Why a thriving, inclusive work culture is a good business strategy | How to attract the right talent | How to create a business plan | What needs to be in a  marketing plan | How to get more traffic to your website | How to incorporate culture into your business | How to analyse your marketing | Business law advice | Insurances tips | social media marketing tactics | Creating the right content for ads |  PR tactics | more information here.

"We are the only festival focused on SME & Entrepreneurs in NZ, and we are on a mission to create the most inspirational business events in NZ." CM

Headline Speakers

Our headliners know how tough it is to develop a business from scratch!

SME&E headliners have curated presentations to provoke thought about your business’s future and explain the tools you need to consider to help your business grow faster.

Authentic thought provoking discussions about navigating business challenges and how they succeeded despite numerous setbacks. Our headliners are unicorn business experts who are on a mission to help you!

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Big news for SME&E Festival! We have added a Auckland event, dates to be confrimed 8/9 November 2022 at Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland

NZ SME & Entrepreneur Festival Powered by Xero (SME&E) is based on a simple idea, an idea to design a creative, innovative festival to build business capability for small businesses and entrepreneurs in New Zealand. SME&E is not your typical learning experience; you will be entertained, inspired, and motivated. You’ll absorb new business insights and take hard home skills that will amplify your business!

SME&E Festival will transform how NZ thinks about business and help conceptualise opportunities despite global challenges outside our control. Headline speakers have succeeded despite numerous setbacks, share inspirational tactical pathways to success with a focus on Q&A sessions. 24 Workshops that help foster strategic business plans, digital content tactics, communication strategies, how to ensure that wellbeing is incorporated into your business life, and practical business tools that will strengthen your business foundation.

8/9 November Auckland 2022

5/6 April Wellington 2023

Complimentary Startup NZ Programme worth $345 with virtual, entry and standard SME&E Festival tickets

Why you should attend SME&E?

Whether you are a small business, entrepreneur, hustler, sole trader, contractor, a large corporate, local govt, Trust, association, franchise, multinational or someone who has an epic business idea the content at SME&E will add value.

Find out how to reach new audiences, how to create and implement digital marketing campaigns, why your business story matters, the future of leadership and wellbeing, role empathy plays in connecting people, how to develop a business plan to amplify growth, how to develop, hire and retain a team, raising capital, how to develop a business idea from scratch, marketing trends, future of marketing, how to develop your brand and more….


SME&E Festival program consists of twenty-six tactical workshops, 7 inspiring world class keynotes, one expert business panel & one awesome networking party with PDIGSSS!

SME&E content is based on 5 pillars:

  • The power of an idea
  • Marketing for the now
  • Wellbeing in the workplace
  • Working in the new normal
  • Planning for future business success

Our world class speakers align their presentations to SME&E pillars. They are bold entrepreneurs, industry leaders and forward thinking business owners who have succeeded despite numerous setbacks. They share inspirational tactical pathways that helped them grow. Our workshops dissect elements from the keynotes and provide practical, tactical skills to help your business/idea reach new levels of success.

Over two days, the SME&E Festival will bring hundreds of small business owners, creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs from around New Zealand to connect, learn & collaborate. SME&E will develop new business tools to take on the challenges of our changing times and unlock new opportunities.


Speakers include Jehan Casinader, Justine Troy, Mike Hutcheson, Craig Hudson, Cassie Roma & more…