NZ SME & Entrepreneur Festival

November 2022 | Due Drop Centre | Auckland


If you missed the Auckland event or just want to relive it, check out some of the highlights below.

The NZ SME & Entrepreneur Festival is where you'll find inspiration, meet exceptional like-minded people, and leave with actionable skills.

SME&E is a business event for anyone curious about new strategies and tactics to help move forward. 

Need help with digital marketing, SEO, website, brand building, recruitment, sales processes, contractors, cashflow, Google, Facebook, TikTok, Xero, closing sales, generating leads, team culture? If you need to amplify your results, grow as a business person, be inspired SME&E is for you!

SME&E Wellingotn on the 3/4 April 2023 has only 200 tickets, if you are interested in coming, please fill in the below form.



Join us on the 8th & 9th of November at the Due Drop Events Centre (formerly Vodafone Events Centre), Auckland. 7 headline speakers, 28 workshops, 1 networking party with PDIGSSS from Shapeshifter, 1 seriously amazing business panel, and 2 days of high-quality business learning! 

Tickets start from $159 and increase to $1,299 depending on your inclusions... 


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.

What To Expect

SME&E Festival will transform how New Zealand 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.

28 ENGAGING 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.

Why You Should Attend

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 on Facebook, Instagram, Google, TikTok
  • Learn how to create, measure and implement successful digital marketing campaigns 
  • Develop your brand story
  • Implement staff Wellbeing into your work culture
  • Develop a business plan
  • Manage your time and cashflow
  • Recruit staff
  • Create a website that generates traffic
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We are stoked to announce the epic line-up for the Business Panel Q&A session at 1pm on day two of the festival. Hosted by Bridget Snelling from Xero, the business panel consists of these business superstars!

  • Justine Troy - Co-founder of 42 Below Vodka. Owner of NZ’s first carbon positive certified farm
  • Ben Panther - TikTok For Business
  • Bob Drummond - Co Founder of Kami
  • Sarah Colcord - Founder of Chooice**

**Due to unforeseen circumstances Sarah is no longer able to come to SME&E. However, we're pleased to announce that CEO & Founder of Rocketspark, Grant Johnson, will be joining us instead. Thanks Grant!  

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1 Epic SME&E Networking Party

Hosted by PDigsss - frontman of Shapeshifter

We understand that sometimes being a SME means you don't get the same networking opportunities as your peers at the big corporations. So we're going to have one epic SME networking party to remember! Your MC and DJ for the function will be the one and only PDigsss of the legendary Kiwi band Shapeshifter! 

90min of drinks, nibbles, networking, and good sounds... what more could you want?! Entry to the function is included with all ticket purchases except 'Virtual' tickets.

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

Craig Murray - Founder of SME&E Festival



Looking to learn and hear from a range of business professionals and entrepreneurs? The SME&E podcast is designed to give you insights, knowledge and words of wisdom across a broad range of topics. Check out our more recent episodes here.


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