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A brief history of Awesome

Dan O'Connor
The original Ministry of Awesome team at its coffee meeting at Black Betty's in 2012.  Ministry of Awesome (website)

The Ministry of Awesome is a starting point for entrepreneurs, startups and innovators in Christchurch.

Founded seven years ago, Ministry of Awesome now operates out of Te Ohaka, a centre for growth and innovation at the Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Ministry of Awesome was set up by Kaila Colbin, Sacha McMeeking, Sam Johnson and Vicki Buck as a way to make things happen in post-earthquake Christchurch. 

It hosts weekly lunch break catch-ups called "Coffee and Jam", Christchurch's longest-running entrepreneurial meet-up.

Awesome marketing manager Vanessa Ortynsky said "Coffee and Jam" sessions were "a great opportunity to connect with members of the tech community and startup ecosystem".

"It is a safe space to pitch your idea and get instant feedback," Ortynsky said.