Budding Whanganui entrepreneurs have booked out the 10-day PopUp Business School Aotearoa, with Mayor Hamish McDouall saying he "can't wait to see the exciting new businesses that might emerge".

Whanganui & Partners, Māori business network Te Manu Atatū and sponsor Xero are bringing the course to Whanganui. It runs from Monday, February 12, to Friday, February 23, with workshops that include practical sessions and guest speakers from 9.30am to 2.30pm each day.

Whanganui & Partners strategic lead for innovation Rene Olmos said the course will teach participants how to create a website for free, sell their product and negotiate and navigate the legal side of starting a business.

Forty-five people will leave this course prepared to turn their dream into a real, profit-making business," Mr Olmos said.


"We are extremely excited for the next two weeks where we'll see local residents become local entrepreneurs with the tools for success. This event is a big win for Whanganui and will play a big part in our continued growth."

Te Manu Atatū network facilitator Lisa Chase said 10 "inspiring and experienced" local business owners would share their insights into the challenges and success of owning and operating a local, national and international business.

"As Whanganui's Māori Business Network, Te Manu Atatū provides attendees with their networks, mentoring and support after completing the course and developing their business idea," Ms Chase said.