Xero & The Icehouse

Xero is proud to provide support, sponsorship, and scholarship funding for activities that help small businesses owners, and managers succeed and grow.

Xero is passionate about empowering Kiwi businesses to grow and enabling business owners to unleash their full potential. They are proud to offer support, sponsorship and scholarships for programmes that enable small businesses, bookkeepers and accountants to thrive.

Owner Manager Programme
$5,000 Scholarships


As a partner of The Icehouse, Xero are providing 4x $5,000 scholarships for business owners, towards the 54th edition of our flagship Owner Manager Programme starting on the 1st July, 2021.


Who's Eligible?

The scholarship is only available to Xero customers based in New Zealand.


What's Involved?

The Owner Manager Programme is a residential programme specially created for high calibre business owners in businesses with more than 15 full-time employees and $3M+ in revenue who want to develop a better awareness of what drives business growth, and understand how analysis and fine-tuning can solve business problems.

In 5, three-day blocks of learning over five-months (with a follow-up implementation workshop three-months after the programme) you’ll get access to an unrivalled network of experts, facilitators and other leaders who have been in the position you’re in now. The sessions will help you explore new ideas around the spheres of fine-tuning, opportunity, platforms for growth and the future, through small and large group sessions, as well as one-on-one discussions, case studies, real-world examples and academic theory.

You’ll find out how to run your business better with immediate and relevant changes. You’ll get it performing more efficiently and productively, and future-proof your long-term plans with confidence and enhanced leadership. The Owner Manager Programme will also help find you ways to get a much better work/life balance through a new approach to mental and physical health.

  • Block one: 1 - 3 July
  • Block two: 5 - 7 August
  • Block three: 9 - 11 September
  • Block four: 14 - 16 October
  • Block five: 18 - 21 November
  • Implementation Workshop: February 2022


Terms and conditions apply


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