Thailand visit for food and beverage entrepreneurs

The Foundation is offering up to five Kiwi food and beverage entrepreneurs the opportunity to visit Thailand.

The week-long programme will give participants a better understanding of the food and beverage sector in Thailand and the region.  

The application latest application round has now closed

About the trip

Trip Dates: 18 – 24 April 2020

Successful applicants will meet Thai food and beverage entrepreneurs and business leaders, develop a greater knowledge of the food and beverage sector in Thailand, and explore ways to collaborate with entrepreneurs from Thailand.

During the trip you will:

  • learn about the Thai food and beverage sector
  • meet and network with entrepreneurs and business leaders from Thailand
  • connect with government officials from New Zealand and Thailand
  • take time to understand the culture of Thailand and to connect with your group members.

The Foundation will work with the New Zealand Embassy and the New Zealand Trade Commission in Bangkok to deliver the programme.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be:

  • aged under 40
  • an entrepreneur or business leader at CEO or senior management level in a New Zealand F&B business.

Outstanding start-up entrepreneurs or emerging entrepreneurs will also be considered. No knowledge or experience of Thailand is expected. 

Applicants must:

  • have New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, but can be based offshore
  • be interested in connecting with equivalents from other countries and exploring international business opportunities
  • be confident public speakers willing to engage in dialogue with entrepreneurs from other countries
  • be willing to contribute to the relationship between New Zealand and ASEAN
  • be able to attend a pre-departure meeting on Wednesday 18 March 2020

How to apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for this opportunity


The Asia New Zealand Foundation will fund the costs of successful applicants, including:

  • a return economy airfare
  • domestic transport
  • accommodation
  • most meals and miscellaneous expenses.

Participants will need to cover their own spending money and insurance costs.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by Foundation staff in consultation with external experts, and the New Zealand Embassy in Thailand.

About the Young Business Leader’s Initiative

This opportunity is part of the ASEAN Young Business Leaders Initiative (YBLI), a key part of the New Zealand government’s ASEAN strategy. The initiative was established to facilitate trade and build networks and connections between entrepreneurs and business leaders in Southeast Asia and in New Zealand.

As of December 2019, 112 business leaders from across all ten ASEAN member countries representing a range of industries have visited New Zealand. In addition, 51 entrepreneurs from New Zealand have travelled to Southeast Asia.


If you would like further information about the programme or about applying, please email [email protected]