Our vision.

Inspiring Stories operates nationwide with the vision is to see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world.

Our why.

We live in a world with urgent and complex problems that need solving – social, environmental, economic. Young people are the future – the lever that can and will change the world. We need to supercharge their capability, connections and confidence to create the future.


What we do.

We're a tiny but powerful team of young New Zealanders who have forged an impressive track record of programmes and partnerships.
Our programmes support young New Zealanders to connect, explore the big issues of our time, be inspired, build their entrepreneurial and leadership capability, and their ideas to make a difference.

From curing treatable blindness to tackling recidivism in prisons, starting tech companies and leading volunteer movements – our alumni have been shortlisted for the Young New Zealander of the Year Award, won International Youth Leadership Awards, attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and represented NZ on the world stage. It's been an epic adventure so far. We're just getting started!

How we're funded.

Legally, Inspiring Stories is a New Zealand registered charitable trust (CC45932), which has grown from scratch to about $840k annual operating revenue in 2016. Our revenue is made up of five streams, which includes our commercial ventures, programme fees, grant funding, sponsorship, and the generosity of Kiwis who make one off and regular donations to help us back young New Zealanders.

In working to build a more resilient financial model, we're also developing new ventures that provide 100% of profits to help to support our youth development programmes. These ventures include the speaker bureau – Inspiring Speakers, and the creative agency – Inner Creative.

Our impact.


Our Annual Report.

Young New Zealander of the Year.

The Founder & CEO of Inspiring Stories, Guy Ryan, was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015 (pictured second from left). 


The Founder & CEO of Inspiring Stories, Guy Ryan, was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015 (pictured second from left, bottom row).