Rebel Business School Success Stories

Learn more about the successes of Rebel Business School (formerly Pop Up Business School) past participants!

The Rebel Business School (RBS) is one of the key activities that the Kāpiti Coast District Council funds each year, helping up to 50 locals annually take their business ideas to business successes. Over two very full weeks, the RBS participants acquire many of the tools, tips, and often the contacts, to accelerate their business.

Recent Rebel Business School graduates include Framed Alive, Zelati and Passo Paraparaumu.



Past Success Stories

Framed Alive

Kirsty Glasgow is the brains behind Framed Alive - where passion, plants and creativity, intertwine to produce living art in frames. Kirsty has a life-long love of plants, wood and upcycling, along with training as a florist, and working with people who are differently-abled or in their senior years. Kirsty completed the Pop Up Business School in 2019, which gave her the skills and knowledge to start her own small business doing what she loved.

Kirsty was also a finalist in the Electra Business and Innovation Awards for Kāpiti & Horowhenua in 2020 and was nominated in the retail category of New/Emerging Innovation during COVID-19.



Zelati Cafe is the brainchild of Hilary Tausan, who attended the first Kapiti Coast course in 2018. Although Hilary had been involved in the family business of the Zelati gelato dessert from a young age, the Pop-up Business School was a catalyst for Hilary to take the business further. Zelati found a permanent home in October 2019 on the lively Left Bank Lane in Wellington’s CBD.

Offering bespoke gelato and sorbets that has been part of the Wellington hospitality scene, Hilary and her team have been creating flavours for the likes of Portlander, Hippopotamus, Pravda, The Chippery and more. "Every one of our flavours is batch-made and hand-packed from start to finish, using only real, premium ingredients at the Zelati Freezeria, our gelato and sorbet lab in Tawa," says Tuason.



Michele Passarello attended the Kāpiti Coast’s first workshop in 2018 and one year on, his business idea came to life. He opened his restaurant Passo Paraparaumu, serving delicious authentic Sicilian and Italian cuisine.

Michele comes from the ancient city of Agrigento in Sicily. He grew up with a love of food and since moving to Aotearoa has devoted his life to sharing his cuisine and culture with the Kāpiti community. Passo serves house-made dishes using the freshest seasonal ingredients. The experience is enhanced even more with a warm friendly atmosphere and genuine hospitality of the staff.


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