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November 2016

22nd November - Growth Hacking Techniques for New Zealand Startups

We wrote this article for Straight Up, a monthly startup resource that tackles common sticking points of early stage startups. Get yourself on the list for the next Straight Up edition here. “Growth Hacking is a mindset, that means anyone in any industry can do it right now!” This is the message that you are…

October 2016

28th October - Fuelling FinTech

We wrote this article for Straight Up, a monthly startup resource that tackles common sticking points of early stage startups. Get yourself on the list for the next Straight Up edition here. Financial technology, also known as fintech, is an economic industry composed of companies that use technology to make financial services more efficient. One…

14th October - Introducing the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator

Creative HQ is excited to be launching New Zealand’s first FinTech Accelerator. A three-month programme designed to turn fledgling businesses into global success stories that could help New Zealand grow its share of a burgeoning global $1 trillion (NZD) industry. CEO Stefan Korn said that there is already a surge of FinTech startups in New…

September 2016

27th September - Mevo; leveraging Exponential Technologies to scale 10x

We wrote this article for Straight Up, a monthly startup resource that tackles common sticking points of early stage startups. Get yourself on the list for the next Straight Up edition here. Mevo is a startup leveraging Exponential Technologies and scalable organisational practices, building what is known internationally as a car share. The passionate team…

26th September - What is Exponential Technology?

An Exponential Technology is two things… First, it’s exponential. In each period it doubles in capability or performance. Or perhaps on the flip side, it halves in cost in each period. Computers are the example of an Exponential Technology we’re all familiar with – doubling every 18 months or so (Moore’s Law). There are many…

15th September - China looks to Wellington to disrupt home market

A collaboration between Wellington-based innovation hub, Creative HQ, and the Chengdu government is creating cross-border networks that could promote the capital as a global provider of innovation services. The Chinese government has identified innovation as a central pillar of China’s 5-year economic development strategy, and in November 2015, confirmed interest in creating stronger links with…

August 2016

9th August - Loomio; building trust through open source

We created this article for Straight Up, a monthly startup resource that tackles common sticking points of early stage startups. Get yourself on the list for the next Straight Up edition here. Loomio was created by a group of Occupy activists, social entrepreneurs, and software developers who met at Enspiral. The team wanted a way…

5th August - Mentor Insight: Mikey Williams; sharing his secret sauce to open-source

Do you share your secret ingredient with others or keep it hidden away under lock and key? Imagine dining at a restaurant that serves 100% locally sourced produce. Alongside your meal, you’re given the full recipe. You know exactly what’s in the meal and where the ingredients came from. Better yet, you’re free to make…

July 2016

14th July - Youth Entrepreneurship Programme Venture Up on the Road & Reuniting

Venture Up is going on the Road! (26 July – 12 August) We’re very excited to announce that Venture Up will be running again in 2017! To celebrate, the Venture Up team are taking a taster of the programme to 11 different locations around New Zealand between July 26 and August 12. They’ll be running…

5th July - Conscious Consumers; a social enterprise startup helping you choose your world

We wrote this article for Straight Up, a monthly startup resource that tackles common sticking points of early stage startups. Get yourself on the list for the next Straight Up edition here. Conscious Consumers, a social enterprise startup, first came about in 2009 when a group of University friends banded together to form a charity and…

June 2016

15th June - Big wins, fast fails & most inspiring moments pre Lightning Lab XX Demo Day

With Lightning Lab XX Demo Day right around the corner, (pitches start tomorrow at 4pm to be exact) we spoke with four of the nine female led teams to get an insider perspective on the 4-month mentorship-driven business acceleration programme. Little Yellow Bird, Patternsnap, Music Ecademy and Sipreme shared their big wins, fast fails, most…

May 2016

18th May - Business Accelerator Funding Welcomed

The Government’s announcement of continued early stage business funding reflects the success of business accelerator programmes, says Wellington startup hub Creative HQ. During a live interview at the Lightning Lab XX accelerator, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced yesterday the Government would invest $15 million over four years to support the development of early stage…

17th May - R9 Accelerator – Week 9 & 10 Insights from our NZ Entrepreneurs & Government Innovators

This post is the sixth in our fortnightly series documenting the successes, challenges and overall progress of the NZ entrepreneurs and govt innovators currently working on government/business interaction opportunities as part of the R9 Accelerator, powered by Better for Business and based out of Creative HQ. Each post alternates between the 9 teams to profile half each…

17th May - Week 10 & 11: Pitch towards Demo Day with Shawn O’Keefe

Fun fact: Want to know how the word blacksmith came about? Read below to find out more! It’s two weeks to Demo Day, and teams have turned their attention towards pitching. It’s an art – making sure that you’re able to convey everything you need in a simple story. A story that shows why your…

3rd May - R9 Accelerator – Week 7 & 8 Insights from our NZ Entrepreneurs & Government Innovators

This post is the fifth in our fortnightly series documenting the successes, challenges and overall progress of the NZ entrepreneurs and govt innovators currently working on government/business interaction opportunities as part of the R9 Accelerator, powered by Better for Business and based out of Creative HQ. Each post alternates between the 9 teams to profile half each…

3rd May - 9 weeks: Shawn O’Keefe reviews R9 Accelerator’s journey

It’s important to remember the journey the R9 Accelerator teams have been on, as well as where they are heading. Their experience began at a R9 Rev Up! event run by the Hack Miramar team where government agencies shared their problems and opportunities. This was the catalyst for the formation of teams and team ideas. It…

2nd May - Talking to Mish Guru about what it takes to go global with your startup

We wrote this article for Straight Up, a monthly startup resource that tackles common sticking points of early stage startups. Get yourself on the list for the rest of May’s market validation edition here. Mish Guru help brands to be better at Snapchat storytelling and with people tracking about 10 billion views per day, it’s…

April 2016

19th April - R9 Accelerator – Week 5 & 6 Insights from our NZ Entrepreneurs & Government Innovators

This post is the fourth in our fortnightly series documenting the successes, challenges and overall progress of the NZ entrepreneurs and govt innovators currently working on government/business interaction opportunities as part of the R9 Accelerator, powered by Better for Business and based out of Creative HQ. Each post alternates between the 10 teams to profile 5 each…

19th April - R9 Accelerator Week 5 & 6 – An interview with Shawn O’Keefe

  Week 5 and 6 are critical times in the programme where participants start feeling the pressure. The focus lies heavily on product market fit; testing the market with customers to validate their solutions. Team dynamics start to get strained – It’s a challenging time for everybody in the cohort. The week was brought to…

12th April - Stefan Korn Appointed to Callaghan Innovation Stakeholder Advisory Group

Creative HQ is delighted to announce CEO Stefan Korn’s appointment to Callaghan Innovation’s Stakeholder Advisory Group by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce, along with the appointment of The Icehouse CEO Andy Hamilton.    Callaghan Innovation is the government agency that helps businesses succeed through technology and R&D in New Zealand. The Stakeholder Advisory Group…

5th April - R9 Accelerator – Week 3 & 4 Insights from our NZ Entrepreneurs & Government Innovators

This post is the third in our fortnightly series documenting the successes, challenges and overall progress of the NZ entrepreneurs and govt innovators currently working on government/business interaction opportunities as part of the R9 Accelerator, powered by Better for Business and based out of Creative HQ. Each post alternates between the 10 teams to profile 5 each…

1st April - Market validation from an early stage startup perspective

We wrote this article for Straight Up, a monthly startup resource that tackles common sticking points of early stage startups. Get yourself on the list for the rest of April’s market validation edition here. Nearby is one of the 9 female founded, early stage startups going through Lightning Lab XX right now. Their vision is…

March 2016

30th March - 1st Assembly: the new home for hardware-focussed Hutt startups

Creative HQ is excited to announce the opening of 1st Assembly at 125 High Street, Lower Hutt, a space for hardware-focussed Hutt startups to work and collaborate. The residency also comes with the support needed to build the startups’ networks, shared knowledge, resilience and high growth potential. Powered by the Hutt City Council and delivered…

22nd March - R9 Accelerator – Week 1 & 2 Insights from our NZ Entrepreneurs & Government Innovators

This post is the second in our fortnightly series documenting the successes, challenges and overall progress of the NZ entrepreneurs and govt innovators currently working on government/business interaction opportunities as part of the R9 Accelerator, powered by Better for Business and based out of Creative HQ. Each post alternates between the 10 teams to profile 5 each…

14th March - Ideas Forum 7×7 Returns to Wellington to Celebrate Local Innovators

Ideas forum 7×7 is back after an eight year hiatus to celebrate Wellington’s creativity and inspire new thinking by connecting local innovators from across the city’s diverse sectors. The 2016 7×7 will kick-off at 5.30pm on Friday 18th March at the Ministry for the Environment (23 Kate Sheppard Place), with seven individuals or collaborations given just…

9th March - R9 Accelerator Bootcamp – Meet the Teams

This post is the first in our fortnightly series documenting the successes, challenges and overall progress of the 10 teams currently working on government/business interaction opportunities as part of the R9 Accelerator. Tender Chat | Catherine & Natalie What you are working on? We’re working on making tendering easier for both business and government. We want…

1st March - New Zealand startup funding: an inside perspective

This month we spoke to the CEO and Founder of Publons, Andrew Preston, about funding a startup in New Zealand. Their mission is to speed up science by harnessing the power of peer review. Publons works with researchers, editors, and many of the top publishers in the world to turn peer review into a resource for…

February 2016

26th February - How to fund a startup business in New Zealand

We wrote this article for Straight Up, a monthly startup resource that tackles common sticking points of  early stage founders. Get yourself on the list for the rest of the March funding edition here. In New Zealand there are typically three main types of funding; Seed, Angel and Series A.  At Creative HQ we are…

24th February - NZ’s first female founder accelerator announces the 8 teams to join the 2016 Programme

Lightning Lab XX, New Zealand’s first ever female founder focused business accelerator, has announced the 7 teams that have secured a spot in its 2016 programme. Ama Balm, Geo AR Games, Little Yellow Bird, Music Ecademy, NoticeMATCH, PatternSnap and Sipreme will all join the programme on March 8th, International Women’s Day. Each team will receive…

24th February - Lightning Lab Auckland announces the 10 digital startups part of their 2016 programme

Today, New Zealand’s premier digital accelerator has announced the ten digital startups that will embark on the 2016 Lightning Lab Programme in Auckland. Reyedr, Wireless Guard, Foodcourt Online, Sonnar Interactive, WayWiser, Pheonix Audio, SeekStock, Dexibit, Slick Software, and Rock.ai all made it through the extensive application process to be the ten teams to receive $20,000…

January 2016

29th January - How to Build a Startup Team – Rollo Wenlock, Wipster

We spoke to CEO & Founder of Wipster, Rollo Wenlock about what it takes to successfully build a startup team. Wipster came out of Lightning Lab 2013 and launched into the NZ marketplace in 2014. Wipster is a beautiful, intuitive video review and approval platform bringing frame accurate commenting to producers, content creators and media…

18th January - NZ’s gov tech startup accelerator: What is R9 and why you should get involved

It is fair to say that Mike Riversdale has his fingers in plenty of hacky gov tech startup pies. Part of the startup/open data/government scene since 2007, co founder of Hack Miramar, participant in the first ever R9 Accelerator last year and on the organising team for this year’s 2.0 version of the programme, Mike…

December 2015

14th December - New Zealand Startup Funding w Dave Moskovitz – Startup Garage

The last Startup Garage of the year was all about New Zealand startup funding – from seed capital to raising an A round. We heard from a range of voices well versed in tricks of the trade both here in New Zealand and in the US – with Wellington angel investor Dave Moskovitz, AngelHQ manager…

November 2015

27th November - Everybody Is Born an Innovator – Insights from 34 Years as an NZ Entrepreneur

This post is the second in a three-part series covering the ‘NZ Day of Hardware Innovation’ which saw Lightning Lab Manufacturing and Callaghan Innovation’s C-PRIZE UAV challenge come together to pitch their products to a room full of potential investors. Check out part one here. NZ inventor behind the Martin Jetpack, Glenn Martin, has been…

24th November - Check out the latest top New Zealand Startups – Lightning Lab Manufacturing Highlights

Lightning Lab Manufacturing Demo Day – The Pitch Day for Things You Can Drop on Your Toe This post is the first in a three-part series covering the ‘NZ Day of Hardware Innovation’ which saw Lightning Lab Manufacturing and Callaghan Innovation’s C-PRIZE UAV challenge come together to pitch their products to a room full of…

20th November - Global Entrepreneurship Week – New Faces of Entrepreneurship in New Zealand

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, an occasion celebrated by events in 160 countries. Here in New Zealand, Creative HQ is joining Kiwi Connect and other organisations around the country in celebrating the week, by giving props to all the #NewFaces of entrepreneurship in New Zealand. We love this initiative because building a startup is a risky business and it’s…

19th November - Startup Success Stories – Celebrating the New Faces of Top New Zealand Startups

Today is Day 4 of Global Entrepreneurship Week, and we are celebrating by profiling some of the #NewFaces that pass through Creative HQ here in New Zealand, as part of an initiative created by Kiwi Connect to putting the spotlight on young entrepreneurs under 30 learning how to start a startup and doing awesome stuff…

19th November - New Zealand Startup Funding: Startup Garage

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Creative HQ Level 1, 7 Dixon St Wellington RSVP Here Need funding to get your startup to the next level? Join the Lightning Lab XX crew to learn about preparing your startup for funding and what investors will look for. We’ll be joined by Wellington angel…

16th November - Lightning Lab announces $20 Million Cloud Credit Funding for NZ Startups

The partnership between Lightning Lab and Microsoft New Zealand has been funding some of New Zealand’s most promising startup companies and is now worth over $20 million in cloud credits.  Startups who make it into Lightning Lab programmes will now each have access to an open cheque worth over $500,000 to use on the Microsoft Azure platform over three…

11th November - Strategic Alliance to Strengthen the New Zealand Startup Ecosystem

Wellington’s start-up base Creative HQ and social enterprise supporters Ākina Foundation are excited to announce a strategic alliance to help New Zealand enterprise grow. Creative HQ’s Chief Executive Stefan Korn said the pair were professional organisations coming together to collaborate – to do things smarter. “We both seek to deliver positive impact for New Zealand…

October 2015

29th October - NZ Hardware Innovators Prepare for Investors Pitch Presentation

Months of late nights, intensive mentoring and product testing will come to a head in Lower Hutt on November 19 in a double-header start-up ‘Day of Hardware Innovation’, as participants in Lightning Lab Manufacturing and Callaghan Innovation’s C-PRIZE UAV challenge come together to pitch their products to a room full of potential investors. Thirteen companies…

23rd October - Startup Programmes & Incubators For NZ Entrepreneurs

Over ten years ago Creative HQ was set up as a startup incubator to serve the needs of emerging startups and budding nz entrepreneurs. Today our ‘Global Growth’ founder-focused incubation programme sits amongst a full suite of other business innovation workshops, accelerators and events, offering participating startups access to New Zealand’s growing and thriving entrepreneurial…

20th October - Shawn O’Keefe on Startup Diversity and Business Opportunities in New Zealand

This June Wellington was lucky enough to attract its latest US export – Shawn O’Keefe, after a 14-year tenure at SXSW Interactive. Hailing from Austin, O’Keefe has established himself as a strategist, entrepreneur, global networker, and thought-leader, and has arrived on our shores to embark on his latest endeavour – Programme Director for Wellington’s Lightning Lab Manufacturing,…

15th October - NZ Entrepreneurs To Demo Startup Business Ideas For Venture Capital

Lightning Lab will deliver two demo days in November, one for each of the two verticals currently in session – Lighting Lab Digital in Christchurch and Lightning Lab Manufacturing in Wellington. Ticket priority will be given to stakeholders and investors. A live stream will be available for anyone unable to attend. Demo Days are a…

15th October - Government Panel on Business Leadership and Digital Innovation in NZ at Lean 15

For the first time in Australasia, LEAN 15 offers attendees world-class speakers, interactive workshops, and engaging discussions in an event set to disrupt, challenge and inspire. Delivered by Creative HQ, the inaugural LEAN 15 conference brought together sixteen lean entrepreneurs who will be sharing their vast experience and advice on implementing lean practices into existing businesses,…

14th October - Starting a Business using a Lean Business Plan Template

Justin Wilcox was one of the sixteen lean entrepreneurs speaking at the LEAN 15 conference that took place in Wellington in October. This event, coordinated by Creative HQ, was a chance for anyone to learn about lean startup methodologies, not only startups, but non-profits, services, government and corporates too. The three-day event took place in…

2nd October - Educating Business Leaders on Using the Lean Mindset for Inspiration

Christina is the founder of Wodtke Consulting, a successful practice she has run for 14 years. She also teaches at California College of the Arts and at Stanford Continuing Ed, as well as running regular corporate workshops on innovation and execution, in a beautiful blend of industries, teaching business to designers and design to business…

2nd October - How Lean is Changing Business Leadership Strategies

Early this October LEAN 15 is coming to Wellington, reeling in lean entrepreneurs and leading design thinkers like Sonya Crosby from across New Zealand and overseas. Creative HQ is coordinating the immersive three-day conference, which is the first lean business focused event in Australasia. It is set to challenge and inspire attendees, with lean experts including…

1st October - Rod Snodgrass on Business Innovation Strategies for Startups and Corporates

Rod Snodgrass is one of sixteen experts on lean business coming together to bring us LEAN 15. The three-day conference has been coordinated by Creative HQ, and is a series of presentations, discussions and workshops, exposing attendees to new way of thinking about business. Corporates, government, service industries and non-profits all have something to take…

1st October - Lean Government & Business Solutions for Creating Minimum Viable Products

In a first for Australasia, Wellington is hosting a conference dedicated to lean business practices and redefining what the future’s successful business model looks like. LEAN 15 is an intensive three-day event delivered by Creative HQ, bringing together leading lean entrepreneurs and businesspeople from around New Zealand and overseas. Andrew Bardsley is one of sixteen…

1st October - Learn How Applying Lean Product Development Strategies Yield Faster Results

LEAN 15 is coming to Wellington this October, in a three-day event the first of its kind in Australasia. The conference, coordinated by Creative HQ, is centered on the lean startup business model, and is a series of presentations, discussions, and workshops delivered by 16 lean experts from New Zealand and overseas. Alan Gourdie is…

September 2015

28th September - Lean Entrepreneurship: Changing the Way We Look at Education – Chris Clay

Chris Clay is one of sixteen lean entrepreneurs speaking at the upcoming LEAN 15 conference in Wellington, New Zealand. This event, delivered by Creative HQ, is a chance to learn about lean startup methodologies, the future of business, and how these tools are relevant not only to startups, but non-profits, services, government and corporates too….

28th September - Business Concepts of the Future Using the Lean Approach – Nick Gerritsen

Lean innovation thinking is the future of business. In a first for Australasia, a three day conference dedicated to lean startup methodologies and offering world-class speakers, hands on workshops and engaging discussion is available right here in Wellington. Delivered by Creative HQ, LEAN 15 is bringing together sixteen lean entrepreneurs to convince you just how…

28th September - Lean 15 Provides New Zealand Opportunities in New Lean Business Model Innovations

Larry Lieberman, along with sixteen other top minds and creative business entrepreneurs, will soon be making his way to Wellington as part of LEAN 15. The conference, coordinated by Creative HQ, is a three-day lean intensive event set to inspire transformation of companies still favoring the traditional business model. Corporates, governments, services, and non-profits would…

26th September - Applications Open for New Zealand’s First ‘Female-Founder’ Accelerator Programme

Applications are officially open for Lightning Lab XX, New Zealand’s first ever female-founder business accelerator, which will kick off on International Women’s Day (March 8th 2016). Lightning Lab is New Zealand’s premier business accelerator, with its programmes to date helping 45 ventures accelerate their business and attract over $8M in seed capital. Lightning Lab XX…

25th September - Tim Pointer on Lean Management Principles for Customer Data

The LEAN 15 conference will soon be upon us, hitting Wellington in early October with sixteen lean entrepreneurs speaking, including Tim Pointer. Creative HQ has coordinated the event, which is the first of its kind in Australasia, providing a chance to learn about how the lean startup business model is valid across all realms of…

25th September - Applying Lean Methodology Principles to Build Creative Teams

Wellington is welcoming sixteen lean innovators this October, who will be speaking at the LEAN 15 conference. Josh Seiden is one of those sixteen, and he will be speaking about designing the social systems needed for today’s products and services, as well presenting a workshop about identifying opportunities for innovation. LEAN 15 here to educate…

25th September - David Bland Talks Lean Innovation Thinking For Startups And Corporates

LEAN 15 is coming to Wellington this October, bringing with it sixteen lean entrepreneurs from across New Zealand and overseas. David Bland is one of those sixteen. He will be speaking about why the lifespan of corporations is in rapid decline, as well as running a hands-on workshop about learning how to apply the lean…

24th September - Experiencing Venture Up 2015 (and why you need to apply for VU 2016)

My experience at Venture Up was one which I will never forget. Thrilling, crazy, amazing, inspiring, and fizzing madness. Beautiful. Stepping into Venture Up, my thoughts were something along the lines of this… “So these are the ‘best young entrepreneurs’ in NZ…..they must be amazing. And then here’s me…What am I? Probably nothing compared to…

17th September - Ben Kepes Explains What is Lean and Why You Should Care

This October Creative HQ is bringing the LEAN 15 conference to Wellington. Sixteen lean entrepreneurs with a diverse range of backgrounds will be speaking, including Christchurch’s Ben Kepes, who is also the MC of the event. For those wanting to know what is lean innovation and how to get the most out of applying lean methodologies…

14th September - Lean Startup Methodology for New Zealand to reinvent, scale and prosper

Nick Gerritsen says megatrends like climate change present opportunities for start ups to transform economies like New Zealand’s. Gerritsen, a former commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property and now a high growth adviser at Creative HQ, will be speaking about the impact and opportunities arising from mega trends at LEAN 15, a three day lean…

4th September - Lightning Lab programme funds startups to kick start businesses

Dogmatek audio owner Tim Prebble, left, and Jack Candlish from Organic Dynamic. Their product ideas range from surfboards to motion capture technology but the entrepreneurs behind eight startups have yet to prove they can turn prototypes into saleable products. The Lightning Lab Manufacturing startups will be taking part in New Zealand’s first ever manufacturing accelerator programme,…

4th September - Te Papa looking for a Innovation Hub General Manager

As Te Papa embarks on a programme of renewal to evolve the purpose of the museum and its potential to involve, inspire and catalyse its users and communities to become agents of change, we are starting up an incubator to give entrepreneurs a platform for digital and experiential product innovation in the culture, education and…

July 2015

7th July - builtinwellington.com - Manufacturing the next frontier for Kiwi creators

New Zealand could excel in high-tech manufacturing by harnessing the same creativity that brought its film and music industries to the fore, American Shawn O’Keefe believes. The creative sector has often been associated with artsy and digital products such as books, films and computer games. But technologies such as 3-D printing and the “internet of…

7th July - Lightning Lab Manufacturing

What’s better than developing products from your mum’s basement? Developing products in New Zealand’s most prestigious accelerator, with access to initial funding, expert mentors, and potential investors! While Velox Innovation may be working with established companies to deliver our coaching programme, we are also extremely passionate about startup innovation in New Zealand. With this in…

7th July - The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

In his TED2015 talk, Idealab founder Bill Gross asks the audience to guess which factor is most important to startup success: Idea Team: How well you execute and adapt Business model: Your path to generating revenue Funding Timing: How early or late you are. Which one would you pick? Gross, a serial entrepreneur who went…

June 2015

17th June - An Overview of the Inversion Process

What’s an inversion? An inversion is the act of re-incorporating a business overseas and is completed for many reasons. Established companies may invert into a foreign country to lower their operating costs. At the other end of the scale, early stage companies invert to improve operations and investment prospects in the U.S. This was exactly…

11th June - Wellingtonians’ new app the Tinder of hospo deals

The smartphone generation don’t want to have to walk along restaurant row to see the blackboard specials. They want to be swiping left and right, according to a new app. Wellingtonians Danesh Abeyratne, Connor Finlayson and Josh Brake have developed what they hope will be the Tinder of the hospitality industry, to introduce people to…

11th June - Gone in 60 days… Kiwi start-up scene receives innovation boost

“A programme like this helps us reach out to all the budding entrepreneurs who are stuck or have got an idea but don’t know what to do with it.” Wellington start-up base Creative HQ has partnered with Australian incubator Pollenizer to roll out the 60-Day Startup, a flexible online course that enables users to work…

2nd June - Applications Open for Lightning Lab Manufacturing

Applications are officially open for Lightning Lab Manufacturing, New Zealand’s first ever product and manufacturing accelerator, which will run out of Hutt City from August to October this year. Currently known for being one of New Zealand’s premier digital accelerators, Lightning Lab is in its 3rd year, with the last two Labs have resulted in…

March 2015

9th March - Lightning Lab Alumni Glass Jar Crack Y Combinator

Media Release – 9 March New Zealand startup “Glass Jar”, whose app helps make group payments easier has been accepted into Y Combinator, a leading seed investment accelerator based in Silicon Valley. Glass Jar Founder George Smith / Photo: New Zealand Herald Glass Jar’s induction into Y Combinator, as well as their positive reception on the US site ProductHunt,…

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