Lightning Lab

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A world-class acceleration programme started by Creative HQ in 2012, Lightning Lab is New Zealand’s premier digital accelerator.

Lightning Lab takes in up to 12 digital startups and provides them with structure, startup methodologies, business skills and focused support so they can successfully prove, build and launch their ideas into market. The 12-week mentor-intensive programme is based on the best of breed accelerator model developed by TechStars in the US.

Creative HQ founded Lightning Lab in 2012 with support from a group of professional investors, the Science and Innovation arm of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and a range of passionate sponsors. Lightning Lab’s original founding investors are Phil McCaw, Dave Moskovitz, Stefan Korn, Marcel van den Assum, Trevor Dickinson, Evander Management, K1W1 and Sparkbox Ventures.

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The first Lightning Lab ran in Wellington in 2013 to much avail. The programme was held again in Wellington in 2014. To date, Lightning Lab has guided 60 entrepreneurs (19 startups) through rigorous learning, mentoring and business development that resulted in $4.4 million in private investment at the programme’s investment events “Demo Day”.

In 2015, Lightning Lab is running in a number of locations across New Zealand with The Icehouse as our delivery partner in Auckland, and with the Canterbury Development Corporation as our delivery partner in Christchurch.

To learn more about Lightning Lab, visit, join the Lightning Lab meet up group or contact us.

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