News and Events

Hunter Safety Lab – Finalists

Creative HQ alumni Hunter Safety Lab is a finalist in the 2014 Hi-Tech Awards. Original article here Auckland, 26 March 2014. New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards Reaches New Heights A record number of entries from a record number of companies across New Zealand has again lifted the bar for this year’s Hi-Tech Awards. “This year’s finalists range from companies in their infancy through to some of our biggest, most high profile hi-tech companies. New Zealand hi-tech companies have a … [Read more...]

Talent before ideas – Stefan Korn

Originally published on NZ Herald >> see original here by Michael Foreman A blueprint for the next WhatsApp - sold to Facebook for a cool US$19 billion ($22.6 million) last month - would be a good start. A business plan for another Trade Me or Xero might be a beginning. But according to entrepreneur-turned-investor Stefan Korn, a tech startup won't get very far on an idea alone, however innovative that idea might be. "Ideas are overrated," he says. "Yes, you need a point of … [Read more...]

App4IR – opening govt innovation

Creative HQ working to open innovation opportunities for startups Inland Revenue’s App4IR Challenge is the first of a series of opportunities Creative HQ is working on for entrepreneurs and startups to showcase innovative solutions to large organisations and corporates. Small businesses and startups in New Zealand have an amazing track record for innovation and creative solutions but too often are bypassed for a ‘known brand’ or a large multinational with significant resources to … [Read more...]

Troy Henikoff : all things startup

New Zealand’s entrepreneurial community recently received an invigorating boost when Troy Henikoff, Managing Director of Techstars Chicago, visited our startup capital. Troy is a serial tech entrepreneur with a large handful of ventures under his belt, including the well-known company SurePayroll which was acquired by Paychex in 2011 for $115 million USD cash. He’s also an investor, with 25 startups in his portfolio. The company he currently runs, Techstars Chicago, provides seed … [Read more...]

Our time with startup guru Troy Henikoff

Every week Troy Henikoff, managing director of Techstars Chicago, holds open office hours locally, advising entrepreneurs on growing strong businesses. But his trip to Wellington, New Zealand last month proved just how far (literally) Henikoff goes to support the growth of startups anywhere and everywhere. Especially over the past five years, Chicago entrepreneurs have been laser-focused on the city’s reputation as an international startup hub, advocating that entrepreneurs who’ve made it … [Read more...]

Hunter Safety Lab – news

Originally published on Wellington startup Hunter Safety Lab is in talks with New Zealand and international distributors and hopes to have its new hunting safety device on the shelves by this year’s deer mating season. The device, called IRIS, is a rifle attachment designed to improve hunting safety by beeping and flashing when the hunter is aiming at a person wearing an IRIS vest or cap. Hunter Safety Lab's first batch of 1000 units is due out in the next three to … [Read more...]

Dead Startup Society

Celebrating failure. It's not done well, or often. We set up Dead Startup Society along with Lean Startup Wellington and Startup Weekend to showcase those who burned and learned. More here. Check out the recent report on how New Zealand is getting there on failure by Peter Kerr. Link here. … [Read more...]

The best global Accelerators

Uber-entrepreneur and startup whisperer Brad Feld has posted a great blog on the importance of quality control for accelerators the world over. Wellington's Lightning Lab ranks. Thanks Brad. More here … [Read more...]

Expander, EightWire & Creative HQ

Online magazine NZ Entrepreneur has a spread on the ins and outs of entrepreneurship from Ollie Langridge talking about his time in the Lightning Lab, and a piece on Creative HQ's latest company EightWire. It's a good read. Check it out here … [Read more...]


Startup accelerator Lightning Lab is kicking off a national roadshow with an event in Wellington on October 8 - See Event … [Read more...]


Follow Us

Follow me on TwitterFriend me on FacebookFollow my company on LinkedIn