Laura Reitel

Previously Programme Director for Lightning Lab XX and now our Portfolio Manager, Laura is the driving force behind keeping our network strong, involved and ever-reaching. She brings New Zealand’s startup community together through events, sponsorships and workshops and online at Built in Wellington. A key part of our innovation services and acceleration teams, Laura’s panache for innovation helps her identify the right people, startups and ideas to bring into Creative HQ’s fold.

Before joining Creative HQ, Laura spent two years as Program Manager with TechStars, the flagship accelerator programme founded in Boulder, Colorado. She was also part of the founding team of the Global Accelerator Network.

Prior to finding her calling with startups, Laura held positions as a HR manager and a lawyer. She has studied law, political science, international relations, and diplomacy.