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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…