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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…