28th October - Fuelling FinTech

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. Financial technology, also known as fintech, is an economic industry composed of companies that use technology to make financial services more efficient. One…

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…

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…

15th June - Big wins, fast fails & most inspiring moments pre Lightning Lab XX Demo Day

With Lightning Lab XX Demo Day right around the corner, (pitches start tomorrow at 4pm to be exact) we spoke with four of the nine female led teams to get an insider perspective on the 4-month mentorship-driven business acceleration programme. Little Yellow Bird, Patternsnap, Music Ecademy and Sipreme shared their big wins, fast fails, most…

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…

19th April - R9 Accelerator – Week 5 & 6 Insights from our NZ Entrepreneurs & Government Innovators

This post is the fourth 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 10 teams to profile 5 each…

22nd March - R9 Accelerator – Week 1 & 2 Insights from our NZ Entrepreneurs & Government Innovators

This post is the second 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 10 teams to profile 5 each…

28th January - Straight Up – the startup resource

Straight Up is a monthly startup resource that revolves around feeding the New Zealand startup ecosystem with useful insights from local ventures and mentors. We’ve found that people in our network are often asking us the nitty gritty questions around how to actually go about starting a startup and Straight Up aims to provide tips and tricks from…