14th October - Introducing the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator

Creative HQ is excited to be launching New Zealand’s first FinTech Accelerator. A three-month programme designed to turn fledgling businesses into global success stories that could help New Zealand grow its share of a burgeoning global $1 trillion (NZD) industry. CEO Stefan Korn said that there is already a surge of FinTech startups in New…

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…

5th August - Mentor Insight: Mikey Williams; sharing his secret sauce to open-source

Do you share your secret ingredient with others or keep it hidden away under lock and key? Imagine dining at a restaurant that serves 100% locally sourced produce. Alongside your meal, you’re given the full recipe. You know exactly what’s in the meal and where the ingredients came from. Better yet, you’re free to make…

3rd May - R9 Accelerator – Week 7 & 8 Insights from our NZ Entrepreneurs & Government Innovators

This post is the fifth 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…

12th April - Stefan Korn Appointed to Callaghan Innovation Stakeholder Advisory Group

Creative HQ is delighted to announce CEO Stefan Korn’s appointment to Callaghan Innovation’s Stakeholder Advisory Group by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce, along with the appointment of The Icehouse CEO Andy Hamilton.    Callaghan Innovation is the government agency that helps businesses succeed through technology and R&D in New Zealand. The Stakeholder Advisory Group…

14th March - Ideas Forum 7×7 Returns to Wellington to Celebrate Local Innovators

Ideas forum 7×7 is back after an eight year hiatus to celebrate Wellington’s creativity and inspire new thinking by connecting local innovators from across the city’s diverse sectors. The 2016 7×7 will kick-off at 5.30pm on Friday 18th March at the Ministry for the Environment (23 Kate Sheppard Place), with seven individuals or collaborations given just…

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…

28th September - Lean Entrepreneurship: Changing the Way We Look at Education – Chris Clay

Chris Clay is one of sixteen lean entrepreneurs speaking at the upcoming LEAN 15 conference in Wellington, New Zealand. This event, delivered by Creative HQ, is a chance to learn about lean startup methodologies, the future of business, and how these tools are relevant not only to startups, but non-profits, services, government and corporates too….

28th September - Business Concepts of the Future Using the Lean Approach – Nick Gerritsen

Lean innovation thinking is the future of business. In a first for Australasia, a three day conference dedicated to lean startup methodologies and offering world-class speakers, hands on workshops and engaging discussion is available right here in Wellington. Delivered by Creative HQ, LEAN 15 is bringing together sixteen lean entrepreneurs to convince you just how…

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…