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…

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…

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…

19th April - R9 Accelerator Week 5 & 6 – An interview with Shawn O’Keefe

  Week 5 and 6 are critical times in the programme where participants start feeling the pressure. The focus lies heavily on product market fit; testing the market with customers to validate their solutions. Team dynamics start to get strained – It’s a challenging time for everybody in the cohort. The week was brought to…

1st April - Market validation from an early stage startup perspective

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 April’s market validation edition here. Nearby is one of the 9 female founded, early stage startups going through Lightning Lab XX right now. Their vision is…

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…