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…

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…

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…

30th March - 1st Assembly: the new home for hardware-focussed Hutt startups

Creative HQ is excited to announce the opening of 1st Assembly at 125 High Street, Lower Hutt, a space for hardware-focussed Hutt startups to work and collaborate. The residency also comes with the support needed to build the startups’ networks, shared knowledge, resilience and high growth potential. Powered by the Hutt City Council and delivered…

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…

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…

1st October - Lean Government & Business Solutions for Creating Minimum Viable Products

In a first for Australasia, Wellington is hosting a conference dedicated to lean business practices and redefining what the future’s successful business model looks like. LEAN 15 is an intensive three-day event delivered by Creative HQ, bringing together leading lean entrepreneurs and businesspeople from around New Zealand and overseas. Andrew Bardsley is one of sixteen…