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…

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…

26th February - How to fund a startup business in New Zealand

We wrote this article for Straight Up, a monthly startup resource that tackles common sticking points of  early stage founders. Get yourself on the list for the rest of the March funding edition here. In New Zealand there are typically three main types of funding; Seed, Angel and Series A.  At Creative HQ we are…

14th December - New Zealand Startup Funding w Dave Moskovitz – Startup Garage

The last Startup Garage of the year was all about New Zealand startup funding – from seed capital to raising an A round. We heard from a range of voices well versed in tricks of the trade both here in New Zealand and in the US – with Wellington angel investor Dave Moskovitz, AngelHQ manager…

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…

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…