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…

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 April - R9 Accelerator – Week 3 & 4 Insights from our NZ Entrepreneurs & Government Innovators

This post is the third 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…

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…

23rd October - Startup Programmes & Incubators For NZ Entrepreneurs

Over ten years ago Creative HQ was set up as a startup incubator to serve the needs of emerging startups and budding nz entrepreneurs. Today our ‘Global Growth’ founder-focused incubation programme sits amongst a full suite of other business innovation workshops, accelerators and events, offering participating startups access to New Zealand’s growing and thriving entrepreneurial…

20th October - Shawn O’Keefe on Startup Diversity and Business Opportunities in New Zealand

This June Wellington was lucky enough to attract its latest US export – Shawn O’Keefe, after a 14-year tenure at SXSW Interactive. Hailing from Austin, O’Keefe has established himself as a strategist, entrepreneur, global networker, and thought-leader, and has arrived on our shores to embark on his latest endeavour – Programme Director for Wellington’s Lightning Lab Manufacturing,…

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…

26th September - Applications Open for New Zealand’s First ‘Female-Founder’ Accelerator Programme

Applications are officially open for Lightning Lab XX, New Zealand’s first ever female-founder business accelerator, which will kick off on International Women’s Day (March 8th 2016). Lightning Lab is New Zealand’s premier business accelerator, with its programmes to date helping 45 ventures accelerate their business and attract over $8M in seed capital. Lightning Lab XX…