28th October - Fuelling FinTech

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. Financial technology, also known as fintech, is an economic industry composed of companies that use technology to make financial services more efficient. One…

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…

27th September - Mevo; leveraging Exponential Technologies to scale 10x

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. Mevo is a startup leveraging Exponential Technologies and scalable organisational practices, building what is known internationally as a car share. The passionate team…

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…

15th June - Big wins, fast fails & most inspiring moments pre Lightning Lab XX Demo Day

With Lightning Lab XX Demo Day right around the corner, (pitches start tomorrow at 4pm to be exact) we spoke with four of the nine female led teams to get an insider perspective on the 4-month mentorship-driven business acceleration programme. Little Yellow Bird, Patternsnap, Music Ecademy and Sipreme shared their big wins, fast fails, most…

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…

9th March - R9 Accelerator Bootcamp – Meet the Teams

This post is the first in our fortnightly series documenting the successes, challenges and overall progress of the 10 teams currently working on government/business interaction opportunities as part of the R9 Accelerator. Tender Chat | Catherine & Natalie What you are working on? We’re working on making tendering easier for both business and government. We want…

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…

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…