GovTech Accelerator

Serving Wellington and Aotearoa by delivering better outcomes

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We help local, central and international government agencies tackle some of the most urgent challenges and create a positive impact for their communities.

How? We do this by introducing you to proven innovation principles and processes through the GovTech Accelerator.

The programme creates valuable projects in 13 weeks, reducing costs and de-risking innovation in the public sector.

If you have an impactful project in mind, we want to hear from you.

This year, we’ve also opened up a limited number of spaces for Startups and NGOs (read the announcement here) working on social or environmental problems and wanting to collaborate with the Government in order to do so. Applications are now closed – watch this space for the team announcement coming soon.

Key Dates

Project submission for government

Request the info pack

Programme starts

September 2022

Are you ready to make a difference? We’re looking for government agencies with an impactful project

Why GovTech?

Here are five reasons to get you started:

  1. Solve the root-cause problems and build the right solution to meet citizens’ needs.
  2. Work with experienced facilitators in an environment that fosters collaboration across agencies.
  3. Build innovation capability in your government staff through immersive learning by doing.
  4. Enable co-design and collaboration with citizens and the public and private sectors.
  5. Rapidly test new solutions using a safe and user-centric process.





Local and central government bodies


NGOs and businesses



How it works

The GovTech Accelerator is a proven model that fast-tracks projects and creates long-term solutions. The process can broadly be broken down into four steps.

1. Pick a project and get a team together

What’s top of mind? Pick an issue you’d like to prioritise. We’ll guide you to get the right team composition and we’ll help you source external team members to fill your skill gaps.

2. Put an advisory board together

You’ll have visibility all the way. The most successful teams have a strong buy-in and an advisory board ready to support them throughout their journey.

3. Innovation by method

Time to get to work. We’ll guide the teams through 13 weeks of intensive work to get them where they need to be. We’ll start with an in-depth problem discovery phase to get to the core of the problem. We’ll then move on to co-designing with the communities you are targeting.

4. See the results

By the end of the programme, your team will have validated or invalidated the initial idea. They’ll have a viable business case and/or a validated prototype. They will pitch their progress at the final Demo Day, in front of an audience of government peers, ministers and media.

2022 Impact Report

A globally unique accelerator programme. A proven approach to problem-solving.

We looked back at the 38 projects to come through the GovTech Accelerator since 2018, to see how they’ve progressed and what impacts they have had.

Take a look for yourself.

Some of the agencies that took part in the accelerator:

Ganesh Productivity Commission

“GovTech encourages cross-agency collaboration, innovation, and creativity. It’s the recognition that if we’re going to tackle these challenges, we need to think differently.”

Dr. Ganesh Nana
Chair of the Productivity Commission

“Thank you to Creative HQ, who have led four years of government innovation through the GovTech Accelerator.”

Hon. Nanaia Mahuta
Minister for Local Government, Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister for Māori Development

Minister Clark

“It’s inspiring to see the work that comes out of these programmes that create real meaningful change for government organisations and also the people they serve. It’s the kind of approach that we need in a modern, adaptive public service.”

Hon. David Clark
Minister of the Digital Economy and Communications

Past projects

Since 2018, we’ve worked with local councils, central government agencies and international governments to fast-forward impactful projects.

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