Lightning Lab

CHQ's startup division.

CHQ Startup Services

Through Lightning Lab, CHQ’s startup division, we run the Lightning Lab accelerator programme and Lightning Lab Incubation.
How we help startups
Our programmes bring discipline to startup life. We provide coaching and mentoring, practical startup support, a place to work, advice and a community of alumni. 

Startup Services

Take 2-hours to learn how structured innovation can transform a company.

The Focus Workshop is an interactive introduction to Enterprise Innovation. Participants complete a short assessment of current initiatives and practices and have a guided discussion of how to create transformational outcomes. After the Focus Workshop, CHQ will deliver a one-page summary, including our recommended next steps.

Bring structure and discipline to enterprise innovation with a Sprint.

An Innovation Sprint is is a time-boxed period where teams work to complete a variety of structured and specific tasks. CHQ offers 7 sprint types, including Design Sprint and Problem Discovery Sprints. Once your company has completed the Focus Workshop, we will recommend the Sprint types that are right for your organisation.

Got an idea?

Places in our programmes are highly sought-after.

Each year, we have up to twenty places for startups to grow their business with us. Teams are selected based on a range of criteria including:

  • Having a unique value proposition
  • The potential to scale globally
  • Coachable founders with a team around them
  • Early signs of validation and/or growth
  • Alignment with CHQ’s values

If this sounds like you, fill out the First Drop Form and someone will be in touch with you.

"Lightning Lab has been pivotal for us. During the programme, we evolved from two guys hacking in our bedrooms to full-blown entrepreneurs who are taking on the world."

Mike Neumegen, CloudCannon

"Being part of the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator helped us turn our idea into a business. Providing us with the momentum, tools and support we needed along the way." 

Sonya Williams, Sharesies

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