CHQ's startup division.
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.
LIGHTNING LAB ACCELERATOR
Got a mandate to create lasting change?
Lightning Lab is our flagship programme for accelerating projects. This end-to-end programme will define the scope and focus of a project, assemble the right team around it and guide that team towards the production of a viable business case and/or a validated prototype.
Efficient. Evidence-based. Effective.
LIGHTNING LAB INCUBATION
Bring structure and discipline to enterprise innovation with a Sprint.
A 6-12 months month programme for startups building sustainable business ventures.
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