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Are you an entrepreneur with an early stage technology start-up? Accelerator programmes can help you rapidly build your business.

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About Accelerators

Accelerator programmes typically run over three to five months and focus on rapid and intensive product development to establish an investment ready start-up.

Accelerators often complement the services offered by founder and technology incubators.

With concentrated, specialist mentoring, coaching and business support, the programme concludes with a final pitch to an audience of potential investors at which seed, angel or venture capital funding might be attracted.

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Accelerators funded by Callaghan Innovation

Talk to one of the accelerators below to find out how you can get involved.

Lightning Lab

Electric Lightning Lab is a four-month, mentor-intensive, business acceleration programme based on the best of breed accelerator model developed by TechStars in the US. The programme provides teams with structure, startup methodologies, business skills and focused support so they can prove, build and launch their ideas into market, with speed.

Find out more at the Lightning Lab Electric website.

FLUX Accelerator

Flux backs talented founders as they build world leading technology companies from New Zealand. Once a year Flux will invest between $20,000 – $100,000 into 6 – 8 start-ups, providing them with access to funding, networks, and expertise over six months as they scale their companies and raise further capital.

Find out more at the Flux website.

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Sprout is a business accelerator programme designed to fund the next generation of agritech start-ups in New Zealand.

Find out more at the Sprout website.

Lightning Lab

Lightning Lab

Lightning Lab is a national accelerator programme run by Creative HQ. Lightning Lab is a three-month business growth programme designed to help New Zealand companies compete on a global scale. 

Find out more at the Lightning Lab website.



Mahuki is a space where entrepreneurialism and culture collide to create innovative solutions that enrich the galleries, libraries, archives and museums of tomorrow. Mahuki is the first culture sector accelerator in the world and is based in The National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Find out more on the Mahuki website.

Updated: 25 February 2020