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Founder Incubators

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Do you have a great idea or an early stage, high-growth business? Founder incubators provide concentrated, core business support and extensive networks for you to accelerate your path to market.

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About Founder incubators

Founder incubators are for people with great ideas. They provide services to help you and your team validate your idea in the market and build a strong business around it.

Our extended network of incubators help start-ups with:

  • Technology and market validation
  • Business planning and development
  • Capability building
  • Investment preparation and access to networks
  • Governance and establishment of advisory board
  • Shared working spaces

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Funding support for incubated businesses

Founder incubators may invest in eligible businesses but the equity stake is typically small and not the primary means of funding the business. Often these founder incubators are affiliated with early stage business investment networks.

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Founder incubators funded by Callaghan Innovation

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

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BCC (Building Clever Companies) is a Palmerston North-based specialist business development organisation for start-ups in agriculture, agritech and agrifood. The team uses its expertise in start-ups, investment and innovation management to help entrepreneurs and innovators take products to market.

Find out more at the BCC website


Creative HQ

Creative HQ helps start-ups, businesses and government innovate effectively. They strive to build a vibrant economy fuelled by successful high growth ventures that operate internationally and contribute to New Zealand’s long term wealth.

Find out more at the Creative HQ website

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Based at Massey University in Albany, Auckland, ecentre is a not-for-profit offering business incubation services to start-up founders, as well as results-oriented programmes that provide a structured approach to validating and developing business ideas, customer acquisition, investment readiness, and export growth.

Find out more at the ecentre website

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SODA Inc. works with founders from all industry sectors as good ideas and opportunities can be found anywhere. SODA matches expert advisors with founders to support them in building and growing a business around their goals. Headquartered in Hamilton, SODA Inc. operates part-time, remote and customised incubation programmes for clients located throughout New Zealand which gives founders the flexibility to work within their local start-up ecosystem.

Find out more at the SODA Inc. website

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The Icehouse

The Icehouse enables the success of kiwi entrepreneurs at all stages of growth through access to connections, advice, acceleration and investment. The Icehouse’s support is underpinned by a massively valuable network that includes NZ’s largest seed and angel investment network, industry leaders, successful entrepreneurs and world-class mentors. The Icehouse actively invests in and adds value to high potential start-ups, giving them the support they need to win on the global stage.  

Find out more at The Icehouse website

Zero Point Ventures

ZeroPoint Ventures

ZeroPoint Ventures provides founder-friendly support for New Zealand companies to go from idea to their first meaningful revenue milestone in 2 years, providing up to $180K seed funding for eligible companies; one-on-one active coaching throughout the startup journey; and access to an online guided platform providing a clear and transparent pathway to reach that milestone in a way that is right for the founder and their lifestyle, regardless of their location. ZeroPoint’s peer-supported, and mentor-led evidence-based approach helps start-ups derisk the journey ahead, by helping them make increasingly bigger bets towards building a business that people love.

Find out more at the ZeroPoint Ventures website

Updated: 4 November 2018