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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

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Creative HQ

Wellington’s start-up base, entrepreneurial education provider and corporate innovation specialists. Creative HQ strives to build a vibrant economy fuelled by successful high growth, high tech ventures that operate internationally and contribute to NZ’s long term wealth.

Find out more at the Creative HQ website

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Taking you from garage to global. Based at the Albany Massey campus, ecentre supports and develops professional entrepreneurs with an innovation ecosystem so they can create successful global companies. 

Find out more at the ecentre website

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Empowering entrepreneurs through experiential learning. Headquartered and running a vibrant co-working space in Hamilton, SODA Inc. operates its customised incubation programmes remotely for clients located throughout New Zealand. 

Find out more at the SODA Inc. website

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The Icehouse
The Icehouse is an Auckland-based business growth hub. They work with a wide range of businesses at various stages of growth – from entrepreneurs launching new ventures through to successful owner-managers wanting to take their business to the next level. 

Find out more at The Icehouse website

Updated: 7 November 2016