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Ministry of Awesome

Ministry of Awesome is a force for high-growth startups in Aotearoa. We drive startup ambition, build capability, and support success for early-stage NZ founders and startups with global ambitions.

Our six-month Founder Catalyst programme is designed to support, nurture and accelerate the growth of early-stage startups. Additionally, we run a number of 12-week national accelerator programmes, with a specific focus on woman founders and clean energy innovation.

We are a force for the high-growth startups and innovators of New Zealand.  We provide startups with the advisory support, mentorship, community, and connections they need to succeed.

We're passionate about supporting the incredible people that make up the New Zealand startup and innovation ecosystem.  We believe strongly that the future success of our country relies on these innovators and startup founders whose vision and ambition will change our world for the better.

We partner with Callaghan Innovation to deliver our unique high-growth startup capability building, incubation, and acceleration programming across New Zealand.

Our Programmes

Founder Catalyst (6-months) is Aotearoa New Zealand’s most prolific startup programme, helping early-stage companies validate markets, gain traction, secure funding, and achieve their unique global ambitions.

Electrify Accelerator (12-weeks) is the startup accelerator for New Zealand’s most ambitious women and non-binary high-growth startup founders.  

Orion Energy Accelerator (12-weeks) - the accelerator for NZ’s clean energy startups, delivering high impact energy innovations that will help New Zealand move towards a carbon neutral future.

Contacts Areas of experience
  • Product development
  • Market validation
  • Financial literacy
  • Leadership
  • Team management
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Fundraising
  • Commercialisation
  • Globalisation
  • Finance 
  • Legal
  • Governance
  • Human resources
  • Investment discipline.
Sector experience
  • SaaS
  • FinTech
  • AgriTech
  • HealthTech
  • Aviation / Aerospace
  • Energy
  • FMCG
  • Retail / e-commerce
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