How can we facilitate positive and supportive interactions?

As a member of the startup ecosystem, Callaghan Innovation wants to help create an environment where founders and their evolving teams can thrive - an ecosystem that supports, encourages and builds a diverse and inclusive culture; recognises that words and actions have power; and acknowledges that if we make mistakes, we need to address our behaviour.  

The Code of Conduct and Guide for Founders have been created with this in mind - and with founders at their heart. We hope that Aotearoa’s startup ecosystem providers, mentors, advisors, coaches, investors, supporters and startups find them useful.

What is the Code of Conduct?

This is an open source Code of Conduct for anyone working with founders and startups - in particular investors, advisors, coaches and mentors. It is a living document that, through future engagement with members of the ecosystem, will continue to evolve to help us better support our founders and the people who work alongside them.

What is the Guide for Founders?

This guide has been designed to give founders and their evolving teams a clear understanding of what good looks like and what constitutes unacceptable behaviour when engaging in the ecosystem.

Additional support for startup founders

Getting an innovative new business up and running is no simple feat. You'll find there are many pressures on startup founders and finding the right support for your situation can be difficult.

You’ll find a range of services to support founder wellbeing here – many of these are funded by Callaghan Innovation. We encourage you to access the support that best fits your situation and preferences.

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