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Kiwi tourism startups making tracks in NZ and abroad
“There’s been talk of the New Zealand tourism industry slowing down. Because of that, I think it’s more important than ever that New Zealand fosters innovation in the tourism industry, and that’s exactly what Lightning Lab Tourism has been about."
Lightning Lab accelerator delves into tourism
“It’s great to see the tourism sector taking a proactive and collaborative approach to innovation."
Blockworks Hackfest celebrates 2018 winners
"Kiwis are world famous innovators and this was very evident at the hackfest - ideas flew, solutions were created and we had a lot of fun."
CreativeHQ & Centrality launch blockchain accelerator programme
Using Creative HQ’s Lightning Lab, the Centrality Accelerator will support ventures to become business-ready and trained for success.
Lightning Lab Govtech Accelerator kicks off in Wellington
The Lightning Lab Govtech Accelerator Bootcamp is officially in motion as teams converge on Wellington to put their ideas to the test.
Moment of truth for fintech accelerator participants
“The startups this year are a step up again from the ventures involved in the inaugural accelerator."
GovTech accelerator invites startups to disrupt the public sector
Lightning Lab GovTech accelerator will launch in mid-2018 with a cohort of up to 10 local and international teams.
Kiwi fintech startups need to focus more on Asian markets
Kiwi startups can learn much from what’s happening in Fintech markets in China, India and Vietnam.
Lightning Lab Demo Day set to showcase electricity innovation
The lightbulb moments from will provide interesting insight into the future of the country’s electricity market.
Lightning Lab Electric set to innovate energy sector
“Lightning Lab Electric is the vehicle for innovation within the relatively staid energy sector.”
Kiwibank fintech accelerator teams progressing well in lead up to Demo Day
Two months into Kiwibank’s Fintech Accelerator, we catch up with programme manager Rosie Wall on how teams are doing in the final stretch.
emhLabs takes out top spot in Lightning Labs Electric Innovation Challenge
The winner from The Lightning Lab’s Electric Innovation Challenge has been announced - and emhLabs took out the top spot.
Kiwibank Accelerator & Simmonds Stewart to mentor NZ's promising FinTech startups
Creative HQ and Kiwibank launch the new Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator, and now they have gained the support of law firm Simmonds Stewart.
Lightning Labs XX helps ignite Sipreme's 'future food' for tech lovers
Sipreme's future food for busy tech lovers has grown a lot in 5 months. Lightning Lab XX, high demand & formula improvements make it better than ever.
Chinese start up included in Lightning Lab accelerator programme
“We’d like to increase the exchange of entrepreneurs, startups and investors between China and New Zealand."
Lightning Lab backs Kiwi start-ups thinking big
The Lightning Lab has announced the digital startups that will take part in the Lightning Lab 2016 Auckland Programme and the Wellington XX Programme.
Lightning Labs and Microsoft offer up $20m in cloud credits
Startups making it into Lightning Lab programmes receive an open cheque worth more than $500,000 each to use on Microsoft's Azure platform.
Kiwi startups gear up for NZ Day of Hardware Innovation
Months of late nights, intensive mentoring and product testing comes to a head in Lower Hutt soon, as startups pitch their offerings to investors.
Lightning Lab to hold two accelerator programmes for Kiwi start-ups
The Lightning Lab XX will focus on accelerating women-led companies, while the Lightning Lab Digital will take a closer look at applications and tech.
Lower Hutt home to NZ's first ever manufacturing startup hub
Lightning Lab Manufacturing is the fifth Lightning Lab to run since its inception in 2013, and the first in New Zealand to centre around hardware.
Microsoft Ventures partners with Lightning Lab for 2015 programme
In 2015 Microsoft Ventures is again partnering with Lightning Lab to provide start-ups with tools needed to bring ventures to market.
Lightning Lab accelerates Kiwi start ups to success with $2.2m funding
"It’s a true testament to the entrepreneurs who go through the programme and the team of mentors and partners that prepare them for the investment pitches and process."
Kiwi start-ups receive $3m investment boost
"Even teams that didn't ask for funding or still needed to complete some additional validation work left with plenty of positive leads for both money and advice going forward."
Glassjar seeks spark from Lightning Lab
Two University of Canterbury graduates are pitching their software programme Glassjar to Lightning Lab in the hope of receiving follow-on funding to assist their product’s growth in the global market.