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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."
12 Oct 18
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.
04 Oct 18
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.
13 Aug 18
Moment of truth for fintech accelerator participants
“The startups this year are a step up again from the ventures involved in the inaugural accelerator."
15 May 18
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.
17 Jan 18
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.
29 Nov 17
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.
06 Sep 17
Lightning Lab Electric set to innovate energy sector
“Lightning Lab Electric is the vehicle for innovation within the relatively staid energy sector.”
07 Jun 17
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.
21 Apr 17
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.
19 Apr 17
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.
14 Oct 16
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.
26 May 16
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."
08 Mar 16
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.
25 Feb 16
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.
16 Nov 15
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.
04 Nov 15
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.
15 Oct 15
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.
31 Aug 15
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.
17 Dec 14
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."
12 Aug 14
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."
18 Jun 14
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.
26 May 14
Countdown begins as start-ups await make or break digital chance
"The possibility of huge success or failure makes this a really exciting time for teams and investors."
20 May 14
Lightning Lab to help more startups through national programme
"Together, we have a phenomenal combined network of mentors, investors and startup entrepreneurs to help ensure the success of the nationwide accelerator programme."
29 Apr 14