Take action - Accelerate that burning idea! 26.05.2017 : 10:01am
Some game-changing tech startups have come out of NZ, the original darlings Xero, Vend & Timely and more recently Pushpay and 8i - but we reckon there’s a lot of innovation, or potential innovation, that goes unnoticed in New Zealand.
Innovation doesn’t always mean startups though, anyone with a good idea can innovate! Being a freelancer is innovative in itself; you’re out there for working for yourself, trying out new ideas and finding what works.
There’s a lot of support for innovators, so if you’ve got a good idea you’ve been sitting on, or you’re looking to develop yourself as a freelancing business, these programmes might be for you.
Mahuki is an innovation accelerator run by Te Papa, aiming to develop ideas into world-leading digital businesses for the cultural sector. A four-month programme based in Wellington, applications close on the 29th of May.
Akina Elevate works with a group of social enterprises across topics that are “fundamental to success”.The programme has a supportive learning environment, combining group learning, specialist knowledge and tools, and mentoring.
Creative HQ’s incubation programme brings entrepreneurs together to create a community with vital help and support. The programme assists entrepreneurs through the challenges and risks of developing a great idea into something more.
Ministry of Awesome’s startup activation programme facilitates informative workshops, events and educational labs where you can up-skill, accelerate your idea and connect with other entrepreneurs.
Biz Dojo specialise in activating spaces by curating robust, diverse communities and implementing activation programmes and events to plug their residents into the wider innovation ecosystem and help businesses succeed and grow.
Festival for the Future is an action-packed weekend featuring a range of speakers, workshops, performances and entertainment. It’s all about inspiring forward thinkers and developing skills for the future.
The H2 Accelerator is all about developing ideas in AI, fintech, digital security, data or marketplaces. However, if the programme likes your idea enough, they’ll accept you even if your idea isn’t in these spaces.
Lightning Lab, Vodafone Xone & Flux have filled their programmes for the year but keep an eye out for the demo days and pitch events in coming months to see the startups formed who are making it big.