Lightning Lab is heading north! Our first Auckland based programme, run in partnership with The Icehouse, will be kicking off in March 2015. To register your interest and receive updates, invites to events and startup news and tips click here.


For those of you that haven’t heard, Lightning Lab has partnered with The Icehouse and Canterbury Development Corporation to expand the programme nationally. This will see accelerator programmes being run in Auckland and Christchurch. As a result of this partnership we will see more incredible mentors added to the pool and a more expansive network of valuable connections in NZ and abroad which adds immense value to all future Lightning Lab programmes.



Seed Funding

In NZ most startups ‘bootstrap’, working part time on their ventures. Lightning Lab requires everyone working on the startup full time; our seed money allows dedicated focus to achieve the audacious goals set within the programme…More

Mentor-driven Model

Our mentors are successful entrepreneurs from New Zealand and around the globe. They will wrap a powerful network of expertise, experience and connections around your company.  They’ll share their wisdom, confront your assumptions and test your fortitude…More

Global Accelerator Network

The Lightning Lab is based on best of breed accelerators such as TechStarsExcelerate Labs and Springboard UK. We’re the only NZ member of GAN. As part of our membership, our companies have access to exclusive deals with a range of sponsors…More

Featured Mentors

Here are some of the mentors we already have on board. See all Mentors here.