Lightning Lab 2014

Our 2014 class is currently in progress March 3rd – May 28. Check in with what we are up to on Twitter and Facebook.


Missed out on the 2014 Class? Register your interest for next class with us via our Expression of Interest Form.


We are thrilled to announce that the Lightning Lab accelerator program will kick off for the second inaugural class in March 2014. With $2.2 million dollars invested into four of Lightning Lab’s companies, the success of the programme is bearing fruit as the new businesses build their teams, release their products into global markets and ramp up their growth momentum.


Founded by startup incubator Creative HQ, Lightning Lab 2014 already has a growing set of investors and mentors off the success of the 2013 programme. The Lightning Lab puts up to $18,000 of seed investment and intensive mentoring into teams of startup entrepreneurs and pushes them to make their business idea fly within three months, with support from a set of dedicated technical and business personnel, and mentorship from leading entrepreneurs and business experts from around New Zealand.


So whether you are a consumer web company or focus on enterprise software, e-commerce, big data, infrastructure or something else entirely – we want to hear from you.


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.