The Lightning Lab accelerator, founded in 2013 by Creative HQ, is set to roll out nationally from 2016 as the organisation teams with Auckland-headquartered business growth centre the Icehouse and Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC).
The organistions want to hold Lightning Lab programmes in Auckland and Christchurch next year and in other cities starting in 2016.
Stefan Korn, CEO of Creative HQ, says Lightning Lab has attracted companies from all over New Zealand and it's a natural step to introduce the programme beyond Wellington, where it's run this year and last.
“Lightning Lab is about bringing the best startup teams into one place and building globally-focussed companies," says Korn. "By bringing together the strongest startup support networks across the country, we can do this more effectively and more often."
The Icehouse's director of startups Ken Erskine says the three organisations have a combined network of mentors, investors and startup entrepreneurs to make the national rollout a success.
"More importantly we have a track record of giving startups access to funding, through New Zealand’s leading angel investment groups, as well as linkages to other top-tier investors, local and offshore.”