Lightning Lab is a national programme that runs in cities across New Zealand. Discover the programmes and delivery partners in each city here.


Mentors play an active and crucial role in Lightning Lab. Some of New Zealand’s top minds in business, these leaders join startups in the trenches, connect them to partners and prepare the startup for investment.

Meet some of the mentors in the Lightning Lab network

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Annette Presley

Telecommunications Entrepreneur and Slingshot Co-founder

Andy Lark

Digital / Brand Advisor & Xero CMO

Claudia Batten

Serial Tech Entrepreneur & Regional Director for NZTE


Lightning Lab has worked with 60 entrepreneurs across 19 startups, who collectively have raised $4.4M on Demo Day. Learn more about each cohort and Lightning Lab alumni

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Wipster is a beautifully simple video workflow platform that lets you watch, share and comment on your work-in-progress videos, so you get better feedback faster.

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Cloud Cannon

CloudCannon is the easiest way for web designers to deploy, host and maintain websites for clients. It doesn’t require any programming and fits in with the web designer’s existing workflow.


CoachSeek helps sports coaches manage their business better. Simple and easy to use, it helps coaches with all their scheduling, billing, messaging and client management.

National Foundation Partner

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National Partner


Delivery Partners

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