THE CATALYST FOR PRODUCT INNOVATION
The first Lightning Lab Manufacturing accelerator in Lower Hutt, Wellington wrapped up on Thursday, November 19th. Demo Day showcased the seven ventures that have thrived in New Zealand’s first ever acceleration programme for physical products. The event happened in collaboration with the C-PRIZE ‘Den of Drones,’ for an ‘NZ Day of Hardware Innovation.’
Demo Day was a great opportunity for investors to see innovations firsthand and fuel the future of manufacturing in the region.
We would like to thank all the people who helped make the accelerator great.
– Jenny & Kareena, The Misprint Co
– Jess Rollison-Purchase, Ebee
ORGANIC DYNAMIC produces beautiful, strong, high-performance wooden surfboards from recycled and renewable materials. A small range of tried and tested shapes are available to order, complemented by the ability to produce custom designs. They can also supply your local shaper with a wooden blank from any cad model for them to shape to any users preference.
EBEE are building ecologically sound, resilient beekeeping equipment for beekeepers searching for an alternative to wood and wax or plastic frames. The frame is biodegradable, combustible and cost-effective. This new take on the traditional frame provides the qualities of wood and the ease of plastic as well as a clean environmental conscience.
DOGMATEK produce audio effects units combining analogue and digital electronics. Emphasis on originality and design integrity enables users to produce innovative and classic sounds using modern control methods. At the heart of all Dogmatek pedals are crisp, warm analogue electronics ensuring real, unadulterated analogue tone with unsurpassed functionality.
KINE6 produces wireless, outdoor motion capture technology that provides a targeted auto focus system suited for any rig, camera, and lens combination, whether you use a DSLR from Canon, a cinema camera from Blackmagic Design, RED, Arri, Sony, or others.
THE MISPRINT CO. repurpose business paper waste into good looking notebooks. The Misprint service allows for fully customisable notebooks with logos, cover stocks and even bindings for some extra uniqueness. This creates great marketing material for businesses or gifts for clients, all the while showing physical evidence of sustainability.
PRECISION PLATFORMS custom builds rifle stocks and bipods for long-range hunters and competition rifle shooters. The stocks are created from carbon fiber and are able to increase the consistency for shooters.
BPOD is a smart baby bottle which provides parents with more freedom over when and where their baby feeds. The portable unit utilises proprietary algorithms to adapt to a baby’s needs, making feeding time easier and safer.
The accelerator came out of a partnership between Creative HQ, Callaghan Innovation, the Hutt City Council and Grow Wellington, giving startups with a physical product the opportunity to rapidly grow their companies through a special combination of seed funding, world-class mentoring, mind-expanding workshops and intensive business development.
Harnessing Kiwi creativity and the “no. 8 wire” attitude, Lightning Lab Manufacturing was a 3-month bootcamp environment where participants were required to be on-site for the duration of the programme. Teams went through a rigorous application and selection process to ensure that an acceleration programme was a good match for their needs and could significantly boost their progress. Are you interested in a future manufacturing accelerator? Contact us.
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