XX – Wellington




Little Yellow Bird

Little Yellow Bird is a company that supplies businesses with more than just a uniform. LYB produces high quality workwear, through a completely transparent and ethical supply chain. They have a wide range of workwear such as custom business shirts to t-shirts, hoodies to aprons. This provides companies with an opportunity to turn their uniforms into marketing.


Ama Balm is a natural balm used by adventurers to hydrate their weathered skin after being exposed to the elements. Launching only 8 months ago, Ama Balm is already featured in major surf, ski and adventure towns in NZ. The company aims to build a natural skin care range that serves the needs of adventurers across the globe.


NoticeMatch helps any business ensure their customer’s final experience is achieved a timely and empathetic manner. We empower them by identifying deceased customers quickly, thus giving them the tool to undertake their legal, moral or ethical obligations and build great relationships with the surviving families.



Patternsnap is a digital library of Interior Design samples for Designers and Showrooms. It provides a beautiful, simple tool to search for products and create schemes. Patternsnap saves Designers precious time, enabling access to a comprehensive database of unique samples. Currently available as an iOS app, Patternsnap is a virtual showroom in your pocket.

Geo AR Games

Geo AR Games get kids off the couch and active outside using Outdoor Mixed Reality technology. Mixed Reality combines digital content with a real-time video feed to create immersive experiences. By pairing this with Motion Gaming, kids explore digital content by walking and running. This solution encourages healthy relationships with technology by creating games that kids love.

Music Ecademy

Music Ecademy is a web application that teaches music theory and aural skills in a fun and engaging way through interactive lessons, quizzes, and games. The application helps to engage students while also saving teachers valuable time and resources. The curriculum is relevant for music schools and teachers in Australia, NZ and the UK.



Sipreme is joyful future food – healthy, nutritionally complete, and super convenient. For busy people with cooler stuff to do than burn toast in the morning, this is it. It’s a fast, liquid meal that gives the adult body every nutrient it needs! The product iterates for each new batch, following customer feedback. It’s the perfect, healthy solution for unromantic, functional meals.


Liangma allows quality-sensitive buyers to order fresh, free-range chicken for home delivery. The company connects free-range farms with inner-city buyers through a digital platform and logistics network. This creates an easy and reliable way for their Chengdu-based customers to buy the best poultry products. Liangma’s promise of 24h delivery fits perfectly with the Chinese culture of eating the freshest, highest quality produce.


Hive brings communities together by connecting people who need a hand with those who have the time and skills to help. At the heart of Hive is the idea that trust is valuable, and that communities can build trust. Using a mobile app, Hive facilitates finding and matching jobs, and processing payments. The app helps to build a trusted community by connecting locals to get work done.




Lightning Lab XX 2016 is currently in progress. Read more about it here.

Lightning Lab XX is a 4-month mentorship-driven business acceleration programme focused on fast-tracking 9 women-led companies. Lightning Lab makes entrepreneurship accessible by opening doors to capital, mentorship, business development, customer acquisition and leadership skills so you can successfully prove, build and launch your ideas into market.

Our programme in Wellington focuses on women-led companies (meaning, at least one co-founder is female). The purpose of the programme is to discover, accelerate and invest in exceptional women and the companies they run. The accelerator will provide the right environment for female founders to thrive through the challenge of starting a company while being supported by a diverse lineup of world-class role models, coaches and mentors.

Lightning Lab XX makes a seed investment of $20,000NZ into each company that is accepted into the programme, in return for a small equity stake. In addition, each team gets perks valued at over $800,000NZRead our blog post here to find out more.


There are far fewer women in startups than we would expect. We believe diverse teams create stronger companies and we want to help bring more gender balance into our ecosystem. Data from various studies and reports also suggests that diverse teams perform better and generate higher returns. Therefore, our next programme in Wellington focuses on startups that have at least one female co-founder.

The accelerator will provide the right environment for founders to thrive through the challenge of starting a company while being supported by a diverse lineup of world-class role models, coaches and mentors.

We’re excited and committed to create a more diverse ecosystem for New Zealand, to encourage more creative thinking, richer discussions and ultimately, a more productive entrepreneurial environment. We can only reach this goal through openness and inclusiveness, and we hope you’ll join us on this journey. For more information on the programme and Women in Tech/ Female Founder data visit the blog post here.


“It’s great to see the first female founder-accelerator programme. There is a dichotomy between the research that clearly shows the financial benefits of diversity – and the lack of women in start-ups and more widely in business. The programme will not only give the participating female-led enterprises a kick start – but they in turn will provide inspiration to other women with innovative ideas. It’s a practical and exciting step towards improved entrepreneurial diversity within New Zealand.”

Sue McCabe, Chief Executive, National Council of Women New Zealand

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“As a passionate advocate for all things women, community, work equality, I feel Lightning Lab XX is coming to stay! We need a deliberate, proactive approach to more women in the founders seat, and this programme does exactly that. So proud to be a mentor for it and can’t wait to get stuck in with all the great ventures that will be going through it”

Natalia Albert, TEDxWellingtonWomen



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Mentors play an active role in Lightning Lab (and bring the magic). They are some of New Zealand’s top minds in business and will join the startups in the trenches – help you strategize, connect you to partners and customers, and coach you to run a scalable business. The list of mentors for Lightning Lab XX programme will be growing over the next few months, see all of them here.

Natalia Albert     Kristen Lunman     Anna Guenther



Interested in learning more about the accelerator now that applications have closed? Want to get involved as a mentor, partner or investor? Please contact Programme Director Laura Reitel.



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