Lightning Lab is a national programme that runs business accelerators 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 our 250 mentors in the Lightning Lab network…

Marcel van den Assum

Angel Investor & Professional Director

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Pallas Hupe Cotter

Award-winning Founder, Mentor & Coach

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Ben Kepes

Technology Evangelist, Business Advisor & Investor


Lightning Lab has worked with 123 entrepreneurs across 45 startups, who collectively have raised over $11M on Demo Day. Learn more about each cohort and Lightning Lab alumni…

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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.



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