About us

Lightning Lab is a three-month, mentor-intensive, business acceleration programme based on the best of breed accelerator model developed by TechStars in the US.

Lightning Lab is the only New Zealand member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), an invite-only community of the world’s most respected organizations that provide startups with the best resources to create and grow their businesses, wherever they are. Startups accepted into a GAN accelerator have access to a variety of exclusive perks including over $1M worth of free services, introductions to a network of investors and access to soft landing spaces worldwide.

As such, Lightning Lab maintains the highest standards for its programme and continually improves its content based on the best practices from across the globe.

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Why acceleration?

Being accepted into an Accelerator means you get access to some of the world’s top coaches, mentors and business minds. You’ll get a period of intense, focused attention that will provide you with the opportunity to learn at a rapid pace.

Lightning Lab devotes a lot of time to developing the skills of the cohort. We’ll help you with the basics of startup life but also how to build a team, your own leadership skills and give you the business acumen you can take anywhere.

Build great founders and they will build great startups

Eric Matthews

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Our vision

Like our startups, Lightning Lab has a lofty vision.

Develop the founders that lead NZ’s economy

Give investment opportunities to investors looking at early stage companies

Create excitement and momentum in the startup entrepreneurial space for the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem

Drive economic growth in NZ by supporting innovative technologies and companies

The structure
Month One

Mentors, business model validation and customer development

Month Two

Product build, traction and revenue

Month Three

Pitch, investment readiness, Demo Day

Post accelerator

Close investment, prepare for growth