About us

Lightning Lab is Creative HQ’s startup division.

It runs our three-month business accelerators and our startup and scaleup incubation programme.

Lightning Lab is the only New Zealand member of 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 programmes and continually improves its content based on the best practices from across the globe.

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Our programmes

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

The Lightning Lab incubation programmes range from three-to-twelve months, with opportunities for early-stage companies to identify and validate a clear market opportunity as well as for companies with existing revenue to accelerate their growth through sales, investment and global expansion.

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