This week’s application tip is the most important one: The Team.

We put a heavy emphasis on team. In fact, we like to say that we look for 5 things in our application:

  1. Team
  2. Team
  3. Team
  4. Market
  5. Idea


Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator 2017 application tips the team


Or in other words – we are known for backing the jockey, and not the horse. So, spend some time crafting an AMAZING team section. We’re looking for signs that you’re passionate about the problem you’re solving for your customers, that you and your co-founders are resilient and capable of weathering storms together, and your team can execute on the idea you’re proposing. We also want to see your roles – who will be doing what and where potential holes are.

Here’s a checklist to highlight your awesome self:

  • Your full name, role in the company and links to LinkedIn/Twitter/Github/attach a CV.
  • Highlight why you’re working on this company. What was the inspiration?
  • How did you meet your co-founders?
  • Highlight any of your accomplishments in the past. Successfully sold a business? Say so! Won the entrepreneurship competition at University? Awesome, tell us about it! Experienced a big failure? Great, tell us what you learned from it. Started your first business (soda stand) when you were 6? Cool! List all this in your application as this will help us get a sense of who you are and what you’re capable of doing.

You might also ask: “What if I’m a single founder?”
Single founders are a very rare breed in accelerator programmes as the journey for single founders can be really tough. The programme moves 88mph and is often too much for even 2 people to manage, much less as an individual. We highly recommend you try and find a co-founder. More tips on the subject here.

Also – use the team video! Keep it short (less than 2 minutes is ideal!), and make sure to show us some personality. Be creative, the sky is the limit!


Keen to join our community? Find out about the upcoming programmes and other events here.

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