Lightning Lab was formed by Creative HQ who also ran the first two programmes in Wellington in 2013 and 2014. In 2015 the programme was expanded to Auckland and Christchurch and the first manufacturing programme was run in Wellington, supported by Hutt City.
Lightning Lab Christchurch had 10 high-tech startups come into the lab. The startups were across a variety of industries including property, health, hospitality and business services and consisted of 28 individuals with invaluable assistance from 5 lab techs.
The programme received the support of more than 80 mentors over the 12 week duration, who worked alongside the teams providing feedback and guidance to startups to help them grow faster. Mentors from 2015 included Ben Kepes, Gary Jensen, Dorenda Britten and Jason Sharp.
During the programme we invited a number of world class speakers to come into the lab and share their story with our cohort. Dave Moskovitz and Heath Milligan were among the 17 speakers providing more than 30 hours of speaker sessions.
12 weeks of hard work led to the Lightning Lab Christchurch 2015 Demo Day, held at the Jack Mann Auditorium at the University of Canterbury. Over 200 people attended in person and more than 50 simultaneous live stream connections. Several Angel groups even held livestream events, bringing together a group of people to watch the livestream at one location. All 10 Lightning Lab Christchurch companies received initial investment interest on the day.
– Adrien, Bamtino
– Tim, Address.Cool
Bamtino is a marketplace for custom home and office furniture. We‘re shaking up one of the world‘s oldest industries by connecting clients directly to furniture manufacturers without the retail middlemen.
MightyGem is an online feedback and promotions platform for hospitality businesses, helping to manage operational performance and protect online reputations. In just a couple of minutes, businesses can sign up, create their own feedback channel, and start to collect valuable customer insights in real-time.
Address.Cool When moving house it is time consuming to update address details across all organisations, making it increasingly difficult to keep track of their customers. Address.cool is an online service that allows users to update their address across multiple organisations in one go.
PocketPhysio is a web-based exercise prescription tool for physiotherapists to create and share video exercise programs with their patients. It saves physios precious time and allows patients to know exactly what they need to do to recover. No more paper handouts and hastily drawn stick figures!
MTech Games uses virtual reality (VR) to improve lives of people with disabilities. A VR wheelchair trainer developed for Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL) was commercialized by establishing partnerships with Callaghan Innovation, Human Engineering Research Laboratories and wheelchair industry leaders.
SuchCrowd enables you to test your event idea by getting validation from the crowd. Event planners post tentative events that are not confirmed until a minimum number of tickets are sold. We are de-risking event management for event planners.
Conduce provides elegant software that helps manufacturers to set up machines quicker. Conduce collates all of the files, photos and data needed to setup machines so that everyone is on the same page. Feedback from the shop floor is easy because staff can take photos and add notes right there while doing the work.
Pensolve Structural engineers are required to peer review the design and calculations of every element within a building’s design. Currently, peer review is inefficient and involves duplication of work. Pensolve efficiently reviews the calculations behind a structure’s design while retaining the integrity of the process.
PropertyPlot is an online platform that provides property investors with analysis and management insights into the current and future financial performance of their investments. PropertyPlot is your online property mentor accelerating you into becoming a more successful property investor.
Debtor Daddy automates receivables management for small businesses globally making it easier and more effective by applying psychological, cognitive and emotional factors to gain payments faster from customers. On average Debtor Daddy achieves a 43% reduction in receivables within the first 30 days of use.