What we look for

We’re looking for stellar teams with great ideas in interesting markets

As an accelerator operating across multiple verticals, Lightning Lab is suited to many different kinds of businesses.

We appreciate originality. If you don’t quite fit the mould but know you’ve got something exciting, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

To move quickly, you need a team. Three founders with complementary skills are ideal, a team of two is our minimum requirement for acceptance into the programme.  But again, if it’s only you and you have a great idea, talk to us. We will never turn a great idea away.

A big learning has been about how willing people are to help out, and also how important those networks are.


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You might be…

A recent graduate

  • A couple of bright sparks straight out of university with a cracking idea
  • You have all of the drive and determination to see if this idea has wings

A new entrepreneur

  • With a business that is up and running
  • You know it has huge potential but you’re struggling to give this baby the limelight it needs and deserves

Looking for a change

  • You’re in a corporate job with commitments.
  • You’ve got an idea but it’s hard to get the time and space to pursue it

Lightning Lab provides the structure and guidance to develop the idea into a business.

Lightning Lab connects you with the investors and mentors you need to take it forward.

Lightning Lab seed funding helps free you up to give it a go.

What you get

Unparalleled access

Our experienced entrepreneurs and executives will help you shape and mould your startup into an investable company in just 12 weeks’ time.

Direct exposure

NZ’s leading investors are engaged throughout the programme and at Demo Day.

Seed funding

We provide seed funding to help you focus on your opportunity.
Exact investments vary with each programme.

Technical and business talent

The best in NZ to bolster your capability. And we’ll pick up the tab.

Massive publicity

Exposure that will get you in front of the customers and partners you need.

A global network

Exclusive access to 55 accelerators around the world with their own set of mentors and investors (as part of the GAN membership).

What you give

Your complete commitment

You need to be willing and able to work exclusively on your business, relocate and be based out of the Lightning Lab space for the entire 12-week programme.