KFAP 2.0 TOP THREE - Lightning Lab
Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator 2018 team


The KFA is officially over and we couldn’t be more proud of all the programme s and what they have achieved over the past 3 months. There were so many awesome speakers and events sprinkled throughout the programme that choosing a top three was no easy task.


The ventures were welcomed to their new home here at Creative HQ. They were all introduced to one another, were told a quick outline of what lies ahead, and had the chance to meet the extensive support network that the programme provides. We also welcomed our first round of awesome speakers including Serge Van Dam, Nick Churchouse, and Glenn Andert. Finally, the teams had their initial meeting with Julie Treanor, an amazing coach who specialises in designing human-centred relationships. The teams would continue to meet with Julie fortnightly to help work as a team and push their creative talents to the limit. Bootcamp was a great start to the programme and gave everyone the chance to get a glimpse of each venture’s visions.

Stakeholder Celebration

Our stakeholder event was a night to remember! All the amazing organisations who put their money and names on the line to help our teams succeed got an update directly from the ventures. The nine startups pitched in front of all of our stakeholders then shared stories of their accelerator journey so far, including all the victories and challenges along the way. It was awesome to see how excited everyone was with the progress each venture had made over the course of the first two months. The KFA support team felt the same way, as our Programme Manager, James stated: “we get the ‘proud-programme-parent’ feelings hearing about all the hard work and progress the teams have made over the past two months.”


Our pitches last night at demo day were all unbelievable. A big shoutout to everyone who pitched and all those who attended the past few weeks of pitch practice to help the ventures craft their masterpieces. To stand and speak in front of over 500 guests is no easy task and we at the KFA can’t overstate how proud we are of each team and how far they have come. The past few weeks have been dedicated to perfecting the art of pitching and this brought the cohort even closer together. Everyone has  been able to learn a lot about their own pitching ability by watching others and providing feedback. This again reinforces how close this programme has grown as a community, with teams acting as a soundboard for one another, helping each other improve.


These are just the top three! Can’t wait to hear what else our teams get up to? Sign up to the newsletter here to get updates straight in your inbox.

Leave a Reply