“The future is here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson.
The first-ever Lightning Lab Manufacturing has kicked off! Seven new ventures with prototypes are now in the programme, putting their mark on our workspace in Lower Hutt and quickly building momentum.
The first few weeks were packed with informative sessions and events. Highlights included:
A Wealth of Knowledge
Laura Reitel (Creative HQ), Geoff Harrison (researcher), Glenn Andert (Creative HQ), Jesse Keith (Callaghan Innovation) and Grant Lumsden (Grow Wellington) shared their insights about business and manufacturing with the group.
Meet the Manufacturers
Mark Wilson (Myriad Engineering), David Percy (Pertronic Industries) and Peter Wilcock (Exactus) were just a few of the local manufacturers who shared their knowledge with the startups.
Storytellers & Inspiration
This week also included Q&A sessions with local entrepreneurs Nick Clark and Trev Bradley (Flight Coffee), as well as brand strategy basics with Matt Innes and Fraser Callaway (Refold & Strategy Design).
What People Are Saying
With a nice mention in the NZ Tech Podcast (courtesy Ben Bodley of Teknique), an article in the Dominion Post, a feature in Stuff and more, our cohort continues to make waves and gain attention.
This Week’s Sponsor Profile
Creative HQ, Wellington’s startup base, is Lightning Lab Manufacturing’s delivery partner and core supporter. Founded in 2003, Creative HQ’s mission is to increase the number of high growth businesses that fuel New Zealand’s economy. In the past year alone, Creative HQ has supported more than 300 entrepreneurs from 26 startups across incubation and acceleration programmes.
Thanks Thanks Thanks
A heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors, partners and supporters who make this accelerator possible. A special thanks goes to NZ Product Accelerator for connecting each of our ventures to industry experts from across New Zealand.
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