Lightning Lab Digital Christchurch had 10 high-tech startups come through the accelerator programme. The startups ranged 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. All 10 Lightning Lab Christchurch companies received initial investment interest on the day.