Kiwi FinTech Accelerator

What is it?

Shaking up the financial services industry

The Kiwi FinTech Accelerator is a three-month acceleration programme for companies ready to grow.

In its third year, the programme has already helped contribute to fintech success stories such as Sharesies, Jrny, Choice and Hnry.

Running in Auckland, Wellington and Southland, 20 teams from around the globe will work with mentors, industry experts and regulators to problem solve, build networks and develop strategies for growth.

The accelerator is delivered by Creative HQ’s Lightning Lab alongside strategic partners Kiwibank and Xero with support from core partners Centrality, SBS Bank and Kiwi Wealth, partners Centrix and Visa and supporters EY and Simmonds Stewart.

This approach ultimately provides participating companies with a chance to scale through partnership opportunities.

Who takes part?

Startups, scaleups and global businesses working in all parts of the financial sector; payments, financial literacy, security, insurance, identity regulations, lending, investing and asset management. Often using technologies such as Blockchain, AI, machine learning, bots and cryptocurrencies to address issues and opportunities in the sector.

The programme culminates in a demo day where companies pitch their ideas to investors, partners and stakeholders from the fintech community to secure funding and partnership opportunities.

Why get involved?

The Kiwi FinTech accelerator programme gives companies access to mentors, experts, regulators, previous accelerator participants, top companies, potential partners and regulators all in one place.

The programme provides the chance for companies to share their innovations directly with the New Zealand market, tap into the expertise of other businesses, and access the support they need to successfully validate their business.

The New Zealand market provides the ideal environment for FinTech companies to test and learn. There is just one tier of regulators who are able to work directly with participants throughout the programme.

The New Zealand market is made up of a broad demographic, including a significant proportion of early adopters, which makes the ideal testing ground for new solutions.

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Meet the Teams


We make homeownership achievable by matching first home buyers to co-own a property. By registering with Miuwi, you can stop renting and purchase your own home or investment property within just a few weeks. It’s in our name, me + you = we. Miuwi.

Miuwi is made up of Nicola Valentine, Brad Parsonson and Dale Appleby – Auckland based

Fund a future

We help kiwis amplify their positive impact by at least 133%. Fund a Future automatically up-cycles donation refunds back to New Zealand charities or helps donors invest it in socially responsible funds.

Join us on our journey to make a difference! Register your interest at

Fund a Future is made up of Guillaume Dehan, Franco Sabadini and Sandy Isaac – Auckland and Wellington based.


Pocketful is the easiest way to pay and manage any bill. Built for individuals, couples and groups, Pocketful creates happy households by taking the pain away from payments.

Pocketful is made up of Steve Adams and Jasmine Wilkinson – Auckland based

We help retail banks understand and service customers based on their dynamic and predicted behaviours.

Future Insights is made up of Jiao Xie, Werson Wong and Ian Wong – Auckland based


BankEngine is an API platform that lets you access all of New Zealand’s banks through a unified API.

BankEngine is made up of Elliott Darling and William Seager – Auckland based


Loop.local’s goal is to provide a social and logistics software platform and a toolkit allowing communities to create a self-managed economy to relocalise some of their essential goods and services. This will reconnect and rejuvenate isolated rural communities and reduce their dependence of international imported goods.

Loop.local is made up of Robyn Guyton, Geoff Dembo and Martin Catterall – Invercargill based

First AML

First AML is a platform for streamlining customer due diligence and identity verification. Our technology makes the experience quick and easy for end-users and AML Reporting Entities.

First AML is made up of Milan Cooper, Chris Caigou and Bion Behdin – Auckland based

Stream RLP

Stream offers a digital platform that leverages A.I. and Machine Learning to enable lenders to provide an end-to-end, responsible lending experience to their customers.

Stream RLP is made up of Sheenu Chawla and Sulabh Sharma – Wellington based

MyCap Markets

MyCap Markets wants to help New Zealanders invest in growing New Zealand businesses.  The platform will be a “Trade Me for investors” that simplifies the process of investing in small and medium-sized businesses and allows investors to trade those investments.

MyCap Markets is made up of Colin Magee and Adam Berry – Wellington based

Cove Insurance

Cove provides personal insurance to New Zealanders. Cove strives to make insurance simple & digital for its customers.

Cove Insurance is made up of Andy Coon, Brett Wilson and Rob Coon – Auckland based


KYCNZ is an industry-led group working on digital identity solutions for streamlining the customer due diligence and identity verification process.


Outward is an online trade management and escrow platform providing the SME global trade community with an alternative to a Letter of Credit to manage counterparty payment and delivery risk.

An international payment solution that protects. Giving control back to importers and exporters

Outward is made up of Troy Mackie and Erin Walshe.


Helping businesses grow with simple financial benchmarking.


Digital lending.

Maverick is made up of David Woods.

Notable Alumni



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