Kiwi FinTech Accelerator

What is it?

Working to make life better for Kiwis

After the success of the inaugural programme in 2017 and its second cohort in 2018, the Kiwi FinTech Accelerator is set to return in 2019.

The three-month business growth programme is powered by New Zealand’s premier startup accelerator brand, Lightning Lab. Our programme helps founders grow their companies on a global scale and bring the best new financial products and services to Kiwis and Kiwi businesses.

Why fintech?

The Kiwi FinTech ecosystem

The Kiwi FinTech Accelerator brings the top experts, regulators, corporates and innovators of the New Zealand financial system to one place to help you validate your business.

New Zealand was ranked 1st in the world for Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank’s 2018 Report. New Zealand is also ranked 1st in Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 as the least corrupt country in the world.

Here in New Zealand, we have one tier of regulators – and we work directly with them. This makes New Zealand a great testing ground before launching into larger markets. Kiwis are made up of a broad demographic and are used to being early adopters of new solutions. Many of the world’s largest and most innovative companies test here first.

The Kiwi FinTech Accelerator has strong relationships with our sponsors, sector experts and the Financial Markets Authority, as well as the wider Lightning Lab network which includes a high concentration of web-based and digital technology companies.

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What ventures need to make a difference?

We’re interested in companies that can help bring everyone into the financial system, and gain the benefits and we’re looking for people who have viable business models.

A successful applicant to the Kiwi FinTech Accelerator might be a startup venture or scale up business working in areas like; payments, financial literacy, security, insurance, identity regulations, lending, investing, or asset management. They may be using technologies such as; Blockchain, AI, machine learning, bots and cryptocurrencies to bring their solution to life.

If you still have questions, get in touch with us.

Key Dates


Applications Open


Market Validation Course

24 MAY

Applications Close

30 MAY

Selection Day


Programme Starts


Demo Day

Notable Alumni



Startegic Partners
Core Partners

Are you interested in supporting the Kiwi FinTech Accelerator? Let’s chat.