Lightning Lab Electric

Spark it up
Sparking innovation for the future of the NZ electric industry.

New Zealand’s first energy-focused programme, Lightning Lab Electric, ran in Wellington from June to September 2017. Lightning Lab Electric and Creative HQ worked with participating ventures focusing on the future of the NZ electric industry.

The cohort was made up of 4 teams, 10 individuals, and a multi-national programme team. The programme received support from over 50 advisory and expert mentors, including industry stakeholders like Genesis, GE and Unison.

All four companies are continuing on their journey working with, and within, the industry to develop partnerships, close sales and continuing to grow and scale.

Very effective – especially towards the end of the programme when each of the mentors provided very skilled and targeted feedback with each of us, one on one.

Jamie Silk, emhTrade

Lightning Lab Electric is the vehicle for innovation within the relatively staid energy sector. We have been working with the companies in NZ who are passionate about seeing innovation take hold in the sector – Westpac, Genesis Energy, GE and Unison – to put together a great programme to catalyse innovation.

James Swope, Programme Manager


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