Check out opportunities such as startup weekends and courses.



Startup weekend Dunedin

Startup Weekends are 54-hour long events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, build products and launch startups! Startup Weekend Dunedin 2015 was held on 27-29 March, and in 2016, it was held 15-17 April at the Hub, Otago Polytechnic with Dave Moskovitz and Geoff Brash presenting.  In 2017, Geoff Brash came back helping Casey Davies-Bell run the Startup week-end that was held 31/3 - 2/4 at The Hub, Otago Polytechnic.

Otago Farmers Market

Otago Farmer's Market
Saturday 8am – 12:30pm
Dunedin Railway Station – off Anzac Ave

OUSA market

OUSA market
Once a month
Union Courtyard, University of Otago

He Kakano

He Kakano is a Summer School level 3 Management Paper, that uses an indigenous business model canvas developed by Otago University staff and students as its foundation.  It uses Māori business case studies, and is delivered with kaupapa Māori principles and values.  Many of the staff and guest lecturers are Māori or involved in indigenous business.  It is a theory and experiential class which aims to assist students to develop ideas and theory around understanding Māori business and economic development in Aotearoa NZ.  (Not on offer Summer 2018.  Contact the Otago School of Business for information).


CO.STARTERS is a 9-week program that helps aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs examine assumptions and turn business ideas into action. Check out the Startup Space website for updates on the Dunedin programme.

Dunedin Fashion Incubator (Dfi)

Dfi is designed to support the next generation of designers in New Zealand. Dfi provides a creative professional environment to foster promising fashion talent, and help selected designers grow and sustain their business.


The Distiller (Auckland, Dunedin)

The Distiller helps tech start-ups achieve growth through collaboration, sharing, and support from the community.

Start-up WeekendS (nationwide)

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events all over the country where developers,designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Lightning Lab (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch)

The Lightning Lab business accelerator is a partnership between a founding group of professional investors, the Science and Innovation arm of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Creative HQ.

Enspiral Dev Academy (Wellington)

Enspiral Dev Academy is an intensive, hands-on, full time course in software development. From day one, you’ll dig in and start coding. It’s the best way to learn. Over the course of the nine week boot camp you’ll get the skills to be a confident, employable developer.

Startup Community (Wellington)

Wellington's startup community has valuable relationships with business leaders, investors, mentors, partners and government making it ideal for networking.

Creative HQ(Wellington)

 Creative HQ, Wellington's startup base, we help people unleash their inner entrepreneur whether they are a startup, corporate business or government agency. 

VicLink (Wellington).

 VicLink (Victoria University's commercialisation office)  run a twelve week bootcamp that provides students with entrepreneurial experience and apply the lean startup methodology to validate a viable business idea through to execution.

Venture Up (Wellington).

Venture Up is a new startup business accelerator programme for Young EntrepriseScheme graduates and alumni aged 16-21 years old. The programme is based on New Zealands's leading accelerator programme: Lightning Lab.

R9Accelerator (Wellington).

Creative HQ has partnered up with New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on a new government accelerator – one of the first in the world. Bringing together entrepreneurs, developers, private sector specialists and government to work on projects that solve major pain points for New Zealand businesses and reduce their costs of interacting with government. Click here to visit their website.


Ycombinator (San Francisco)

Twice a year, Y Combinator invests a small amount of money in a large number of startups. The startups move to Silicon Valley in the USA for 3 months, during which they work intensively to get into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors.

Kea New Zealand

Kea helps the 1 million Kiwis living offshore connect with home and with one another, enabling them to share and leverage global experience, knowledge and opportunities.

Kiwi Landing Pad (San Francisco)

Supported by prominent New Zealand technology investors as well as the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Kiwi Landing Pad was established in 2011 to help selected high growth New Zealand technology companies establish and grow their business in the USA.