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, stand by for 2016 dates.

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 four-week full-time course for final year Maori students who are creative and entrepreneurially minded, keen to be in a start-up team, and interested in learning about business.


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.


SEED is a four-week full-time course for final year students who are creative and entrepreneurially minded, keen to be in a start-up team, and interested in learning about business. 


The Distiller (Auckland)

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.

The Launchpad (Wellington)

The Launchpad is Akina’s programme to get New Zealand’s best social enterprise ideas off the ground.  With six months of intensive support and coaching, we will turn 10 inspired social enterprise ideas into thriving, self-sustaining businesses.

Lifehack Labs (Wellington)

Lifehack Labs are 5 week design-led social innovation bootcamps to kickstart impact projects for youth wellbeing. Much like technical and scientific labs to solve the greatest technical and scientific challenges of our time, there is the need for social labs to tackle the complex challenges we face to improve our society.

Codesmashers (Wellington)

Over the course of a weekend, Codesmashers will teach you how to lay out your web pages with HTML and show you how to style them using CSS. They will also use the Bootstrap framework to build responsive websites that look beautiful on mobile devices.


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.