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Start A Business in Christchurch

Is your idea the next big thing? Whether you're coming from overseas or already here, Christchurch's innovation ecosystem has all the people and support you need to make your business a thriving reality.

With world-leading researchers, universities, and high-tech enablers ready to help, this is the perfect place to explore and launch ideas with local and global impact potential.

Let's do this. 

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Christchurch is the Perfect Place to Start a Business

Focused Support

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Business Mentors

A business mentor can share skills, offer a sounding-board, and provide the support you need to succeed.

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Regional Partner Program

Growth Advice

Get help to identify your business’s unique management needs and, potentially, co-funding to help address those needs.

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Start-Up & Innovation Ecosystem

Christchurch is a city of epic creativity. Our start-up and innovation eco-system helps businesses start, grow and thrive. 

Take Your Business Idea to the Next Level
  • Christchurch has changed so much over the last five years, it's awesome. It’s the ideal spot for us to base ourselves. It’s an easy city to get around and to connect with clients all over Aotearoa. There’s an awesome network of creative organisations here to bounce ideas around with.
    Vincent Egan, Māui Studios
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Ready to Scale?

You’ve proven the idea and you’re ready to stretch. Whether you're a successful start up, a more established SME, or looking to expand and relocate, Christchurch has all the resources and support you need to take the next leap.

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Success Stories

See how our local businesses have thrived in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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Hear from one of our specialists about moving you or your business to Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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