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Support for Businesses and Students

Ōtautahi Christchurch has a vast array of business meetups to help you get connected. 

Groups and Networks for Business

Meet-ups - Christchurch hosts a variety of business, startup, tech, and social meetups  

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce - training, meet ups, business support

Skills Connect Canterbury – assistance for job-seeking migrants to make connections with employers in the region

Ministry of Awesome - networking events, training, and meet-ups

ChristchurchNZ Business Network - a business network group on Linkedin to discuss growth and transform the economy in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Startup Christchurch - A community of early stage Christchurch startups and organisers of events such as Startup Weekend Christchurch, the Christchurch Startup Meetup, and other startup-focused activities.

Canterbury Young Professionals - networking events

Canterbury Angels – investors network, training, events and pitch nights. 

Screen Canterbury – contacts with local networks and events 

UoC Centre for Entrepreneurship - Runs events, connects students with business mentors and offers internships in businesses. Contact Rachel Wright.

Entre - Student-run company inspiring students to excel in the business world. Offers mentoring events and business connections.

Momentum – student-led investment committees that focus on start-up ventures, particularly those originating from tertiary student and staff owned intellectual property and technologies.

Tech

Canterbury Tech – monthly events, annual summit, connecting industry and students.  Free membership for students. 

Christchurch Women in Tech Meetup – for women working and studying tech 

Christchurch Game Developers Meetup - regular meetups and hackathons 

Christchurch Tech Meetup Groups - meet up groups in and near Christchurch

Aerospace and Future Transport

Christchurch Aerospace Centre – regular meetups. Sign up to their mailing list, Meetup group, and LinkedIn group 

UC Aerospace Club – University of Canterbury student-led club, rocket design and launching competitions, industry speakers  

Christchurch Rocketeers - a group of Cantabrians who launch, or want to learn how to launch, low-power model rockets, and eventually high power rocketry. Supporting Aerospace and STEM in the community.   

Food, Fibre and Agritech

b.linc -Helps facilitate and grow an exponential innovation ecosystem in agriculture, food and technology. They offer connections, advice, events and co-working based at Lincoln University, Canterbury. 

Agritech New Zealand – A membership organisation that connects innovators, investors, regulators, researchers and interested public, and has Canterbury representatives.  

FoodSouth – FoodSouth, part of the Food Innovation Network, is focused on business development for food and beverage companies. 

StudioZQ - Studio ZQ can help develop your wool idea, product, or customer experiences into a viable, desirable, scalable solution.  Studio ZQ offers a number of flexible collaboration spaces that are built to support teamwork, ideation, and events.  

Health Tech

Canterbury Health Innovation - a non-profit organisation helping Canterbury’s health community to succeed at home and worldwide. Regular meetups – sign up to their mailing list. 

VIA Innovations – Canterbury District Health Board initiative to connect Ideas to Industry, Innovators to Investors, Health to Enterprise 

NZ Health IT – membership organisation representing New Zealand digital health industry sector. Regular Christchurch events. 

Co-working Options

Argo - Shared office space by New Brighton beach, close to great cafes and bars

Biz Dojo - freelancers and growth businesses based in central Christchurch, on Ash St

C-Lab- shared office space overlooking the BOXed quarter

EPIC Lounge - based in the Epic Innovation precinct, tenants in enterprise e-commerce, gaming and next generation web development.

Ministry of Awesome - the starting point for entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators in Christchurch, based on Moorhouse Ave 

The Collect- vibrant and diverse creative community based on Manchester St

Webtools Loft - tech entrepreneurs and businesses nestled in the heart of the innovation precinct

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