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
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.
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.
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.
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 Southwark Street
Loft - tech entrepreneurs and businesses nestled in the heart of the innovation precinct