If you're thinking of starting a business in New Zealand, getting connected is the best way to set yourself up for success so you can ask questions, get support and find networking opportunities.
As a city where businesses flourish, Ōtautahi Christchurch offers all of this, plus a strong economy, cheaper rents and access to talent from three world-class universities and five skills and technology campuses. This means starting up in Christchurch can open the door even wider.
Home to high-growth startups, the city’s startup eco-system is globally ranked in the top 250 cities and you can access tailor-made support that is dedicated to shaping your business and taking it past start mode.
Whatever category your business idea falls into, you can take it from go to grow in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Take Your Business Idea To The Next Level
Early Stage Start-Up?
If your business is in its early stages of development, it’s likely Te Ōhaka is where you'll find your best fit.
Ideally you'll already have a minimum viable product, fewer than five FTEs, less than $500,000 in investment, and revenue of less than $100,000. But there is wiggle room. Ideally your business would be part of a Cluster.
Te Ohaka and Ara also offer two courses on business innovation, validation and commercialisation.
HTK is a Māori organisation that specialises in working with indigenous cultures to build better futures through collaboration and support.
They work alongside businesses, corporates, hapū/iwi, institutions, not-for-profits, and startups, creating tailor-made, innovative, and dynamic solutions for businesses offering a full range of support services, capability building programmes and innovation incubators.
Past The Early Start-Up Stage?
If your business is past the early start-up stage, you will be better suited to ThincLab.
ThincLab, at the University of Canterbury, works with start-ups and scale-ups that have evidence of market validation and are operating as a business. You might be ready to export, grow, or land a first or second round of investment.
Business Mentors NZ is an independent, not-for-profit organization, committed to helping small business owners, startup entrepreneurs and not-for-profit decision makers succeed. A small registration fee provides 12 months access to a Business Mentor, available to provide support by sharing skills, knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be successful. In Canterbury we have 300 Business Mentors who gift their time to assist our business owners.
There is so much that you don’t know that you don’t know and a mentor can really point you in the right direction of what you do need to knowAlice Brown, Resuscitation Matters
The Christchurch Start-Up Ecosystem Grows Up
So, who are the key players and what is their niche within this expanding ecosystem?
Christchurch startup aims to plug auto parts data gap.
After completing the Innovation Accelerator at Ara Institute of Canterbury (Ara), Kahleea is now working towards getting Trimester Tracker into the commercial market.
Precision Chroma founder and CEO Sean Feast is looking to revolutionise the biotech industry with his 3D-printed chromatology columns.
Christchurch company stops medical devices from going to landfill, making them safe for re-use and saving healthcare dollars in the process.
Emerging ‘bioreactor’ technology could help restore New Zealand’s polluted waterways.
Accelerate your business ideas. Download the brochure to find out more.
Learn to start, validate and commercialise your business ideas with this new, 10-week, hands-on course at Ara, delivered by Te Ōhaka.
Equip yourself with the tools and skills to identify and implement transformative innovation opportunities within an organisation or industry with this 10-week short course at Ara.