Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Startup council kickstarts national engagement

The Startup Advisors Council is undertaking a series of nationwide stakeholder consultations with members of New Zealand’s start-up ecosystem.

The purpose of the engagements is to assist the Council to identify the areas of greatest need to accelerate the growth and maturation of the ecosystem, unlock the potential of innovative NZ companies, enable more start-ups to be created and scaled up, lift productivity and wages and support the government’s economic development objectives.

The Startup Advisors Council was established to support greater alignment of government interventions to develop New Zealand’s startup ecosystem, enabling more targeted policies to address areas of greatest need.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) provides the Secretariat role to the Startup Council. Its role is to facilitate the Council to enable more startups to be created and scaled up, and accelerate the growth and maturation of the ecosystem to unlock the potential of innovative New Zealand companies.

The Council is seeking to identify and address the opportunities and challenges facing high growth startups and unlock solutions. As part of this, it is undertaking a series of engagements across New Zealand to hear directly from the startup ecosystem.
The dates and locations for engagement are:

1 September 2022Auckland
5 September 2022Tauranga
12 September 2022 (TBC)Hamilton
13 September 2022Wellington
15 September 2022 (TBC)Christchurch
21 September 2022 (TBC)Dunedin
22 September 2022 (TBC)Queenstown
10 OctoberAuckland

Get involved

The Council is interested in hearing from a diverse range of perspectives in the early-stage ecosystem, including:

  • founders
  • incubators
  • angel investors
  • venture capital funds
  • investor migrants
  • iwi Maori
  • Pasifika communities

If you’re interested in participating in the upcoming sessions, email at:

Alternatively, if you are unable to make it to any of the upcoming session or are located outside of the proposed locations, please feel free to also directly email the Ministry with your thoughts and suggestions on how New Zealand’s early-stage ecosystem can be enhanced.

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