Venture Southland has partnered with CreativeHQ to pilot a national-first Business Accelerator Programme in Southland,a satellite for the national programme which is based in Wellington.

The programme works with start-ups and entrepreneurs, giving them the tools and resources they need to succeed in Southland’s business climate. 

Programme participants will develop innovative ideas through a series of weekly or bi-weekly sessions, over the course of a three month period. In these sessions agile methods are applied to build a lean canvas business model that helps establish a winning pitch for potential investors. 

Venture Southland will work closely with Creative HQ, who is funded by Callaghan Innovation, to ensure a business innovation platform tailored for Southland businesses is established.

Social Enterprises Pilot

Venture Southland is also piloting social enterprises in the Business Accelerator programme.

Social enterprises differ to other businesses in the programme in that they are seeking societal impact as opposed to pure commercial gain.

The pilot will enable a structured accelerator programme to be established for social enterprises and will be an important contribution to innovation in New Zealand.

Read more about the social enterprise pilot here

Innovation Ecosystem 

Participation in the Business Accelerator Programme is one thing but what really encourages innovation is a vibrant and active ecosystem. 

To help people learn from each other and work together Venture Southland is putting together a programme of innovation events. The programme will encourage local innovators and entrepreneurs to meet up, exchange ideas and hear inspiring advice from invited speakers. 

More information on the events calendar for the Business Accelerator Programme can be found here

If you have an idea for a business startup, new product or spinoff from an existing business then fill out this form so that Venture Southland can help. 

Further information on the programme and associated events can be found by contacting