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Find out what’s happening right now in New Zealand’s business and innovation ecosystem. Learn about upcoming events, new corporate challenges, funding rounds, applications for incubators and accelerators, Scale-Up NZ updates, and industry news.

Business is Boring: Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck on joining the space club
Business is Boring: Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck on joining the space club

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Business is Boring: Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck on joining the space club

Business is Boring: Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck on joining the space club

Stories of Innovation

Ten years ago, if you said New Zealand would soon be one of the handful of countries in the space club, regularly sending satellites to space and famous for its space industry, you’d probably have been laughed out of the room. But that’s exactly what has happened, and it’s quite amazing.

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Queenstown council seeking another 15 Rod Drury-types to help diversity economy
Queenstown council seeking another 15 Rod Drury-types to help diversity economy

Upcoming Opportunities

Queenstown council seeking another 15 Rod Drury-types to help diversity economy

Queenstown council seeking another 15 Rod Drury-types to help diversity economy

Stories of Innovation

There is a new campaign to attract business leaders, employers and talent to the Queenstown Lakes District to help diversify the region’s tourism-based economy. Queenstown Lakes District Council economic development adviser Sharon Fifield​ said the focus of the $75,000 pilot project was to encourage up to 15 “team builders” to move to the district.

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$1m pitch competition targets budding entrepreneurs under 30
$1m pitch competition targets budding entrepreneurs under 30

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$1m pitch competition targets budding entrepreneurs under 30

$1m pitch competition targets budding entrepreneurs under 30

Awards & Prizes
Open Funding Rounds
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Industry Events

Have you got a good idea for a business, but no funding? A pitch competition opens today aimed at budding entrepreneurs under 30. The First Cut Startup Challenge, backed by Icehouse Ventures' $5 million First Cut fund, is looking for at least 10 finalists, who will appear at its Icehouse Ventures Showcase Event at Spark Arena on August 26.

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Fonterra working on latest innovations at research centre
Fonterra working on latest innovations at research centre

Industry News

Fonterra working on latest innovations at research centre

Fonterra working on latest innovations at research centre

Stories of Innovation

Behind the closed doors at Fonterra’s Palmerston North research and development centre the latest in cutting edge food and sustainability projects are being worked on. Producing new food items to sell overseas, producing environmentally-friendly packaging or ways of reducing carbon emissions are all areas where people are working.

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Westpac announces $375k over three years to solve NZ Inc issues through GovTech
Westpac announces $375k over three years to solve NZ Inc issues through GovTech

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Westpac announces $375k over three years to solve NZ Inc issues through GovTech

Westpac announces $375k over three years to solve NZ Inc issues through GovTech

Industry Events
Stories of Innovation

Westpac will pour $375,000 into an accelerator to help Government departments devise innovative technology-based solutions to problems. Creative HQ sales manager ​Chris O’Neill said the GovTech startup accelerator was unique globally because it did not focus on public-private collaboration to create solutions, and instead up-skilled government employees to solve problems.

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Theresa Gattung donates $2.5m to launch centre for women entrepreneurs
Theresa Gattung donates $2.5m to launch centre for women entrepreneurs

Industry News

Theresa Gattung donates $2.5m to launch centre for women entrepreneurs

Theresa Gattung donates $2.5m to launch centre for women entrepreneurs

Industry Events
Stories of Innovation

Entrepreneur, businesswoman and feminist Theresa Gattung is putting her money where her mouth is by funding a $2.5 million university-based centre to foster women in entrepreneurship. Apart from the academic side, Gattung wants the centre to teach much-needed practical skills.

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