New Zealand Startup Ecosystem Map

Here's a range of NZ support currently on offer to new entrepreneurs and growing startups

Last updated 09/08/18

We hope you find what you're looking for in our New Zealand Startup Ecosystem list of resources covering these three areas

1. The Idea Stage

A whole heap of links to find inspiration & education in the form of media, events, networking, training, team formation and help building the first product

2. The Launch Stage

A list of help to find services to help you launch or in your early stages of starting out, including legal, accounting, co-working spaces, support, connections, creative services, human resources, development/design and marketing as well as recommendations when it comes to seed funding, acceleration and incubation.

3. The Growth Stage

Help for when you're looking for recognition, with suggestions on investor networking, major media, funding with Angels / VCs, funding platforms, expansion consultants and government support.

1. The Idea Stage

Where new entrepreneurs go to get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

Inspiration & Education

Higher-cost inspirational events and conferences

Open, inclusive startup and tech events designed to inspire and share knowledge.

Paid networking

Team & Idea

Team Formation

Resources for teaming up (resources that directly facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching).

Building the first product

Hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources.

2. The Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalise the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

Starting out

Cost-effective legal and professional services.



Co-working resources


Local support

Free support for Startups.

  • Microsoft BizSpark - gives promising Kiwi startups free Microsoft software, tools and to up to USD $750 p/month of Azure.

Global connections

Organisations connecting NZ with the world, and the world with NZ.

Formal paid services - for early stage New Zealand startups

Development / design - software

Development / design - hardware / product

Marketing / PR - free resources (created by NZ companies)

Marketing / PR - services

Prepare for seed

Advanced mentorship providers (personalised knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources for startup teams)

Seed-funding acceleration programme providers


Incubator programme providers

Social Enterprise

Pitch & demo

Open showcases of local startups for investment.

3. The Growth Stage

Find recognition and funding.


Investor networking

Connect professional investors with founders, i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors.


Funding platforms


Growth consultants (programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale).

Government support





Philanthropic Funding

Last updated 09/08/18

About this list

We're building this list to provide more transparency to our community around what awesome events are happening in the New Zealand startup & tech ecosystem. Wellington's CreativeHQ also have an ecosystem map.

To get added to the list, your event needs to be well organised, startup related, and provide significant value to attendees. If you're running an event that fits this bill, please add it to our spreadsheet. To speed up the process you can tweet at us @MumsGarage (then we can follow you).

*This template has been modelled of the Founder Institute Startup Ecosystem Template - thanks @founding for the great resources and support you provide for startup communities!

And big thanks to David Bosman for helping to spur this on, and to Elyse Wyatt for putting hours of work into making sure everything was in here and making it look good!

“What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.”

- Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s

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Our Startup Series programmes teach people how to take the necessary steps to start, build and grow a business while providing one-on-one and peer support. This is our main product for helping people to develop themselves and their business fast.

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Our community membership is a low-cost option that allows people to be part of a community on an ongoing basis, and access support when it's needed.