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Sustainability
AWS launches space and sustainability accelerator programs
Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of two global accelerator programs to help startups address challenges in healthcare, space, and sustainability.
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Innovation
Genesys recognises leaders in customer experience with latest awards
The Genesys Awards celebrates eight companies from around the world for driving significant improvements in business results and delivering 'remarkable' customer experiences.
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Digital Transformation
COVID-19: the greatest digital accelerator of the decade, Twilio finds
COVID-19 and related nationwide lockdowns have resulted in businesses accelerating their digital transformation strategy and efforts by at least six years.
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Startup
Registration for Sprout Accelerator open; $500,000 up for grabs
Eight New Zealand start-ups will be selected to join the six-month accelerator, which provides business coaching, mentoring, network access and courses.
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Small Business / SMB
Singapore Tourism Board calling Kiwis to join new pilot programme
The Singapore Tourism Board is calling for local and international companies to join the Singapore Tourism Accelerator.
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Creative HQ
Venture Up accelerator kicks off this month
New Zealand’s aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs are about to put their best feet forward for the launch of the Venture Up 2019 youth accelerator this month.
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Massey University
ecentre's Sprint Global 2019 accelerator primed for action
“Entrepreneurship is in our core in New Zealand, so we need to focus on what we’re good at – innovative products."
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Accelerator
MRHQ launches 'NZ-first' tech career accelerator
"New Zealand has seen little change in education and training to close the talent gap," says mission director Diana Sharma.
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Lightning Lab
Lightning Lab accelerator delves into tourism
“It’s great to see the tourism sector taking a proactive and collaborative approach to innovation."
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Entrepreneur
Venture Up accelerator for young entepreneurs coming to Queenstown
The mountainous backdrop of Queenstown is set to become the location of Creative HQ’s newest 2019 Venture Up accelerator for young entrepreneurs.
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Accelerator
Qatar SportsTech accelerator opens doors for international startups
The three-month-long SportsTech Accelerator program is looking for ten SportsTech startups that are interested in developing new technology solutions.
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Blockchain
CreativeHQ & Centrality launch blockchain accelerator programme
Using Creative HQ’s Lightning Lab, the Centrality Accelerator will support ventures to become business-ready and trained for success.
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Accelerator
ZeroPoint Ventures helps startups make a 0.Sprint to business progress
​ZeroPoint Ventures has officially wrapped up its 0.Sprint mini-accelerator programme, which is designed to boost business progress in a single week.
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Accelerator
Vodafone xone rallies Class of 2018 for launch
Vodafone has announced its upcoming Vodafone xone class of 2018, as it gets set to take nine of New Zealand’s best tech-based startups global.
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Accelerator
Rotorua's Firestation seeks 10 businesses for growth challenge
Firestation is located in Rotorua’s central business district and will run its ACCELERATE business training programme next month.
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Te Papa
Entries open for third cohort of Te Papa’s culture-tech accelerator
Now in its third year, Mahuki has a strong reputation for developing leading digital businesses for the culture and heritage sector.
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Fintech
Moment of truth for fintech accelerator participants
“The startups this year are a step up again from the ventures involved in the inaugural accelerator."
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Startup
New one-week accelerator aims to derisk ventures faster
"This format allows a real venture to test quickly whether what they’re thinking of doing is the right direction, and if not, pivot much faster."
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Women in Technology
Kiwi company chosen for women-only Aus tech accelerator
RIP Global is a cloud-based expense reporting and bookkeeping solution.
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Startup
Vodafone xone accelerator calling for AI and IoT innovators
Eight startups will receive a total package valued at more than $150,000 including seed-funding and access to world-class technology.
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Accelerator
Ground-breaking Maori accelerator Kokiri begins in Hamilton
Kōkiri recognises that Māori have strong links to place, which may have been a barrier to participation in mainstream accelerators.
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Microsoft
Victory to NSW as new Microsoft accelerator programme announced in Sydney
Last July, the NSW Government committed $35 million to create a leading startup and innovation hub.
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Fintech
Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator announces participants of latest cohort
Companies are using blockchain to manage payments, creating chatbots, helping freelancers fulfil their tax obligations, and much more.
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MYOB
SheStarts alumni discuss wins and challenges post-accelerator
“One of the benefits of being in an accelerator program is that even once you finish the formal process, you’re not evicted.”