Creative HQ Relaunches As Wellington’s Startup Base

CHQ Full Logo RGB 1 BlackLeading Business Incubator and Accelerator Announces New Programmes, Structure

Creative HQ, Wellington’s startup base, is relaunching the company to better reflect its core areas of expertise and serve the growing startup community. As part of the relaunch, the company is also unveiling a new visual brand identity and website.

Founded in 2003, Creative HQ’s mission is to increase the number of high growth businesses that fuel New Zealand’s economy. In the past year alone, Creative HQ has supported more than 300 entrepreneurs from 26 startups across incubation and acceleration programmes, which have generated $5 million in private investment.

“What gets us out of bed each morning is the opportunity to help entrepreneurs turn concepts into high-growth businesses and to nourish our startup communities here in New Zealand,” says Creative HQ CEO Stefan Korn. “As the investor and startup landscapes continue to evolve, it’s time we apply all the lessons we’ve learned incubating and accelerating startups over the past 12 years to our own business.”

Much more than just a business incubator, the new structure and programmes put Creative HQ’s ability to build the business skills of entrepreneurs, work with large organisations to innovate and engaging the community front and centre.


Creative HQ’s incubation services include its Global Growth Programme, a stage-gated programme is for startups with high growth potential to build value and gain access to knowledge, networks and capital. Unique in New Zealand, the updated programme focuses on developing the skills of the entrepreneur in addition to providing mentorship and coaching for the business.

For those early stage entrepreneurs, Creative HQ offers two programmes: Startup Futures and Startup Sessions. Startup Sessions is 6-weeks of workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to validate a business idea before committing further time and resources into building a startup.  Startup Futures is a summer programme for Vic-U teams looking to validate a startup idea and experience real world entrepreneurship.


Creative HQ’s acceleration arm provides startups with immersive and mentor-intensive programmes designed to prepare new companies for investors.

Lightning Lab, New Zealand’s premier digital accelerator programme provides up to 12 teams with structure, startup methodologies, business skills and focused support so they can successfully prove, build and launch their ideas into market. In 2015, Lightning Lab will take place in Auckland and Christchurch with the goal of building New Zealand’s first national accelerator.

Modelled after Lightning Lab, Venture Up is a full immersion entrepreneurship accelerator programme for Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme alumni.

Innovation Services

Creative HQ offers innovation as a service for large organisations looking to develop and execute innovative digital solutions. Through corporate acceleration, incubation and ideation, Creative HQ delivers results in a short time frame using startup thinking, design thinking and the Lean Startup methodology.

“We are really excited to bring innovation as a service to large organisations in New Zealand. After the success of the APP4IR Challenge with Inland Revenue, we have proven to be an agile, creative and connected partner for corporates who are looking to innovate quickly,” says Korn.

Customer Engagement

Creative HQ’s Customer Engagement team is dedicate to supporting and nourishing the startup ecosystem.

Startup Garage is public speakers and event series for the startup curious. Learn from industry experts, connect with others in the ecosystem and take a look inside local high-growth startups to see how they run first-hand.

Built in Wellington is Creative HQ’s one stop posterboard that shares news, events and resources for everything startup in Wellington. Creative HQ also supports startup events in the community by providing resources, finances and connections to organisers.

“If you’re a founder, student, investor, mentor, decision maker or community member, we should be your first touch point when it comes to startups and innovation in New Zealand,” says Korn.

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  1. Looking for a start up company to potentially become involved in. Would love to hear from Creative HQ. I have a Media & Film background so something like that would be right down my alley. Cheers, Brendon.

    Mob 027 6744461.

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