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Queensland Government
Queensland Govt backs safety-tech firm to tune of $1m
“The safety software market is booming, thanks to our customers realising its value in the precarious world we live in,'' says Karen Cantwell.
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Startup ecosystem
Startup Dunedin gets funding boost from Dunedin City Council
Donedin’s startup ecosystem is getting a $150,000 boost over the next two years, thanks to the Dunedin City Council’s Economic Development Committee.
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Incubator
Soda Inc creates incubator partnership for Hawke's Bay businesses
Waikato-based incubator Soda Inc is about to throw Hawke’s Bay businesses a valuable lifeline, thanks to a partnership with Business Hawke’s Bay.
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Innovation
Corporate-startup retreat creates playbook for closer collaboration
ZeroPoint Ventures hopes the playbook, over time and with further input, will be broadly adopted by the corporate and startup venture community.
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Innovation
Enterprises must move at startup speed or risk disruption - study
A whitepaper by ZeroPoint Ventures says NZ enterprises are failing to innovate at the speed necessary to drive long-term impact and success.
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PwC
Record $86m pouring into NZ’s early stage investments
NZVCA estimates that there were over 25 domestic and international funds active in early-stage venture in New Zealand during 2017.
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Cloud
Singtel Innov8 & NUS to launch Singapore cybersecurity startup hub
The hub, called Innovation Cyber Security Ecosystem at Block 71 (ICE71), aims to deepen Singapore’s cybersecurity industry.
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Cloud
MYOB opens new office in Chch with co-working space for startup customers
The building features a wellness room, energy (fitness) room, library, gaming room, IT Genius Bar, internal training room.
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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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Entrepreneur
SODA Inc founder joins EHF fellowship, starts philanthropic venture
Cheryl Reynolds is open to collaborating on new projects, and is actively looking for potential co-founders and partners for 3Cs.
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Startup
Co-working provider BizDojo acquired by European platform IWG
International company IWG is the owner of workspace companies including Regus, Spaces, No18 and Basepoint.
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Callaghan Innovation
Maori entrepreneurship thriving in Waikato and Coromandel regions
“Māori businesses are more likely to take a holistic or social enterprise approach to business.”
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New Zealand business
Call for NZ Govt to establish Institute for Small Business
"An entity focused on delivering value to SMBs would be charged with developing well-researched policy advice aimed at enhancing the ecosystem."
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Fintech
Kiwi fintech startups need to focus more on Asian markets
Kiwi startups can learn much from what’s happening in Fintech markets in China, India and Vietnam.
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Internet of Things
IoT, AI and mobile gaming in the spotlight at startup festival
Over the next three days, more than 300 startups will congregate in Taiwan’s capital for three days full of innovation, networking, and fun.
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Incubator
Christchurch EPIC innovation hub’s lease extended by seven years
The companies within EPIC have grown to build a combined turnover estimated to be in excess of $50 million per annum.
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Event
What you missed at BizDojo Ponsonby’s pre-launch
BizDojo opened up the site of their latest space in Ponsonby today and invited the community to take a peek.
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Accelerator
Digital accelerator ZeroPoint Ventures announces first cohort participants
New Zealanders want to build ventures where they live and work, to create strong regional economies and remain in their local support networks.
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Incubator
Erin Wansbrough appointed as new chief executive for SODA Inc
Wansbrough has a passion for entrepreneurship and brings a depth of business experience and knowledge of commercialisation.
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Kiwi Landing Pad
Kiwi Landing Pad marks six-year milestone with six events
The Kiwi Landing Pad was established to help selected high growth New Zealand technology companies establish and grow their business in the USA.
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Incubator
Chinese VC partners with Melbourne to launch Asia-focused startup incubator
Suzhou High-Tech Venture Capital Group is providing up to AU$80m in financial support to run the centre, and develop projects over the next 3 years.
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Datacom
ZeroPoint Ventures and Datacom announce brainstorming startup-corporate retreat
The goal of the retreat is to bring startups and corporates together to co-create a new partnership model.
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Entrepreneurship
Startups - Go big, go home, or go sustainable?
Thought leaders share their insights at the launch of New Zealand’s first virtual accelerator.
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Startup
Wellington to host Startup Weekend
Wellington is to host a marathon start up event in November this year, following a similar Auckland event coming next month.