Founder Resources

There are multitudes of resources available to support founders. We have created this page as a central point of reference.

Click on the subject matter below to take you directly to related resources. 

Building Capability

  • The Acceleration Foundry offers a 12-week accelerator programme for organisations that are keen to scale up their operations or seek investment. With a focus on solving growth challenges, the programme will support fast growth for organisations going through critical stages of development. With a time commitment of one morning each week over the 12-week cycle, the programme based in Tauranga, is delivered through a range of interactive activities and supported by local growth expertise and networks.
  • Startup NZ Entrepreneurs Program – Startup NZ is for all Kiwis who want to learn about starting a business. 12 online lessons with each lesson requiring 1-2 hours commitment taken in your own time as often as you want for up to 12 months. The first 3 lessons are free and fees are $287.50 for the full programme.
  • Regional Business Partner Network – Capability development funding Co-funded training and capability development up to a maximum of $5000 per year per business. The business must pay at least half of the training costs. To be eligible for funding a business must:
    • Have undergone assessment by a Regional Business Partner
    • Be operating with 50 or less FTEs
    • Be GST registered in New Zealand
    • Operating in a commercial environment – i.e. is currently trading
    • Be privately owned or a Maori Trust or Incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership.

Capital Raising and Pitching Advice

Compliance and Finance

 Digital Skills

  • Digital BoostFree courses all about doing business online provided by MBIE and MindLab
  • How To Optimise Your Online Presence – Three part series from NZ Entrepreneur
  • Hubspot for startups programEducation resources and tailored training, professional software and integrated platforms for startups at startup pricing.  Access their “Get Started” guides, for a roadmap to getting set up with Hubspot fast.
  • AWS Activate – As a startup in the Enterprise Angels portfolio, you are eligible for the following AWS (Amazon Web Services) benefits:
    • USD $5,000 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years.
    • 24×7 access to AWS Cloud Support Engineers up to 1 year (USD $1,500)
    • 80 credits for Self-Paced Labs ($80 value)


Employment Matters


Funding and Grants

  • Callaghan Innovation – R&D Funding – Getting started grant – designed to help you start your R&D journey to become an established R&D performer. It is not designed for one-off small projects.
  • Callaghan Innovation – R&D Funding – Project Grants – helping you take on larger or more challenging R&D. It is designed to help you:
    • Build your R&D expertise
    • Break new new ground in an R&D project for the development of new or substantially improved devices, products, processes, systems or services
    • Develop your business into a stable and substantial R&D performer
    • Grow your investment in R&D

Callaghan R&D Student Grant Getting started grant – giving you the opportunity to take on students for an internship and bring new skills into your business, whether you’re looking to explore blue-sky R&D concepts or advance existing projects

  • R&D Tax Incentivea 15% tax credit on the money you invest in eligible research and development (R&D) in New Zealand.
  • Flexi-wage for self-employment– payments from Work and Income NZ (WINZ) designed to support people who are starting up a new business or needing help to become self-sufficient in an existing business.
  • Self-employment startup payment– WINZ assistance for essential start up costs, eg furniture or the first lot of stock, legal fees etc.

    Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Reducing risk and exposure

    • Top 11 tips for cyber security  – Cyber security attacks are becoming more and more common over time. While there’s no bulletproof way to prevent an attack, here are some practical tips to keep your personal information safe and secure online.
    • What businesses need to know about IP –  James and Wells have put together this handy guide to help you get to grips with Intellectual Property (IP) and how it can be leveraged to create value in your business.
    • Business …InterruptedBusiness Interruption insurance is one of the most misunderstood insurance policies, and often overlooked by business owners. Aon explain what Business Interruption insurance is and what it covers.
    • Ransomware misunderstandings– Aon dispel some of the myths around ransomware attacks.