Instigator is a curated suite of programmes, events, and workshops designed to support the entrepreneurial capability of our community. The Events and Programme listed on this page are organised, delivered and/or supported by Venture Centre. The Ecosystem opportunities also listed on this page are delivered by local and national organisations equally vested in supporting early stage entrepreneurship. Together these opportunities offer fantastic pathways to talent expression and success.

Held at regular intervals, these events are free or low cost.
Entrepreneurs Everywhere
Tauranga Entrepreneurship monthly meetup
Social Entrepreneurship BOP
A gathering of like minds
Design Thinking Meetup BOP
A gathering of like minds
Tauranga Startup Weekend
54 hours to turn an idea into a business
Delivered to support you the entrepreneur navigate the journey
Cohort based business launching programme.
Lift @Venture Centre
Founder focused incubator
Office Hours
Expert one on one free consultation
ADI Clinic
Free startup advice for founders from angel investors
Ecosystem Opportunities
Startup Weekend New Zealand
A hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. 
A 48-hour pitch competition to make business ideas a reality. 
Lightning Lab
A four-month, mentor-intensive, business acceleration programme.
Helps kiwi businesses grow.
Helps bright people to build brilliant businesses by nourishing entrepreneurial talent and driving innovation. 
Ministry of Awesome
The starting point for making Christchurch a thriving, connected, and activated city. 
Startup Dunedin
A charitable trust with a mandate to facilitate and co-ordinate the growth of the start-up ecosystem in Dunedin. 
Startup Taranaki
Building a strong, inclusive & connected Start-up ecosystem in Taranaki.
The Factory
New Zealand's specialist business development organisation for startups in agriculture, agritech and agrifood. 


Instigator is a curated suite of programmes, events, and workshops designed by Venture Centre to support the digital and entrepreneurial capability of individuals and their communities. It exists to inspire and equip them with the skills, tools, mindset and connections they need to build impactful ventures and prosper.


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