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Wellington’s startup community is a network of collaboration and teamwork. Events and networking opportunities are popping up all over the city, and shared workspaces foster the nurturing of ideas and talent to help our startups to succeed.
There’s a range of events taking place all over Wellington that promote networking and the building of key relationships.
Take a look at some of the events Wellington’s startup scene has to offer:
Startup Garage is an event series run by Creative HQ that’s open to anyone. Taking place twice a month, they introduce attendees to some of New Zealand’s best talent for a behind the scenes look at how they get things done. It’s a great networking opportunity with three streams of activity; office visits, hosting visiting speakers of inspiring stories, and holding information expert sessions.
Startup Weekend is an annual event where entrepreneurs, developers, and designers get together to form new businesses in a 54-hour marathon of ideas and collaboration. With all skill levels and backgrounds, it’s a great opportunity to meet others in the startup community and get coached by world class mentors.
Webstock is an annual technology conference in Wellington which hosts international speakers from high profile businesses such as Google and Facebook. It also holds workshops for attendees and a competition for entrepreneurs called Startup Alley, giving eight budding entrepreneurs the chance to win a $20,000 cash prize, plus support from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and a trip to the US to grow their business.
There’s plenty of centrally located workspaces around town for entrepreneurs and startups to use as a base for their businesses.
These also provide the added advantage of being surrounded by other talented and creative people.
Creative HQ is Wellington’s startup base and alongside incubator and accelerator programmes, they also provide a shared workspace for startups involved in their programs. With like-minded people and support on tap, Creative HQ should be your first stop on your startup journey.
The Biz Dojo manage shared office spaces to enable startups, entrepreneurs, designers and developers to work collaboratively, share ideas and encourage and inspire success.
Enspiral Dev Academy is a healthy, vibrant, creative place to make real connections and get some serious work done! Enjoy fresh organic fruit, free yoga sessions twice a week, and monthly networking lunches. Perfect for freelancers and startup teams ready to plug into a supportive, diverse tech community and grow.
In Good Company are an art gallery, shared space and co-working café. It’s a space for freelancers, entrepreneurs, independent businesses and other creatives to work and mingle with like-minded peers. With new exhibitions every week, plus free coffee, it’s an exciting and inspiring choice for one-off meetings or as a long-term base for your startup.
Bureau is a shared workspace in the CBD that's designed for flexible, casual use. It’s used by entrepreneurs, consultants, creatives, freelancers and individuals. Bureau offers unlimited 24/7 access at an affordable monthly rate, easy online sign-up, fast fibre wifi, a quiet main workspace, kitchen and meeting room.
Sub Urban offers a local workplace and meeting space in the suburbs and is a catalyst for collaboration, enterprise and innovation. Providing flexible workspace and meeting room options for all ages and businesses, Sub Urban enables creative thinkers and doers to be part of a community of like-minded, motivated, and inspiring people.
Urban Hub provides serviced office space in the heart of Wellington’s central business district. A serviced office gives you total flexibility while removing the challenges associated with traditional leasing. If you can save time, you’ll increase productivity while reducing cost – allowing you to focus on your core business objectives.