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Startup community

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.

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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

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

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.

Built in Wellington

The Built in Wellington website is Wellington’s home for all things startup. A one-stop community poster-board for innovators and creatives, you’ll find all the startup events in Wellington, as well as news, articles, blogs and tips.



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

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.

Enspiral Space

Enspiral Space is Wellington’s co-working space for entrepreneurs, startups, social enterprises, freelancers and not-for-profits with an ethical focus. Sit alongside change-makers and challengers of the status-quo that create social impact and aim to bring about real change.

The Biz Dojo

The Biz Dojo manage shared office spaces to enable startups, entrepreneurs, designers and developers to work collaboratively, share ideas and encourage and inspire success.

In Good Company

In Good Company is 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 among like-minded peers. With new exhibitions every week, plus free coffee, it’s an exciting and inspiring choice for one off meetings or as long term base for your startup.

Sub Urban

Sub Urban offers a local workplace and meeting space in the suburbs and is a catalyst for collaboration, enterprise and innovation. Providing flexible work space 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.

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