Become part of a community of global citizens who think big, challenge the status quo, and lead from the edge of innovation. EHF accepts a new cohort of up to 60 Fellows every six months, with a diverse mix of international and New Zealand-based entrepreneurs, investors, and startup teams.
EHF provides you with a platform to leverage New Zealand’s unique advantages, to help build, incubate and scale global ventures. The EHF programme includes regular retreats, demo days, learning opportunities, a stage from which to tell your story, and settlement support for you and your immediate family in New Zealand.
As a Fellow, you will receive individualised support and access to a global network of investors, mentors, partners, and innovation hubs, to help maximise your impact and give you the best chance of success. We can connect you with top talent, accelerators, centres of research excellence, and Research and Development grants.
Like all natural ecosystems, a healthy innovation ecosystem thrives when a diverse set of strengths and talents come together in an integrated way to support each other. Our Fellows represent a global community, and as such we encourage applicants of all ages, genders, industries, ethnicities, stages of venture development, and countries of citizenship, to apply.
We invite you to join the EHF community, if you resonate with our values and are someone who:
Global Impact Visas (GIVs) is a new 3-year, flexible, open work visa for New Zealand with a path to permanent residency, designed to attract creative and visionary entrepreneurs, investors and startup teams who wish to create global impact from New Zealand. GIVs has no minimum requirement for days spent in New Zealand, and is designed for high-impact global citizens who work across borders and wish to make New Zealand a main base.
Up to 100 GIVs will be awarded each year to international Fellows, who will join up to 20 Kiwi Fellows in the programme.
Once accepted into the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, the criteria to qualify for GIVs include a high level of English language proficiency, good character and health, and sufficient maintenance funds or the ability to earn income to support yourself and any dependents in New Zealand for the first year.
EHF recognises that your potential for global impact and holistic value creation cannot always be measured by purely standardised metrics. Our selection process measures candidates against a set of qualitative and quantitative criteria that assess entrepreneurial or investment skills, experiences, capabilities, and potential to have a positive impact on New Zealand and the world.
Our selection criteria focus on identifying individuals and teams who:
After applying for Edmund Hillary Fellowship via Submittable, applications are taken through a process of filtering and shortlisting based on alignment with the selection criteria outlined above. Initial filtering is done by the EHF team, with final selection delegated to an independent selection panel of entrepreneurs, investors, cultural leaders and innovators. The selection panel also considers the diversity of the cohort as a whole before making a decision. Selected candidates are provided with a Letter of Offer to apply to Immigration New Zealand for the processing of GIVs.