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New Zealand’s size, agility, and high-density innovation communities make it an ideal launchpad to develop and test transformative solutions. The country’s high-integrity political and economic institutions, low corruption rates, open trade, well-educated population, and peaceful relations with other nations allow for easy global scalability of ideas. Simply put, New Zealand is an incubation nation that offers the freedom, flexibility, and stability to get things done.

Values First

One of the last countries on Earth to be discovered by humans, New Zealand has established itself as a forward-thinking society that has embedded progressive values at the core of its national psyche. Kiwis value collaboration over competition, and are amongst the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.  


 “Ui mai ki ahau, He aha te mea nui o te Ao? Māku e kī atu, He tangata, he tangata, he tangata”

“Ask me what is the greatest thing in the world? I will reply: It is people, it is people, it is people”

- Māori Proverb 

“Over the past few decades, big countries have had the advantage. In the next century, countries who can embrace adaptability and flexibility will have a huge advantage.”

- Salim Ismail, Founding Director, Singularity University

“There is a real purity in New Zealand; it’s actually not an easy thing to find in our world anymore.” 

- Elijah Wood, Actor

“New Zealand is not a small country, but a large village.” 

- Sir Peter Jackson, Film-maker

Quality of Life

With some of the highest quality of life in the world, an abundance of nature, and welcoming multicultural neighbourhoods, New Zealand is an incredible place to live and establish deep roots as an individual or a family. The mountains, rivers or the ocean are never more than a few hours away, commuting often means walking or cycling, and friendly communities help you quickly feel at home.

Where To Base Yourself

EHF Fellows can base themselves anywhere in New Zealand, and embed themselves into multiple innovation ecosystems. Each city in New Zealand has different strengths and advantages. Below we have outlined some creative, entrepreneurial hubs around New Zealand, but there are many other incredible places to live. You can explore the opportunities and strengths of other regions here.


National Opportunities and Resources

New Zealand Now
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Primary Growth Partnership
New Zealand Venture Investment Fund
Angel Association
NZ Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Research, Development, Commercialisation and Acceleration:
Lightning Lab
Callaghan Innovation
Landcare Research
Plant & Food Research
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

Find out more about opportunities in New Zealand’s different regions here


New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland is a thriving culturally diverse business centre that has been voted amongst the world’s most livable cities, and is suitable for most ventures.



GridAKL / The BizDojo (Co-working)
The Icehouse (Co-working + Accelerator)
Ice Angels (Investment)
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)
Auckland University of Technology
University of Auckland
Massey University


The largest city in the aptly-named Bay of Plenty, Tauranga’s innovation sector centres around horticulture, high-value manufacturing, and international logistics.



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Basestation (Co-working)
Tauranga Tech (Tech Industry Support Group)
Enterprise Angels (Investment)
Tauranga Tourism
Priority One (Economic Development)
University of Waikato


A key central city in New Zealand’s primary production sector, Hamilton is embracing innovation in agritech, logistics and high-value manufacturing.



Soda Inc (Co-working + Incubator)
Enterprise Angels (Investment)
Waikato Link (Research Commercialisation)
Why Hamilton? (Tourism)
University of Waikato

Palmerston North

A small city in the agricultural heartland of the lower North Island, Palmerston North is a key destination for agritech innovation.



BCC - Building Clever Companies (Agritech Accelerator + Industry Support)
Massey University


The central hub for New Zealand’s film industry, the capital city of Wellington is home to many innovative startups, and all things creative.



The BizDojo (Co-working)
Creative HQ / Lightning Lab (Co-working + Accelerator)
Enspiral (Social Enterprise Network)
Collider (Tech Industry Support)
Film Wellington (Industry Support)
NZ VR & AR Association (Industry Association)
Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency
Victoria University of Wellington
Massey University


Christchurch is a place of transformation – where change and innovation have been embraced across technology, manufacturing, agribusiness, tourism and healthcare, creating a strong economy and vibrant place to live. 



The Christchurch Story (Why come to Christchurch?)
Christchurch Innovation Map
Christchurch Innovation Precinct
Enterprise and Innovation Precinct (EPIC) (Business Hub)
Ministry of Awesome (Startup Support)
Greenhouse (Collaborative business hub)
Vodafone Xone (Accelerator)
The BizDojo (Co-working)
University of Canterbury
Lincoln University
ChristchurchNZ (Economic development, tourism and major events)


A stunning lake-side oasis in the mountains, Queenstown is home to adventure tourism, viticulture, natural fibre production, and an emerging startup culture.



The Hangar (Co-working)
Queenstown Pure Inspiration (Tourism)
Queenstown Chamber of Commerce



Home to the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest internet speeds (1Gb/s), Dunedin’s history in higher-education and medical science is complemented with a budding startup scene.



Startup Dunedin (Industry Support + Co-working)
GigCity Dunedin (Tech Industry Group)
Why Dunedin? (Tourism)
Enterprise Dunedin (Economic Development Agency)
University of Otago


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