Fertile ground for a strong ecosystem

New Zealand is regularly ranked as one of the easiest places in the world to start a business, and least corrupt. Company registration is fast and inexpensive, and the New Zealand Government has several goals, programmes and funding in place to stimulate economic development through entrepreneurship.

Consequently many regions have bodies dedicated to economic development (Economic Development Agencies or EDA’s), which have strategies in place to nurture startup entrepreneurs. Being aware of the work being done “behind the scenes” to create an environment supportive of entrepreneurship in New Zealand, will enable you to appreciate the freedom and opportunities we have to explore, create and grow – and hopefully make the most of it!


New Zealand Food Innovation Network

New Zealand Food Innovation Network


WHO: New Zealand Food Innovation Network WHAT: Startup incubation programmes; Accelerator programmes; Events; Mentoring; Resources HQ: Auckland ESTABLISHED: 2011 INTRODUCTION The New Zealand Food Innovation Network is a Government-supported national network of open-access food and beverage production facilities. We’re here to help innovative, ambitious food businesses develop, scale up and commercialise new products. From research […]

Mahitahi Colab

Mahitahi Colab


Who: Mahitahi Colab  What: Learning & Mentoring, Coworking HQ: Nelson INTRODUCTION The Mahitahi Colab’s purpose is to build a more connected business and innovation community, by creating stronger links between clever business, investors, researchers, business development providers, Government and the education sector. We do this by offering flexible co working space, hosting business and community […]

Dunedin by night

Enterprise Dunedin


Who: Enterprise Dunedin What: Economic Development Agency HQ: Dunedin INTRODUCTION Enterprise Dunedin’s Economic Development team facilitates economic growth and well-being in Dunedin that reflects business community needs and supports the city’s strategic objectives. The team connects and supports local businesses, growing the economy and fostering opportunities for employment. As Dunedin City Council’s in-house economic development […]

tai tokerau early stage

Northland Inc


Who: Northland Inc What: Economic Development Agency; Startup Incubation; Mentoring; Events; Coworking HQ: Whangarei INTRODUCTION Northland Inc is the Northland’s economic development agency, and incorporates the Regional Tourism Office. Business innovation and growth is one Northland Inc’s five workstreams, and startup incubation and acceleration fall under that remit. The Tai Tokerau Early Stage Programme helps […]

Central Government Support, Agencies & Programmes



New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Callaghan Innovation

Regional Economic Development Agencies and councils

Northland Inc Northland

Tataki Auckland Unlimited Auckland

Toi EDA Eastern Bay of Plenty

Priority One Tauranga

Grow Rotorua Rotorua

Enterprise Great Lake Taupo Taupo

Activate Tairawhiti East Coast

Venture Taranaki Taranaki

Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) Manuwatu

Whanganui and Partners Whanganui

Kapiti Coast District Council Kapiti

WellingtonNZ Wellington

Nelson Regional Development Agency Nelson/Tasman

Marlborough Business Trust Marlborough

Development West Coast West Coast

Enterprise North Canterbury North Canterbury

ChristchurchNZ Christchurch

Aoraki Development Timaru

Central Otago District Council Central Otago

Clutha Development Trust Clutha District

Great South Southland

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