Entrepreneur Groups, Events & Awards

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others." - African proverb

Business building is a team effort.

For those of us thinking beyond self employment, entrepreneurship is a team game. Not only do we need the right people “on the bus”, we also need the right people to supply our bus with the fuel it needs, and to help connect us into the markets we want to serve.

While founders are generally positive people by nature, we need to surround ourselves with people we can look up to for inspiration, who can encourage us when times get tough, and yes… help us stay honest with ourselves.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of entrepreneur groups, networks and associations bursting with people just like you. Take a look at what they can offer and begin surrounding yourself with like minded people today.


Entrepreneur Groups & Meetups

BNZ Connect Nationwide

A Few Quiet Yarns Auckland

Entrepreneurs Unleashed Auckland

GridAKL Events Auckland

Idea Show and Tell Auckland

Lean Coffee Auckland

Sparklab Events Auckland

Startup Grind Auckland Auckland

Young NZ Business Network Auckland

Collider Wellington Wellington

Hackers & Founders Wellington

Netsquared Wellington Wellington

NZ Entrepreneur Club Wellington

Online Entrepreneurs Wellington Wellington

Social Enterprise Wellington Wellington

Startup Garage Wellington Wellington

Startup Grind Wellington Wellington

Te Awe Wellington

Coffee and Jam Christchurch

Ministry of Awesome Christchurch

Startup Christchurch Christchurch

Entrepreneur Coffee Jam Queenstown

Startup Garage Central Lakes Queenstown

FoundX Dunedin

Free & Online Entrepreneur Networks

Innovation Council NZ Nationwide

Entrepreneurs Connect NZ Online

NZ Entrepreneur Mag on Facebook Online

NZ Entrepreneurs Facebook Group Online

Network NZ Online

NZ Tech Startups Ecosystem Facebook Online

Sparklab Facebook Group Online

WE Network Online

Paid Membership Networks

BNI Nationwide

Entrepreneurs Organisation Nationwide

Maori Womens Development Inc Nationwide

Mums Garage Nationwide

Venus Womens Business Network Nationwide

Industry Groups & Associations

AI Forum Nationwide

Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) Nationwide

Fintech NZ Nationwide

NZ Tech Industry Association Nationwide

Sustainable Business Network Nationwide

Global Connections

Kea New Zealand


Kiwi Landing Pad

General Business Support

Business Mentors NZ Nationwide

Business NZ Nationwide

NZ Chambers of Commerce Nationwide

NZ Food Innovation Network Nationwide

Institute of Management of NZ Nationwide

Celebrating entrepreneurial success

Aside from some great rewards for prize winners, attending and taking part in the many annual industry events, awards and showcases can have other positive effects for New Zealand entrepreneurs. Not only do they enable you to stay abreast of what’s happening in your industry, but the process of entering often results in positive learning experiences, valuable connections and helpful PR.

Below you’ll find a list of industry conferences, summits and awards celebrating the pioneering spirit of entrepreneurs and business in New Zealand.

Annual NZ Conferences & Events

AI Day

Central Districts Field Days

CIO Summit

Festival For the Future


Gov Hack NZ


MUV Talks

New Zealand Entrepreneur Summit


TEDx Events NZ

The Project

Singularity U

Competitions and Awards

Innovate Palmerston North

Deloitte Fast 50

EY Entrepreneur of the Year

Maori Business Women Awards

New Zealander of the Year

NZ Hi-Tech Awards

NZ Innovation Awards

Sustainable Business Network Awards

Talent Unleashed Awards

The David Awards

World Class New Zealand Awards