The leading entrepreneurship accelerator for New Zealand's young aspiring leaders

Announcement to come on 25th September 2017!!!




Venture Up's six-week summer programme is open to anyone aged 16-21, provided you have left secondary school. It is held from early January to mid February every year.

The programme is fully funded and participants have their accommodation and main meals for six weeks fully covered by our amazing sponsors outlined below!!


In early 2017, the Venture Up programme traveled out to the super city of Auckland! Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) & Auckland University of Technology (AUT) came on board as premier sponsors to help house our students and provide a work space within Colab for the students to connect, collaborate and Venture Up!

Want to know how it went and what ventures came out of the programme? Check out the article below, written by one of our participants on the experience she had and the learnings that came out of Venture Up via Idealog!




Six Weeks Hardcore

This is a full time programme designed to take your existing business experience to the next level. Based on expertise and insight from leading startup business accelerator Lightning Lab, Venture Up will help you to grow your skills, your ideas, your outlook and your opportunities.


The Startup Immersion Experience

Venture Up will take individuals committed to building businesses and surround them with a high-octane programme of entrepreneurial learning, business growth mentoring, pitch coaching and intense focus on what is required to achieve real impact in your market.


Bigger, Better, Faster

Venture Up participants form teams which are supported to build real businesses and products and to scale their market penetration and revenue potential towards larger and more global markets. On the shoulders of the Venture Up network, teams gain insights into new markets, new technologies and new horizons.


Up Showcase

Venture Up will offer teams the opportunity to pitch their business to potential partners. The six week programme culminates in an awesome Showcase event when teams present their businesses' potential and needs, and ask for support, mentorship and funding from the entrepreneurial and business community.

Level 1
7 Dixon St
New Zealand

Phone: 04 381 4440

PO Box 11153, Wellington 6011