In January 2018, we were excited to bring Venture Up back home to Wellington with 26 of New Zealand’s future leaders. The programme was based at Victoria University School of Architecture & Design, made possible thanks to the help of our wonderful sponsors. Participants formed ventures from day 1 and learnt about how to test concepts, validate with customers and build key business skills that will serve them well moving into the future.

With a wealth of mentors and speakers lined up to provide inspiration and tools to challenge the ventures, the teams were pushed throughout the accelerator far beyond their comfort zones.

For more information, check out how the teams went in the blog posts below or the programme report!

Venture Up 2018 Report đź”—

Each year, we put together a report to summarise insights from the programme.


Venture Up was much more than I could have ever dreamed…
The breadth and depth of speakers, workshops and organisers was incredible.


Improving the spending habits of young adults through their personalised app, teaching money-management skills for prosperous futures.

pier to peer
Pier to Peer

Connecting drivers with available space and people needing inter-island transportation for their bulky or weighty courier items.


Connecting experience seekers with people wanting a cheaper service, while empowering users to gain short term experience.


Connecting local businesses and building loyalty with students through targeted marketing and exclusive deals.

team up
Team Up

Creating a more connected and active New Zealand through accessible social sports.