Business incubation and acceleration

Even the most inspirational ideas need nurturing. Business incubators can hatch your ideas into fully fledged commercial products and services, and teach you the key steps to success.

If you’re an entrepreneur with a great idea or product you want to turn into a business, there’s a range of expert support available to you. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) can help you access it and connect you with the right people. Contact us

The following Auckland incubators are supported by Callaghan Innovation.

Technology-focused incubators:

  • PowerHouse (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin)
  • Astrolab 

Founder-focused incubators can be found here:


Once you’ve developed new or improved products and services through research and development (R&D), your next step is to commercialise.

Support for commercialisation is also available from Auckland’s network of business incubators to assist with commercialisation.

A great idea needs six things to have any chance of commercialisation and success:

  • A validated solution to a problem and high level of uniqueness
  • A go-to person who can deliver it
  • A go-to person who can sell it
  • A governance person who can manage it
  • Cash to fund R&D, protect and commercialise the IP (intellectual property)
  • A well defined pathway to market

6 essential elements for commercialisation and success


Innovation events and programmes

Lightning Lab

Lightning Lab, in partnership with The Icehouse, ran its first Auckland-based programme at GridAKL in March 2015. Look out for the 2016 Auckland event.

Lightning Lab provides seed investment and intensive mentoring for teams of start-up entrepreneurs and pushes them to make their business idea fly within three months. At the end of the 12-week programme, companies pitch to investors and potential market partners during Demo Day.

Find out more about Lightning Lab >