DRIVING NZ’S ECONOMY THROUGH FOUNDER-LED STARTUP INNOVATION

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Haere mai and welcome to Ministry of Awesome's founder and startup community. 

Ministry of Awesome is a force for high-growth startups and innovators in Aotearoa. We drive startup ambition, build capability, and support success for early-stage NZ founders and startups with global ambitions.

From our headquarters in Ōtautahi Christchurch, we power Startup Aotearoa, a free early-stage founder coaching service, Founder Catalyst, a national founder capability-building programme operating year-round, we also deliver a series of national accelerator programmes, and Electrify Aotearoa, a conference for Kiwi women in entrepreneurship.

OUR PROGRAMMES AND EVENTS

 

JOIN US AT ELECTRIFY AOTEAROA

Electrify Aotearoa is a one-day conference crafted for Kiwi women in entrepreneurship. Open to the entire NZ startup community, join us for a day of inspiration, practical insights, and networking. Come along and be part of the journey to success!

ARE YOU A STUDENT AT ARA INSTITUTE?

Here's your chance to explore entrepreneurship, learn life-changing innovation skills, and gain real-world experience working alongside some of the most exciting startup founders and entrepreneurs in New Zealand.

Regardless of your field of study - the skills you will learn from this experience will help you reach your career and life goals.

COLLABORATION FUELS INNOVATION 

We're proud to be at the epicenter of New Zealand's vibrant startup ecosystem. Although we assume a central role in nurturing groundbreaking ideas, we know, that for a startup to achieve its aspirations and make a lasting global impact; they need a whole ecosystem to get behind them.

We're proud to partner and collaborate with ambitious organisations, who are committed to supporting NZ startups

OUR FOUNDATION PARTNERS

We enjoy strong alliances, both locally in Ōtautahi with ChristchurchNZ and the Ara Institute of Canterbury (now part of Te Pūkenga) as well as nationally with Callaghan Innovation. These partnerships have allowed us to maintain physical and virtual hubs for our founders, develop programmes that drive real economic benefit, and create a strong innovation community across Aotearoa.

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

Ministry of Awesome is an inclusive community of like-minded individuals that believe in the power of startups.

So, if you're a startup founder, a budding entrepreneur, innovator, investor, student, passionate startup supporter, or just curious about the world of startups - join our 6000-strong community.

We will connect you with interesting people, events and stories from our startup community.