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

Electrify Aotearoa is leading the charge for woman founders in Aotearoa. This unique event unites ambitious startup leaders, supporters and investors to fuel the growth of women-led entrepreneurs in New Zealand.

Join us in 2025 a day of inspiration, learning and connection!

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.