Startups since 2019
Capital raised since 2019
New jobs since 2019
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Haere mai and welcome to the Ministry of Awesome startup and innovation community.

Ministry of Awesome is a force for high-growth startups in Aotearoa. We drive startup ambition, build capability, and support success for early-stage NZ founders and startups with global ambitions. Our purpose is to positively impact the future of New Zealand through the transformation of its economy into one that is innovation led, high value, and sustainable for people and planet.
From our headquarters in Ōtautahi Christchurch, we power a national early stage startup incubator and up to 4 national accelerator programmes every year. If this sounds like your jam, join us!

High Growth Startups

If you're a founder who has bold ambition, capability, and a drive for global success, we're here to serve you.

Innovation programmes

If you're trying to kickstart innovation and entrepreneurship in your region, your sector, or your organisation - our innovation programmes may be just what you are looking for.

Founder Education

We help develop entrepreneurs by teaching startup methodologies, tools, and foster global ambition alongside educational institutions and other startup ecosystem orgs around the country.

Electrify Aotearoa is back in 2023!

MoA’s annual women founders conference, Electrify Aotearoa 2023 is the must attend event of the year for women in the New Zealand Startup Ecosystem. Hear stories of grit and ingenuity from those who have gone before you. Learn in exclusive masterclasses with top advisors to level-up your startup acumen. Join us in Auckland 30 March 2023 to celebrate the women of our startup ecosystem at Electrify Aotearoa. Learn more about the event and get your tickets at https://www.electrifyaotearoa.co.nz/ Use promo code "MoAWebSite" to save 20%

Be a part of the MoA team!

Ministry of Awesome is currently accepting applications for full-time leadership roles to lead partnerships, marketing, and community. We're also recruiting two new members to our board of trustees to provide governance and strategic guidance. Interested in being part of the force for NZ high-growth startups? We'd like to hear from you!

New Zealand's High-Growth Startup Incubator

Founder Catalyst is a 9 month incubation programme that helps you master the capabilities startups need to compete and win. We are founder focused and have crafted an incubator that is designed to help you build the critical leadership skills, perfect your product, win customers and attract investors. Click to learn more

Orion Energy Accelerator

Orion Energy Accelerator was designed to identify and support startups in the energy sector that will generate effective solutions to real problems in the industry. The accelerator, powered together by Orion Group, Ministry of Awesome and Ara Ake aimed to foster startups’ ground-breaking innovations that can shape the future of New Zealand’s energy sector and power a cleaner and brighter future. Mark your calendar for Demo Night is 22 Feb 2023!

Electrify Accelerator - The Women Founders Accelerator

This is NZ's first ever whole ecosystem backed startup accelerator made for woman founders and backed by Aotearoa's leading investors, government, and startup enablers. Everyone taking part in this programme is focused on one success metric - your venture’s growth and opportunity for success. Our goal is to identify high calibre woman-led startup ventures. If you are a woman founder of a startup with huge ambition, then you are EXACTLY who we are looking for and we can’t wait to meet you! Applications open in early 2023. Stay tuned!

Are you a student at Ara?

Here's your chance to explore entrepreneurship, learn life-changing innovation skills, and work alongside some of the most exciting startup founders and entrepreneurs in New Zealand. Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth & Innovation is right here on the central city campus and - regardless of your field of study - the skills you will learn from this experience will help you reach your career and life goals.

Upcoming events and training

Our national partners

We are delighted to enjoy a strategic alliance with Ara Institute of Canterbury and ChristchurchNZ - our regional economic development agency. This partnership has allowed us to tap into a 7000 strong ambitious learning community and talent pipeline; establish Te Ōhaka - our city centre startup hub; and kick off what is has swiftly become Aotearoa's most prolific startup incubator, Founder Catalyst.

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