Startup Breakfast Club - How do accelerators work?

This month’s Startup Breakfast Club is all about accelerator programmes. As the name suggests, accelerators are designed to supercharge the growth of early-stage startups. Companies joining accelerators reap great benefits such as getting seed investment, connections, customer exposure, and excellent mentorship all of which will fuel their success.

Our guest speakers will shed some light on how accelerator programmes work; the types of accelerators available in New Zealand and the broader region; and, how to put a successful application together. Whether you’re just a person with an idea or you’re an executive of an early-stage startup, this event will bring you heaps of new insights. So book a ticket, come along and meet your innovation tribe!

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Oliviah Theyers-Collins has been working in the innovation, entrepreneurship and startup space for the past 7 years. She's seen first hand the opportunities and challenges that come with building, running and participating in an accelerator or incubator programme - of which there are many!

As programme director for NZ's most successful national youth accelerator programme and now as programme manager for Canterbury's dedicated Founder Incubator, Oliviah has designed, delivered and contributed to initiatives working with entrepreneurs at all levels and stages in their startup journey across New Zealand.

Through her work with hundreds of founders and startups, as well as the many organisations there to assist them, Oliviah has become an expert navigator of the startup ecosystem and the myriad support it has to offer.


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Chris Bacon, CEO & Co-Founder of Komodo Monitr, a software product that helps strength and conditioning coaches, in amateur sport, develop great athletes. While undertaking his PhD in sports science at the University of Canterbury, Chris took his research into helping the next generation of athletes through optimising their athletic development. Chris has previously worked in the English Premier League and transferred this experience into Komodo. Recently, Komodo was selected out of 150 sports technology companies for the world’s best sports technology accelerator in Taiwan, Hype Spin. The accelerator has allowed them to gain international traction, industry specific connections and aid in their growth.

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Sakthi Priya Balaji Ranganathan is a Design Technologist, Entrepreneur and Founder at JIX, an infused Cross Reality (VR/AR/MR/AI) Startup, Experiential Marketing Studio and Ed-Tech Social Enterprise.

Last year, JIX went on to become the Regional Finalist for the first ever ‘NZ Space Challenge’ and was part of the world's first culture-tech accelerator Programme called 'MAHUKI', commissioned by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.

Sakthi will speak about his startup journey in the making of building Jix, the experience of going through the Mahuki Accelerator and how this experience has helped shape the way he builds his company.


There’ll be free-flowing coffee and breakfast as usual, so secure your spot to this FREE event today.

The Startup Breakfast Club is always sold out in advance, so register early to make sure you don’t miss out. Register by Wednesday 26th of February.

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About Startup Breakfast Club

Ministry of Awesome’s Startup Breakfast Club – powered by MYOB and sponsored by DHL – is your monthly morning caffeine hit where you’ll find valuable social networks, gain business insight, and find the critical support you need to power your venture forward.