PRE-PROGRAMME: THE TEAM
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We can schedule a time to sit down with your team and review all your project needs and desired outcomes. We can then work with you to determine if the Lightning Lab GovTech programme could be a good fit for your Project.
After a workshop, we can spend another 1-2 hours with your team to help determine the problem statement and target market for your project. We can also help your team craft up the Project application and the required supporting materials.
You must complete a project submission to be eligible for selection into the Lightning Lab GovTech programme. You should start your application as soon as possible so we can help you along the way.
The Project selection is a competitive process, and those Projects who best meet the Project requirements will be able to participate in the programme.
If your Project is selected, we will help you prepare a Project Team for the programme. Project teams consist of 3-4 members with complementary skill sets. We can help you in different ways depending on what you need.
Do you have a team? If your agency or council already has a team to work on the Project, we can help you identify team roles and responsibilities for your team members and prepare them for the programme.
Do you need extra team members? If you require additional team members for your Project, we can find and contract the right people for you with required areas of expertise – this is an open application process.
Do you need to find a team? If you wish to have a high performing startup or innovative company bring their team to work on your project, we can help find them for you – this is an open application process.
The week before the programme starts, your Project Team will report to the Lightning Lab facility and spend a week getting prepared for the accelerator programme. Your team will learn new leadership and team building techniques that will enable them to perform at their best in the programme. During this week wider teams will also have opportunities to participate.
Your Project Team will work side-by-side with the other Project Teams in the Lightning Lab facility for the entire 12 weeks of the accelerator programme. Teams receive help from our Lightning Lab GovTech programme staff, Creative HQ startup coaches, mentors, and expert advisors. They use specific lean startup and agile methods that have been proven to be useful for innovating in a government setting through work with dozens of teams from several different government agencies in New Zealand.
Once the programme is complete, your Project team presents to your agency’s leadership, other government officials, and the interested public in a Demo Day showcase event. Past Demo Day events have had been over 500 attendees, including several ministers, foreign officials and the press.