STARTUPS + COMPANIES

Lightning Lab GovTech provides an opportunity for your startup or company to work on some of the most significant problems facing government today.

If you want to make a difference and help local and central governments, we have the opportunity for you.

HOW IT WORKS
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Before
Apply to work on a Project, get selected, get ready
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Month 1
Validate problem and engage initial customers
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Month 2
Create solution prototype and validate customers’ needs
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Month 3
Plan implementation, secure pilot customers and pitch
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After
Secure funding and implement pilot programme
WHY SHOULD YOU DO LIGHTNING LAB GOVTECH?

Just like you, we want to change the world

  • Work on some of the most innovative projects in government
  • Learn how to create customer-centric, validated prototypes and solutions
  • Learn innovation techniques and formats that are used by the most innovative companies in the world
  • Work beside top NZ entrepreneurs and innovative GovTech companies from around the world, and work with Wellington’s best network of mentors and expert advisors
  • Solve significant problems for New Zealand and possibly the world
  • Help position New Zealand as a leader in public sector innovation globally
  • Get paid to participate in the unique accelerator approach
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

For startups and companies who want to participate, here is your process

APPLY TO A PROJECT OR PROJECTS

Once Projects are chosen for the programme, they will be listed on the website and promoted. As a team, you can apply to one or several Projects who are looking for teams. This process will begin after Projects are selected for Lightning Lab GovTech – we’re anticipating this happening in May. 

INTERVIEWS

If your company is shortlisted, you’ll be required to participate in a brief interview with the Lightning Lab GovTech programme team. Times and location are to be determined.

PROJECT TEAM SELECTION

The top startups + companies will be selected to participate in the Project for which they applied. You will be notified of selection for your Project Team within days of the interviews.

BOOTCAMP

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.

IN PROGRAMME

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.

DEMO DAY SHOWCASE

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.

WANT TO TAKE PART?
LET US KNOW YOU’RE INTERESTED

We’ll announce the Projects in May. In the meantime, let us know that you’re interested in participating by registering your interest below.