Christchurch's progressive and connected eco-system is like no other. Whether you’re a start-up ready for scale or a business wanting to expand or work smarter, Christchurch has the connectivity, resources, and support you need to take the next leap.
Supernodes are accelerating opportunities, access to talent, and support services across the pitch; local advisers can help you improve productivity, develop capability, access industry expertise, or find more efficient ways of working.
Through the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Regional Partner Programme, ChristchurchNZ can help identify your business’s unique management needs and, potentially, co-funding to help address those needs.
Business Mentors NZ is an independent, not-for-profit organization, committed to helping small business owners, startup entrepreneurs and not-for-profit decision makers succeed. A small registration fee provides 12 months access to a Business Mentor, available to provide support by sharing skills, knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be successful. In Canterbury we have 300 Business Mentors who gift their time to assist our business owners.
There is so much that you don’t know that you don’t know and a mentor can really point you in the right direction of what you do need to knowAlice Brown, Resuscitation Matters
The Innovation Ecosystem Map can direct you to more services or support, depending on what you need, or get in touch with these organisations:
- New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
- New Zealand Food Innovation Network - FoodSouth
- Te Ōhaka Centre for Growth & Innovation - A city resource dedicated to the growth and success of all parties involved in Christchurch and Canterbury’s startup and innovation ecosystem.
- ThincLab Canterbury is a founder-led Incubator that supports ambitious founders to validate, build and scale business ideas and to commercialise new knowledge and create extraordinary economic value for our region.
- Callaghan Innovation - The government R&D promotion arm. Access to global experts to solve R&D issues, access to Callaghan’s technical experts, access to grants / co-funding to help with R&D that is a technical stretch, access to students to help with R&D projects.
- Canterbury Angels - Connects Canterbury investors with fast growing innovative NZ companies. Weekly drop-in appointments available.
- Christchurch Innovation and Sustainability Fund - to encourage innovative community, school or business projects that support the Council's vision and strategic priorities
- Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce
- Hospitality NZ
- NZ Manufacturers and Exporters Association
- Retailers Association
- University of Canterbury
- Lincoln University