Lightning Labs Manufacturing
Finalists - Supporting GoldShawn O'Keefe
Kickstarting Start-Ups

New Zealand’s first-ever accelerator for hardware and physical products, Lightning Lab Manufacturing came out of a partnership between Grow Wellington, Creative HQ, Callaghan Innovation and the Hutt City Council.

“The idea is to give startups making physical products the opportunity for rapid growth,” Programme Director Shawn O’Keefe says. “It’s a combination of seed feeding, world-class mentoring and mind-expanding workshops – along with lean startup and agile methodologies.”

The inaugural programme gave seven new ventures a kickstart in 2015, and got a bit of a boost itself with the creation of 1st Assembly – a new community space based in Lower Hutt for prototyping and hardware development. Discussions regarding a future manufacturing accelerator are ongoing.

Learn more: www.lightninglab.co.nz/manufacturing-wellington
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