Venture Up Business Accelerator Programme

29 July 2014

A new start-up business accelerator programme for aspiring young entrepreneurs and innovators will help to give their ventures the push they need to succeed.

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Venture Up will help young entrepreneurs

We’re proud to sponsor Venture Up, for graduates of the Young Enterprise Scheme. 

Run by Young Enterprise Trust and Wellington’s Lightning Lab, the 6-week programme will take place in the Capital next January and February and bring a group of talented young people to the city. 

Venture Up is designed to give a selection of Young Enterprise ventures and teams the opportunity to make the jump from graduate level to having real prospects for growth. A showcase event in February will see teams present their business ventures’ potential to attract support, mentors and funding from other entrepreneurs and the business community. 

The Young Enterprise Trust works alongside hundreds of schools throughout New Zealand, to inspire, educate and transform students through enterprise experiences. Venture Up will further support and develop Young Enterprise Scheme graduates who show outstanding entrepreneurial talent and promise. 

Venture Up is based on New Zealand’s leading accelerator programme, Lightning Lab, which was founded by the hugely successful Wellington start-up incubator, Creative HQ, and has generated $5 million in investment for participating companies in two years. 

Applications for Venture Up open in September – go to