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Startup New Zealand underwrites and supports regional and national communities of entrepreneurs, technical talent and related organisations. We support programmes including Startup Weekends to encourage early stage entrepreneurs and their ventures. Entrepreneurship can be difficult and risky, but by working together we can realise our goal of a connected, innovative and prosperous New Zealand.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Between 2013 - 2017 New Zealand was a global leader in the Startup Weekend community, having more events and more facilitators per head of capita than any other country. This was due to a nationally coordinated approach underwritten by Startup New Zealand.

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