Te Ōhaka – Centre for Growth and Innovation is wholly dedicated to supporting, nurturing, and growing New Zealand start-ups and innovators with bold ambition and the drive to transform our world by staying true to the principles of kaitiakitanga and culturally intelligent business.

As the home of high-growth startups in Christchurch, it is a partnership founded by Ara Institute of Canterbury and Ministry of Awesome and fuelled by our lead partners, EY, Wynn Williams, and BNZ.

Te Ōhaka is the innovation space for startups who think audaciously. It’s where the high growth start-up community lives and where members collaborate, emulate and press accelerate. There are currently 19 startups growing their ventures at Te Ōhaka alongside Ministry of Awesome’s business incubation team with continual support and assistance from our partners and the wider New Zealand innovation ecosystem.

This is a city resource dedicated to the growth and success of all parties involved in Christchurch and Canterbury’s startup and innovation ecosystem.  We are located in Ara’s high profile Kahukura building on Moorhouse Avenue and are currently taking applications from startups and innovators with bold ambition.

Te Ōhaka is the home of high-growth startups in Christchurch.

Te Ōhaka is the innovation space for startups who think bold. It’s where the high growth start-up community lives and where members collaborate, emulate and press accelerate.

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At Te Ōhaka, you’ll have access to:

Joint access to entrepreneur-rich and well-networked community

A mentorship programme led by sector and ecosystem leaders

Customised education, capability building and opportunities to pitch

100+ events per year

A fixed ‘home’ in which to network and collaborate

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Our upcoming events, programmes and activator sessions

Te Ōhaka is where the Christchurch startup community lives. Come along to any of our weekly events or learn more about our programmes and activator sessions.

Aug 4
Coffee & Jam: FlowWatch and Jeffrey Ling
Tuesday 4th August 2020, 12.30 pm, Zoom
Jul 27
Accelerate the future of healthcare with HealthTech Supernode Challenge
Monday 27th July 2020, 4.00 pm, Zoom
Jul 20
HealthTech Supernode Challenge – Information Webinar
Monday 20th July 2020, 4.00 pm, Zoom
Jul 30
Startup Breakfast Club: Supernode, KiwiNet and HealthTech Challenge
Thursday 30th July 2020, 7.30 am, Te Ōhaka - K Block, Ara Institute of Canterbury
Jun 25
Startup Breakfast Club Virtual: From Idea to Activation
Thursday 25th June 2020, 8.00 am, Zoom
Jun 2
Coffee & Jam featuring Startmate
Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 12.30 pm, Zoom

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Have a look at our latest news stories and commentary from our team and success stories. If you have something you'd like to contribute, please get in touch with our curator at info@teohaka.co.nz.

August 10th, 2020

Te Ōhaka becomes the engine room for early stage startups in Christchurch

Monday 10 August [Above: Te Ōhaka Centre for Growth and Innovation]   A…

July 27th, 2020

Te Ōhaka’s latest startup brings corporate sustainability one step closer 

Sustainability 360 is a startup founded to help corporates track and report on…

July 17th, 2020

Hon James Shaw Talks Sustainability at Te Ōhaka

The Hon. James Shaw, the New Zealand Government’s Minister for Climate Change and…

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