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.

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
May 27
Emerging Stronger: Aotearoa’s Innovation Edge
Wednesday 27th May 2020, 8.00 am, Zoom
May 14
Fireside Chats: Understanding Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme
Thursday 14th May 2020, 4.00 pm, Zoom
May 5
Coffee & Jam: Founders mindset and wellbeing
Tuesday 5th May 2020, 12.30 pm, Zoom
May 7
Startup Breakfast Club: Leadership in hard times
Thursday 7th May 2020, 8.00 am, Zoom

Our Residents

Meet the residents and businesses who make up our community.

Check out our latest news

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.

June 30th, 2020

Coffee & Jam Virtual: featuring Blue Cradle and Hillfarrance

Join us at Coffee & Jam next week as we will first hear…

June 29th, 2020

Challenge aims to position Christchurch as NZ’s centre of health innovation 

Ōtautahi Christchurch aims to become the home of health tech innovation in New…

June 16th, 2020

Smart Christchurch Hackathon succeeds in making Christchurch a smarter city

The ‘Smart Christchurch Hackathon’ at Te Ōhaka on Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Madras…

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