Centre for
growth &




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

It is a home, physically and virtually, for early-stage high-growth startups made possible by the partnership between Ministry of Awesome, Ara Institute of Canterbury and ChristchurchNZ.

Te Ōhaka is supported by HTK Group where we collaborate to ensure all startups have a strong awareness to Maori principles of business and support Māori and indigenous groups to build better futures through innovation and entrepreneurship.

We work with bold startups with global ambition across all sectors, at their early stage.


Te Ōhaka is the home of high-growth startups in NZ

Te Ōhaka is an innovation space for startups who think boldly. It’s where the high-growth startup community lives and where members collaborate, emulate and press accelerate. It is also a virtual community, supporting startups across the country who may be physically separated and participating remotely.

Founder Catalyst Programme

For any NZ founder, in person, or virtual, to receive best-in-class incubation support

Receive mentorship from expert startup mentors and sector-leading advisors

Opportunity to pitch and get introduced to potential investors

Masterclasses and training workshops facilitated by industry-leading experts

A community of talented founders with whom you can exchange ideas and collaborate

Access to a strong talent pipeline from Ara Institute of Canterbury

Co-working office space where your company will thrive

Learn more about Founder Catalyst