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The Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator is a three-month business growth programme powered by New Zealand’s premier startup accelerator brand, Lightning Lab. This programme is designed to help FinTech companies compete on a global scale.

Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator: Do you want to build the future of NZ's Financial Services?

Up to ten teams will be accepted, gaining access to NZ’s largest network of financial services experts and a high-quality pool of startup mentors. Teams will work directly with Kiwibank, Xero and other financial industry partners.

They’ll practice market validation and product development approaches used by companies like Google, IDEO, and Tesla. At the end of the three months, each team will have the opportunity to pitch for investment at Demo Day, in front of New Zealand's top angel investors and early stage venture funds.

What is an Accelerator Programme?

An accelerator is a full-time, in-residence, fast-paced and time constrained business-growth programme that helps entrepreneurs build successful businesses in a short timeframe. You’ll become fully immersed in the programme - you’ll need to be prepared to relocate to Wellington from bootcamp through demo day.

Key Dates



All applications close



Selection day



Bootcamp starts



Accelerator Programme starts



Demo day



Accelerator Programme ends

Why Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator 2017?

1. Network Effect

With the first fintech accelerator in New Zealand comes direct access to the country's financial industry. Tap into established supply chains, partner models and deep sector expertise. Gain mentorship from the best business and technical minds in the country.

2. Rapid Growth Environment

Put your team to the test, work in brand new ways and focus your full attention on your venture. Quickly determine how to gain product-market fit and grow your base of customers.

3. Become a Great Founder

The accelerator programme offers you the chance to surround yourself with like-minded founders who are experiencing the same challenges and opportunities as you are. Gain access to some of the brightest leaders in NZ business and use those connections to learn how to fast track your business to success both within New Zealand and internationally.

4. Access to Investment

The accelerator programme positions you to attract critical seed funding from top investors to propel your company’s growth. Lightning Lab companies have raised over $12m in collective funding over the last 3 years.


Mentors play an active and crucial role in the programme. These are some of New Zealand’s top minds in business, innovation and startups. They’ll join you in the trenches, connect you to partners and prepare you for the growth journey ahead. If you are interested in being a Mentor for the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator, please get in touch.

View our full list of Lightning Lab Mentors

Sam Knowles

Conor Sligo

Mandy Simpson

Anna Guenther