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Week 9 the Employee Experience Growth Tactics and a Visit From Our Stakeholders

Sam Gadd: team culture How do you build an amazing culture? Samantha Gadd from Humankind shared her... read more

Team Focus: Greenbase

Current payment rails tend to be costly, slow, outdated or locked away in banks. Financial innovator... read more

Sponsor Spotlight: Ando

New Zealand-based insurance business Ando is a new face in the FinTech market. So what made a new bu... read more

Week Eight From Silicon Valley Stories to Anti Money Laundering and Reigning Victorious…

Victoria Ransom & Alain Chuard From Rangitikei to Silicon Valley. Victoria Ransom is one of New... read more

Team Focus: Jrny

Great customer experiences and service can drastically increase satisfaction and loyalty towards any... read more

Week 7: Lessons from a lawyer, an Insurance broker and an Actor

The Leo Experience We entered the workshop and Leo immediately kicked us off with a big question…... read more

Week 6: Feel the rhythm! get on up, its half way time!

Half-Way HOO-RAY??? The KFA has reached the halfway point and we can’t decide if this is a good thi... read more

Sponsor Spotlight: Callaghan Innovation

Formed in 2013, Callaghan Innovation is the New Zealand government agency tasked with driving innova... read more

Team Focus: Choice

What if you could support the charities you care about everyday without any constraints or sacrifice... read more

Week 5: MOD's in Town, perfect UX and finding your gig

Mike “MOD” O’Donnell This week the teams met Mike “MOD” O’Donnell, who shared his expertise and ver... read more

Team Focus: Hnry

As more people veer towards flexibility to allow for better work-life balance and role satisfaction,... read more

Week 4: Asking questions, payments and crypto

Selling grass to a sheep Amanda Santos – leader, influencer, and CEO of Tekron – came armed with Gr... read more

Week 3: Sprints and getting digital

Aro Digital How do you find your first 100 customers? What does an effective digital marketing stra... read more

Team Focus: Ilumony

With the rising cost of rent, house prices and living, consumers are looking to get more from their... read more

Week 2: Rocking the boat on the journey for knowledge and treasure

The CEO boat that rocked All of our CEOs came together this week with executive coach Julie Treanor... read more

Sponsor Spotlight: Kiwibank

It’s in the name, but what made Kiwibank step up to partner with an accelerator programme? We sat do... read more

Week 1: Pizza with old friends and ‘date-nights’ to make new ones…

Alumni Pizza Party The KFA hosted a pizza party (wOop WOoP) for our KFA cohort and some Lightning L... read more

Meet the Lab Techs: Mathew Boyles

Meet Mathew, our UX and web dev lab tech, who is supporting the programme team with his customer-cen... read more

Meet the Lab Techs: Dalaney Davis

Meet Dalaney, our marketing lab tech and environmental-entrepreneur, who is supporting the participa... read more

Meet the Lab Techs: Kadri Uljas

Lab techs and interns help keep the gears greased and the wheels turning in the day-to-day running o... read more

Meet the Lab Techs: Eric Dritley

Meet Eric, a recent economics graduate from the US, who is supporting the programme team with his re... read more

Sponsor Spotlight: Creative HQ

To make the programme a reality, the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator has drawn support from the FinTech... read more

Bootcamp: Making us Lean and keen to get started

The Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator 2.0 is officially underway, here are our top three lessons from Boo... read more

Meet Laura Reitel, Programme Director, and James Swope, Programme Manager

Get to know the people from behind the scenes, helping to run the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator 2.0.... read more

Welcome to Our New Teams

WELCOME TO OUR CONFIRMED TEAMS! There’s something for everyone in this year’s Kiwibank FinTech Acce... read more

What Falls Under FinTech?

One of the questions we get asked a lot is “what is FinTech” and “does my business qualify?”. The an... read more

Finnotec 2017 - where financial innovation meets technology

Interested in shaping the future of FinTech? It takes a whole community to effect change. “Finnotec... read more

KFA 2.0 Essentials

The Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator is a full-time, in-residence business-growth programme that enables... read more

Corporate, meet startup

Companies that last are those that constantly challenge themselves, their operating model, and the v... read more

FinTech Global CEOs

FinTech is pretty much still a buzzword around down here, but in lots of other countries, what were... read more

FinTech and Social Good

There are some massive changes happening in our world. And even though I like to think of myself as... read more

FinTech, APIs and Collaboration

FinTech is transforming our economic world and, for financial institutions, represents a pervasive t... read more

How FinTech is the future of the financial sector

Believe the Hype You’ve heard the rumours. Word on the street is that FinTech is the hottest thing... read more

Team Profile: Wicket

As New Zealand’s most innovative bank and the the main sponsor of the FinTech Accelerator, it was on... read more

Team Profile: Teddy

Teddy is New Zealand’s latest insurance advice start-up helping businesses understand the importance... read more

Creating a culture of communication

Early stage startups often present unique opportunities and flexible team role definitions. The best... read more

FinTech in the world

While we’re excited to be running New Zealand’s first FinTech accelerator, the FinTech movement is a... read more

Team Profile: Accounting Pod

From the Deep South to Wellingtons KFA – now that’s commitment! Welcome AccountingPod and its co-fo... read more

What makes a good FinTech accelerator programme?

We’re entering the 9th week of the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator Programme! How time flies when you’r... read more

Team Profile: Liberac

Across the world, it’s estimated that one in ten people send or receive money transfers on a regular... read more

Spotlight on Sponsors: Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation is a government agency supporting hi-tech businesses in New Zealand. We sat dow... read more

Staying Sane & Savvy

Starting a business of any kind is not for the feint hearted. Especially if you join an entrepreneur... read more

Team profile: Sharesies

Say hello to New Zealand’s, and possibly one of the world’s, most innovative investment platforms wh... read more

So You Wanna Get Into FinTech?

  Ok, you’ve heard of FinTech, that lovely portmanteau of financial technology. You know it’s a gro... read more

How Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator teams are building resilience

We are halfway through the FinTech Accelerator, leaving our teams with 57 days until Demo Day on May... read more

China Fintech Behemoth to Watch

Financial times are changing, and they’re changing faster in China than in other other country. Toda... read more

Spotlight on sponsors: Kiwibank

Founded in 2001, Kiwibank has been helping every day New Zealanders manage their money, plan for the... read more

Women in FinTech: it's a thing

In homage to International Women’s Day last week we take a look at the ladies making FinTech fabulou... read more

Growing a FinTech startup: Legal Tips

Whilst presenting at CreativeHQ recently the teams appeared to be both surprised and delighted that... read more

FinTech: A bank’s bestie or frenemy?

Welcome to the future of banking where large tech companies, startups and financial services incumbe... read more

Pitch perfect: 3 things to help you craft a successful investment pitch

One of the most important parts of the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator programme is the creation of the... read more

Fintech: An industry & a movement

You may have heard about it because it’s everywhere right now, but ‘FinTech’ is more than the hype t... read more

FinTech in New Zealand and Beyond, Lachlan Heussler

Managing Director, Spotcap Australia and New Zealand New Zealand, Australia’s greener and more se... read more

Introducing David Moskovitz, Entrepreneur in Residence for the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator

  Quick Facts Favourite Wellington cafe: Little Penang Most used app: Email (unfortunately) Fintec... read more

Peter Fletcher-Dobson Reflects on Week 1

This week, Peter Fletcher-Dobson, digital advisor for Kiwibank, discusses the first week of the Kiwi... read more

And They're Off: KFA Launch Event

It’s kickoff! Yesterday was our launch event for KFA! Participants were warmly welcomed and given th... read more

Meet Rosie Wall, Programme Manager

Quick Facts: Favourite Wellington cafe: Maranui Cafe Most used app: Snapchat Fintech startup to wat... read more

Bootcamp Recap: Houston, We Have Lift Off

This week we were off to a roaring start at New Zealand’s first Fintech accelerator as our 9 teams w... read more

Say Hello to our 2017 Cohort

Introducing the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator Participants The day is finally here, we have confirme... read more

Meet Rick Brown, Mentor In Residence

  Quick Facts: Favourite Wellington cafe: Sixes and Sevens Most used app: Wunderlist Fintech start... read more

Selection Day Team Profiles

On the 14th of December 2016 seventeen teams pitched their hearts out in a fight for just eight plac... read more

Market Validation Course Wrap Up

Mission complete! In a New Zealand accelerator programme first, the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator Mar... read more

Introducing Kristen Lunman as Programme Director of the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator

Quick Facts Favourite Wellington Cafe: Prefab Most used App: Slack FinTech startup to watch: Person... read more

KFA Applicant Breakdown

We were pleased with the application pool for our first ever Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator. Here’s wh... read more

Always Be Selling

I might as well get the punchlines out of the way.  If you don’t read any more than another 100 word... read more

Perks of the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator

Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator teams and Alumni can take advantage of the perks that are made availabl... read more

Market Validation Course: Week Two Update

Last week we barrelled ahead with the Market Validation Course, setting the teams up with collaborat... read more

Webinar #4: Serge Van Dam

Serge Van Dam shared his success story with FinTech startup M-Com and chatted about the opportunitie... read more

Market Validation Course: Week One Update

This week we were excited to kick off the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator Market Validation Course, wit... read more

Hon Paul Goldsmith Speech to SavvyKiwi Finnotech Conference

Hon Paul Goldsmith Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Speech to SavvyKiwi Finnotech Confere... read more

Finding a Co-founder

Year after year we see single founders with great businesses ideas but without the know-how around h... read more

Application Tips: The Team

This week’s the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator application tip is the most important one: The Team. W... read more

Webinar #3: What it means to be in FinTech

We listened to Trent Fulcher and Rick Brown talk about the opportunities in FinTech and heard about... read more

Why you should get in touch with us early

Since it is in human nature to leave these things to the last possible minute, we wanted to go over... read more

Application Tips: The Video

As part of the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator application process, we will give you the opportunity to... read more

Application Tips: The Elevator Pitch

We’re about to be in the throes of reviewing applications for the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator, so w... read more

Webinar #2: Market Validation Course

We listened to Jeff Mann and Natalie Robinson from The Validator talk about the benefits of attendin... read more

What is the Market Validation Course?

We’re excited to be offering a New Zealand accelerator programme first: a free 5-week Market Validat... read more

Webinar #1: Corporate and Startup Partnerships

We listened to Peter Fletcher-Dobson from Kiwibank and Danny Smith from Xero talk about the opportun... read more

Is the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator worth doing?

So you’ve got a great idea for a business, and some passionate people to work on it with you. You’ve... read more

FinTech Press Release

LIGHTNING LAB AND KIWIBANK ANNOUNCE SECOND FINTECH ACCELERATOR Creative HQ’s Lightning Lab, Kiwiban... read more