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?

Eight teams have been 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. The ventures become fully immersed in the programme, relocating to out space in central Wellington from bootcamp through Demo Day.

Key Dates



Demo Day



Register for your Demo Day tickets before 12 May

What is Demo Day?

An opportunity to celebrate our 7 amazing ventures.

Demo Day is an pitch showcase for our seven Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator ventures. It's an evening to celebrate the founders, their journey and the flourishing New Zealand FinTech Ecosystem. After the pitches and the speakers, there'll be an opportunity to connect with the ventures and the FinTech community over a drink.

Sounds great! When is it?

Friday 19 May, doors open 4.30pm

Want to come along? Register for you ticket here, no later than Friday May 12.

Loved it. Thrown in at the deep end, access to expertise, diverse range of knowledge.

Kareena Harris and Jenny Buckler, The Misprint Co