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

After the sucess of the inaugural programme earlier this year, the Kiwibank FinTech accelerator will return in February 2018. 

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

Following on from the success of the first Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator in 2017, the second Accelerator will commence in early 2018. Applications will open in October 2017!

What's 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 our space in central Wellington from bootcamp through to Demo Day.

Key Dates



Applications Open



Applications Close



Programme Starts

Sounds great! How do we apply?

Applications open October 2017

We're almost ready to accept applications for the 2018 Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator. Keep an eye on this website during October to be the first one in. 

Who should apply?

Startups that disrupt financial services

The Kiwibank FinTech accelerator invites all seed or pre-seed financial technology startups to apply. We want international applications, as well as applications from across New Zealand. Not sure whether your venture is right for this programme? Contact us, and we can help find the right move for you and your venture. 

The first Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator was a catalyst for a FinTech sector in New Zealand. The 2018 Accelerator will build on this momentum.

Being part of the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator helped us turn our idea into a business. Providing us with the momentum, tools and support we needed along the way

Sonya Williams, Sharesies