Lightning Lab partners with Microsoft Ventures

Many of the successful ventures New Zealand Entrepreneurs writes about have been through Lightning Lab, New Zealand’s leading startup accelerator. Entrepreneurs who have been involved with the program have only good things to say about the team and the startup environment in our interviews.

That’s why we were excited to hear that Lightning Lab has announced a partnership with Microsoft Ventures to provide local entrepreneurs with mentorship, support and access to top technical and business talent.

“It’s great to have this significant partnership with an organisation like Microsoft Ventures, alongside other great programmes like 500 Startups and SeedCamp,” says Dan Khan, director of Lightning Lab. “We have been working hard to build on the success from Lightning Lab 2013. While the hard work is still ahead, this partnership is extremely encouraging for the startups in the programme and for the investors who have put their money back into Lightning Lab.”

Lightning Lab 2014 will start on March 3rd and provide some of the most promising startups in New Zealand with an immersive 12-week programme to accelerate their ideas and bring new ventures to market. The teams selected for the program will be announced in the next week.

Thiago Almeida, technical evangelist at Microsoft New Zealand, leads the mentoring involvement in Lightning Lab from Microsoft Ventures. The startups in the program will gain access to the latest tools and resources provided through the Microsoft BizSpark programme, free tablets and smartphones. Founders will also benefit from direct access to technology experts, support and mentorship from Microsoft’s international network.

“We support entrepreneurial communities all over the world and Lightning Lab is a leading engine in the New Zealand startup scene,” said Almeida. “We see this partnership as a way to help foster local innovation across the country by working with the next generation of startups and entrepreneurs that have an opportunity to change the world.”

Lightning Lab 2014 will start on 3 March and culminate on a Demo Day on 28 May to showcase startups in the programme to the New Zealand investment community.

If you’d like to be a part of Lightning Lab, fill out the Expression of Interest Form here.

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