Lightning Lab announces programme finalists for 2014

It’s that time of the year again. Ten of New Zealand’s best startup business prospects will start Lightning Lab’s second digital startup acceleration programme on Monday (3 March).

Lightning Lab’s second programme garnered 150 startup enquiries from all over New Zealand and places as far flung as Ukraine, Vietnam, and New York. The intake for this year’s programme is all about picking quality, and doing more work up front paid off, Lightning Lab director Dan Khan says.

Chosen by the Lightning Lab founding investors, each of the final ten teams is funded with $18,000 in exchange for 8% equity. The teams, from Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson, Levin and Wellington, will base themselves in Wellington for the programme.

Without further ado, may we present the 10 startups participating in Lightning Lab:

*drum roll*

  • Cavaltech – tools and analytics for the horse shoeing industry
  • Glass jar – automated management for shared bank accounts (read our article on Glass jar)
  • Common Ledger – unifying accounting data standards
  • Twingl – online note-taking and sematic linking tool for researchers
  • Cogo – inspiring people to achieve goals through donations
  • TradeIntel – pricing and recommendations tools for online auctions
  • Cloud Cannon – website content management for graphic designers
  • Keen – spontaneous matching people to shared activities
  • CoachSeek – marketplace for professional sports coaches
  • WaterGenie – smart water monitoring meters in the cloud


We look forward writing about the entrepreneurs behind these startups as they journey through the different stages of the startup cycle. 2014 is going to be a great year.

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