Tupu Accelerator overview

Delivered from April – June, the accelerator will feature four key learning wānanga and culminate in an online showcase. Core elements of building startups will be delivered throughout the programme, including business fundamentals, finance and financial modelling, and preparing for the venture capital ecosystem through pitch practice and investor collateral preparation.

Wānanga tuatahi: Problem validation

Participants dive deep into the needs and demands of their target customers to understand their key pain point. Through customer validation and market sizing techniques, participants understand the core of the problem to solve.

Wānanga tuarua: Solution validation

Achieving a clear problem definition enables rakahinonga to rigorously test the product concept, with feedback loops to continue to test and iterate the solution.

Wānanga tuatoru: Product development

Solutions are taken through an intensive wireframing design process to develop the MVP: the development approach to quickly produce a product that meets minimum levels of useability for the target customers.

Wānanga tuawhā: Sales and Marketing

Building the sales process to acquire target customers, including product pricing, lead conversion, promotion channels, brand value and storytelling.

Kaupapa Date Location
Applications open 26 February  Online
Applications close 25 March  Online
Selection wānanga
for shortlisted teams
5 – 6 April  Online
Mihi whakatau
and Wānanga tuatahi
19 – 20 April  Tāmaki Makaurau
2 x weekly lunchtime coaching, 1 x weekly one-on-one sessions  20 April – 27 June Online
Wānanga tuarua 10 – 11 May Tāmaki Makaurau
Wānanga tuatoru 31 May – 1 June  Tāmaki Makaurau
Wānanga tuawhā 26 June  Tāmaki Makaurau
Final showcase 27 June  Tāmaki Makaurau
and Online

Ō mātou pūkenga | Our mentors

Saara Tawha

Te Pūoho Kātene

Chelsea Hirst