Founder Catalyst is a programme of the Ministry of Awesome. All applications are reviewed by a panel selected by The criteria for being eligible to participate in the 9-month incubation programme is as follows:

  • Have physical presence in or about to relocate to Christchurch (e.g. headquarter, operations, manufacturing, R&D) [for virtual incubation applicants, ignore this criteria]
  • Have innovative tech-based product and/or innovative business model which is highly scalable.
  • Have at least a working beta of the product.
  • Have early signs of market validation and/or possess evidence of high growth potential.
  • Have a logical overseas expansion plan/readiness.
  • Coachable founder(s) who align with our values.
  • Preferably have a team of at least 2 members but no more than 5 members, comprising at least 1 full-time or near-full-time founder.
  • Preferably have not raised more than NZ$500k in external funding.
  • Preferably have not achieved more than NZ$100k in annual revenue

From here, the selection panel will then rank and select the best applicants from the pool for the upcoming cohort. Applicants who are not selected will have an opportunity to apply again.

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