Wellington accelerator looking for Aussie talent

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Wellington accelerator looking for Aussie talent

A new GovTech accelerator in New Zealand is on the hunt for innovation teams.

The Lightning Lab GovTech Accelerator in Wellington, New Zealand is due to open in mid-2018, aiming to attract up to ten teams of innovators from Australia and other countries to work on new ways for governments to connect with people.

The accelerator has the support of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and Victoria University of Wellington.

It will be run by WREDA's CreativeHQ incubator, which has GovTech experience from its three-year involvement with the R9 Accelerator, one of the world's first GovTech accelerators.

Creative HQ head of acceleration Brett Holland said: “We will be working closely with government agencies to build on our GovTech success and digital government transformation.”

WREDA general manager of business growth and innovation David Jones added: “Wellington is the ideal centre for driving GovTech and teams that enter the accelerator will have access to the city's rich public sector and creative startup culture.

“In partnership with both national and local government, participants in the new Lightning Lab GovTech accelerator will gain from Creative HQ's expertise as they create solutions to improve the frontline performance of government agencies around the world.”

Applications for the Lightning Lab GovTech Accelerator are not yet open, but for more information.

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