Whāia te iti kahurangi! - Strive for something of great value!

Zenith provides a new model for early-stage Wellington startups to unleash your potential.

Mission

Why are we here? To create change, jobs, and a thriving Wellington Startup community.

What is a thriving startup community? Well, we don't believe in re-inventing the wheel. We've studied the best accelerators around the world and we've adopted the philosophy of inclusiveness and creativity. We agree that the effort should be led by entrepreneurs. We believe in connection and creating a loose network of players that drive innovation.

We believe in taping into the greatest resource available to start-ups, the knowledge resource that exists in Wellington and around the globe.

Why invest in the Wellington Startup Community?

Companies around the globe are investing in startups–knowing that innovation is fundamental to their success. Without access to the best thinking and latest technology, they are dead in the water. Country borders are irrelevant when it comes to connecting the right people to make it all possible. We want to make sure Wellington is part of this trend.

Become a Mentor

We are always looking for mentors. Overseas accelerators have proven that it's well worth the return on your investment. When the right connection is made, great ideas get driven forward, faster. Share your experience and become part of something magical.

Inclusiveness is Fundamental

Yes. We believe we are better together. So, let's get together! Entrepreneurship is not a zero-sum game. Founders working with founders, working with government, corporations, lawyers, accountants and the Universities. Everyone with a passion for innovation can play a role. You never know where the next great idea it going to come from. Opportunities for participation include:

Create a meet-up
Drive a start-up weekend
Establish an open coffee club
Attend our quarterly zoom discussion



How we work

Committed.

Each year we select 20 early-stage startups for a 3-month, play full-out, accelerator program to get your team and product market-ready.


Start now

Values.

Our philosophy is inclusive, hands-on, active, and global. We provide office space and access to an international network of investors, advisors, and mentors.


Join the community.

Entrepreneurship is not a zero-sum game. We all succeed together. We believe the power of the entrepreneurial ecosystem is key to job growth and economic success.


People

Founding Partners



Eran Ben-Shahar
CEO

Wellington, New Zealand

I'm looking for smart, scientifically skilled, ego-free founders that have got un-compromised execution capabilities




Edwin Rakanui
Executive Board Member

Wellington, New Zealand

I’m obsessed with empowering others, continuous improvement, and having a big life mindset. "Why fit in when you were born to stand out" - Dr Seuss



Elyssa Nager

Boulder, Colorado

Elyssa Nager, Marketing Strategist, Author, Entrepreneur.
"It takes a village." - African Proverb







Mentors



Tatsiana Zaretskaya
Tallinn, Estonia
Forbes 30 under 30 awarded, a leader and mentor of international startups
Yaniv Gal
Auckland, New Zealand
CTO of leading startups, AI specialist, PhD from university of Queensland
Nick Harvey
Wellington, New Zealand
Leadership & Business Expert Consultant, Director and TED speaker
Stephen Blackheath
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Technology Guru, author of "Functional Reactive Programming"
Amandine Flachs
London, UK
An entrepreneur, an influencer VC Talent Scout
Evelina Kek
Sydney, Australia
PMO, Taking startups to market and beyond
Alex Lyhovez
Tel Aviv, Israel
B2B Marketing & Business Development Expert
Viktor Shlapkin
Sydney, Australia
A startups tech growth expert & handson experienced CTO
Refael Shamir
Tel Aviv, Israel
A Serial entrepreneur, startup consultant, MVP specialist

12 weeks MVP focused programme

Zenith 12 weeks programme is focused at getting you to market within 12 weeks. We would work with you in two parallel lanes - establishing your company pack, and getting you to launch an MVP.



X
Zenith Accelerator Expression Of Inetrest
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
What is your name and Email?
What problem or need are you addressing?
In one sentence, what is your solution or idea?
Who is your target market / audience?
What motivates you?
Who is in your team?
At which stage are you?
Do you have some funds for basic expenses?
What do you think Zenith can offer you?
Why do you think we should work together?
   
X
Tatsiana Zaretskaya
Tallinn, Estonia

Tatsiana Zaretskaya is an awarded entrepreneur from Estonia, a lawyer in her background and a mother of a 4 years old, founder of Laava Tech – which develops and manufactures smart LED lighting solutions for a variety of industries including vertical and hydroponics farms and insect protein operations.

Tatsiana is the winner of many personal awards like Forbes 30 under 30, Europe, Industry & Manufacturing 2020, The Outstanding Young Persons Award 2019 (Tokyo, Japan), European Institute of Technology (EIT) Women – Country Coordinator 2018-2019, UN and OSCE Scholarship for Peace and Security 2018 (Vienna, Austria) and more.

Laava Tech under her leadership was the winner of many startup competitions and awards like Make It In China 2019 (Guangzhou, China), Polar Bear Pitching Competition 2018 (Oulu, Finland), EIT Food Accelerator 2019 (Haifa, Israel), Hello Tomorrow Deep Tech Pioneer 2018 and 2019 (Paris, France), Laava Tech and others.
X
Yaniv Gal
Auckland, New Zealand

Yaniv is well versed in the tech start-up life-cycle and has played a key role in building world-leading technologies in various fields, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, and medical imaging. His most recent roles include: CTO at MoleMap, CTO at Biolumic, AI Director at Ohmio Automotion, and Research Program Manager at Compac Sorting. Yaniv holds a PhD from the University of Queensland and is an author of dozens of academic papers and patents.
X
Nick Harvey
Wellington, New Zealand

Having spent a decade working in the USA in the very competitive business environment, Nick returned to New Zealand in 2002, leveraged his international experience and bought an ailing packaging company. Turning it into a highly successful business, Nick sold in 2008 and began consulting to other business owners. Nick has a direct and highly energised style that motivates his clients and holds them accountable. For a better understanding of Nick's approach to leadership, check out his Ted-X talk.
Deep Water Consulting
X
Amandine Flachs
London, UK

Amandine Flachs, originally from Paris, is living and working in London. She is a co-founder of a startup company doing AI for sports games, a Youtube broadcaster and a startup consultant.

In this interview we introduce Amandine and her startup, we discuss the covid19 pandemic affect in London, how is it to be a French immigrant to London and more.

Amandine’s Bio:

Supporting early-stage entrepreneurs in for the past 10 years in France, the USA and the UK, Amandine has helped transform technical solutions into understandable commercial offers, launch innovative products, build communities, and bring technical & non-technical teams together to kickstart projects and approach new markets.

Today, she is the co-founder of WildMeta, a young AI startup for esports and competitive video games training.

Amandine is an active Venture Scout for the London-based fund Backed VC, she also dedicates some of her time to mentor early-stage startups through accelerators & programmes and volunteers with diversity initiatives.

To put some light on amazing founders she comes across, Amandine also produces and hosts a series of live video interviews called Entrepreneurs Playing Games where she deep dives into entrepreneurs’ journey after playing video games with her guests. More at www.flachsconsulting.com

Youtube: https://youtube.com/AmandineFlachs
X
Alex Lyhovez
Tel Aviv, Israel

Alex Lyhovz, a B2B Marketing & Business Development Expert.

With over ten years of experience in global markets. A storyteller, ultra learner, and enthusiast entrepreneur with a dedication to helping other tech innovators. Nowadays performs as a managing partner at YozmaTech, a hub of top-notch developers from Ukraine that empowers startups worldwide.

Yozma Tech: https://yozmatech.com/
X
Refael Shamir
Tel Aviv, Israel

A Serial entrepreneur, startup consultant, MVP specialist.

Serial entrepreneur, startup consultant, and ideation to first MVP specialist, spanning across the fields of Consumer Electronics, MedTech, Safety & Security among others, Refael is an engineer by profession and is currently the founder behind Letos - a startup company working in the field of behavioral sciences, and an external lecturer at IUBH University of Applied Sciences.
Refael carries over many years of experience from both large corporates and established startups alike, enabling him to structure a well-thought plan for executing new projects while having in mind design and manufacturing at scale.
Combining his passion for engineering and the study of human emotion, Refae has presented his work at many technical conferences across the world, including NVIDIA GTC, OptechBB, TransTech, MOVE, and countless other pitch events, as well as to corporates.

Letos: http://www.letos.me//
X
Viktor Shlapkin
Sydney, Australia

A hands-on CTO, helping startups grow their tech, teams and business

Viktor is an experienced, hands-on CTO and Software Architect who has worked in IT for the past 15 years. He is currently a CTO at Driva, a fintech startup connecting the customers with the right car finance. A leader and a mentor, Viktor enjoys helping startups grow and volunteering his time and expertise to help them do it.

Viktor has been a founding member in multiple early-stage startups and a key player in helping them grow technologically, grow their business, build their teams and establish the right culture from the very beginning.

Viktor’s extensive experience in multiple industries - gaming, social media intelligence, fintech and education gives him a unique outlook on creating the right mix of technology, people and vision to make the company successful.

Viktor’s expertise is in growing teams, choosing the right tech, helping founders move fast and pivot when needed.
X
Evelina Kek
Sydney, Australia

An experienced Product Manager, taking startups to market and beyond.

Evelina is an experienced Product Manager and a versatile specialist. An educator by profession, she has been working in startups and IT for the past seven years.  


Her career spans a number of roles including Head of Support Team, Engineering and others, all of which have led her to Product Management. Thanks to all these experiences, she knows how to build a product from scratch, find the right audience and channels for it, take it to market, and bridge the gap between an MVP or a prototype and the finished product. She can also help start understanding your customer better and what they need, build a functional support team, understand technical requirements and ‘find the right words’ working with developers and technical folk to get them excited about the product they are creating.

Evelina has experience with both B2B and B2C companies, which take a very different approach to succeed. 

She has been a key player in helping the companies grow and establishing the right culture and processes, setting the product vision, building a roadmap of features and prioritising them to create the right marketable mix of product features.