Access the support you need
Below you will find information on where you can access support for startups and small to medium size businesses, tertiary students and schools, those looking for work experience, opportunities for investment, and other help and resources to facilitate growth, innovation and the building of capacity in digital and ICT.
Looking for talent?
In addition to this list of supporting organisations, if you are looking for IT staff or have an opportunity for a tertiary student to work on a project or placement basis with your organisation in the area of digital and/or ICT please provide us with some more information and we will be in touch.
Work with a University student or graduate
Whether it's an internship, volunteering opportunity or graduate position, the University of Waikato can help you connect with our students and recent graduates to fulfil your staffing needs.
Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato
New Zealand’s leading cyber security lab works to return control of your data to you, , the data owner, by focusing on research addressing data security from a user-centric perspective.
Entrepreneurs and startups
We work with you on your idea, startup or business and connect you with guru entrepreneurs so you get the right advice and support to grow your business.
A membership-based investment network that connects experienced investors with entrepreneurs and innovators.
A business accelerator dedicated to speeding up the development of early stage Māori-led businesses.
Business growth and support
We support our local businesses so they can thrive, welcome new business and help them get established, and work with local entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life, and connect business owners/managers with the person,resource, tools or skills they need - from both the private and public sector.
Take the Digital Journey Assessment
The Digital Journey assessment guides businesses through four sections covering current digital use and plans for the future.
Designed for non-tech adults who are looking to improve their understanding of digital technologies. The step-by-step programme is delivered in topic-specific modules that decipher complicated terminology and concepts through the use of simple everyday language.
ExportNZ's key objectives are to:
- Provide effective advocacy and lobbying on behalf of exporters
- Inspire New Zealand firms to engage in exporting to expand their business horizons and grow internationally
- Provide practical support programmes and networking events to help firms achieve these goals.
Business Mentors New Zealand Limited is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the success and growth of small businesses through the knowledge and experience of our volunteer mentors.
IT Professionals NZ
ITP is a community of IT professionals who care deeply about professional practice in IT. ITP helps develop its members, sets standards and recognises those who aspire to excellence, and works as the voice of the IT profession to Government and others.
A Few Quiet Yarns
A unique networking event, where the environment is carefully engineered for connecting with other like-minded people from across the Business, Digital and Technology industries, in fact, everyone is welcomed, as long as you're a good person.
LinkedIn Local Hamilton
Meet the person behind the profile WITHOUT shoving a business card in their face.
Hamilton Young Professionals
Creating networking opportunities for young professionals in the first 15 years of their careers.
The SODA Inc co-working space is situated on two floors of Wintec House, a recently refurbished heritage building, located in the heart of the Hamilton CBD, and surrounded by eateries and restaurants, with Mavis & Co. downstairs.
Meraki Workspace in Cambridge provides you with just about everything you need to work. If you run your own business from home, are a freelancer, an entrepreneur or anything in between, you will know that although working from home has its benefits, sometimes it plain sucks. It doesn't have to though.
Panama House is a historic part of the Hamilton CBD. Nestled along the peaceful riverbank, in the heart of the city, the former Hamilton Club has been carefully repurposed as a co-working space for freelancers, entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. Conveniently located just a short walk from Hamilton’s hospitality hotspots, amongst the central business district and directly across from popular Hamilton East.
Nau Mai is New Zealand’s most accessible co-working community for creatives, freelancers, & startups. The shared office space we’ve designed is truly unique, and built to provide you, and your clients the inviting, creative and professional environment you expect. More than shared offices, Nau Mai is a community that enables all new and small business owners to grow and succeed. Our goal is to support you to achieve your aspirations – set new ones – and go again.
A social enterprise in Hamilton NZ, working to restore creativity to the hearts and minds of every individual in our community.
Support for schools and young people
Education to employment pathways
Smart Waikato's purpose is to empower youth through real education to employment pathways and the Trust is best known for Smart Transitions, Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP), FutureForce® Action Network, and co-ordination of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) in the region.
123Tech is New Zealand’s exciting digital challenge for school students built around the successful TechHub CREST Challenge. Through 123Tech, we’ll help you solve problems in your local school or community using digital technologies – and have fun along the way!
Championing Young Innovators
To enable more young people to make impact, Callaghan Innovation helps them to connect, gain skills and see opportunities for themselves along the future innovation pathway. We work to achieve these outcomes through partnerships on a number of programmes and initiatives.
A competition - an engineering and problem solving race. Every year over 10,000 students from 900 schools from throughout New Zealand take part.
Aiming to get young New Zealanders interested in science, engineering, technology and maths while learning cool stuff about energy – how it’s made, how it works and how it can be managed.
An experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. YES helps students develop knowledge and experience in a number of areas, providing students with skills to equip them for life after school.
Education technology providers
Used by 70,000+ Australasian kids
100% free to Primary & Intermediate schools
Banqer is a financial education platform that provides a hands-on environment for students to get curious, creative, and ultimately, confident with money
We are an online digital technology education service based in New Zealand with a mission to make learning digital technologies fun & engaging
We specialise in curriculum and resource development for all ages. We tailor our learning programs for each client using a range of eLearning, social and classroom tools to provide a blended learning solution
We develop and deliver engaging workshops for both teachers and students on digital technologies and how to explore and invent with them
We facilitate life-long learning with technology. Helping kiwi communities meet the accelerating future, through education around exponential technologies, and their impact on society.
Providing the tools to inspire the problem solvers of tomorrow our goal is to create engaging, affordable, and powerful solutions that immerse students in STEM through the excitement of building and programming robots.
An internationally reknown programme that is changing the way children think about science, physics, engineering and mechanics, delivered in schools including kura kaupapa Māori, community centres, marae and churches.
A platform to inspire digital literacy in rangatahi through animation where students are introduced to the basic principles of 2D hand-drawn animation and 3D stop motion techniques cultivating skills which can transfer across virtual and real world scenarios.
Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led coding clubs for kiwi kids. Code Club Aotearoa is a part of the Code Club World movement that partners with The Raspberry Pi Foundation.