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.

IT and Media Arts interns and graduates

The Centre for IT and the School of Media Arts have students available for industry placements or to work on projects. You can also find out more about students graduating in the near future or seeking employment. 

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.

Projects and industry experience

The Information Technology programme provides opportunity to have a student work on a project or gain industry experience with your organisation.

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

As part of a national network of people who can help, we’re your first port of call when you want to grow your enterprise efficiently and effectively. As part of this we deliver funding on behalf of Callaghan Innovation and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

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.

Mata Workspace, located on Level One of the Transport Building, at the corner of Tui Street and Arawa Street, Matamata, is a welcoming shared workspace for professionals who need a place to get on and just do it. 

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.

Digital enablement for all New Zealanders

123Tech Challenge

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!

Especially for youth

The FutureForce Job Board is an automated, free to use forum for talented youth to be made aware of workplace opportunities, including work experience, internships, cadetships, apprenticeships or employment.

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.

Industry in the classroom

A platform that connects corporate volunteer time with classrooms to teach science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, arts and design with the help of engaging content supplied by New Zealand’s leading innovators in educational content.

EPro8 Challenge

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. 

Young Enterprise

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. 

Science box is a project aimed at sparking an interest in science in kids at a young age. We want to ignite innovation in young kiwis and create a path towards science & engineering in low decile schools.

House of Science is passionate about inspiring young New Zealanders' interest in science through tangible learning experiences. We are a charitable trust providing quality science resources to schools and professional learning for teachers to promote positive engagement with science in all its forms.

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. 


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