Community partners

Our community partners reflect the veracity and diversity of entrepreneurial activity in Wellington and New Zealand.

Wellington UniVentures

Wellington UniVentures is Victoria University of Wellington’s commercialisation and technology transfer office. Each year Wellington UniVentures runs the Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp, a funded summer programme for students from across the university that want to start a company. Teams that successfully complete the Bootcamp can apply to use The Atom innovation space as a base to continue to develop their ventures.

Angel Association New Zealand

Angel Association New Zealand champions early stage investors. Its aspiration is to increase the quantity, quality and success of angel investment in New Zealand and create a greater pool of capital and support for our inspirational, innovative startup companies. The Angel Association enthusiastically supports youth and student entrepreneurship as future sources of great deals and is delighted to help connect those entrepreneurs with investors, capital for further development, and the connections and experience that inevitably come with investment.


The re-writable ‘whiteboard’ films for recording ideas and notes which cover The Atom’s purpose-built desks, equipment holders, windows and walls were provided by self-adhesive film company Aslan.

Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand’s innovation agency. It activates innovation and helps businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington has had a long association with Callaghan Innovation. The scientist from whom they take their name (Sir Paul Callaghan) was based at the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences for many years.


CreativeHQ has been running incubation and acceleration programmes in Wellington and beyond since 2003. It believes that entrepreneurs are everywhere and its Lightning Lab accelerator programmes are targeted at a wide range of sectors. Its GovTech programme, focused on fostering entrepreneurial thinking in government, is seen as a global first. Wellington School of Business and Government signed a memorandum of understanding with CreativeHQ in 2017 to provide research into how accelerators like GovTech can change people and add value to our communities. Many Business School students work at CreativeHQ as part-time interns. CreativeHQ is funded by WREDA.


Mahuki encourages innovation and entrepreneurship in the culture, heritage and GLAM sectors (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), sectors where Wellington and New Zealand has distinctive strengths. The Mahuki entrepreneurship programme is the only accelerator in the world based in a national museum (Te Papa), and since 2018 a team of Victoria University academics has been researching the programme and its participants, examining how accelerators like Mahuki can change people and add value to our communities.

Robinson Research Institute

The multidisciplinary Robinson Research Institute melds innovative engineering and applied physics to build advanced technologies for businesses worldwide. It sponsors the group project in MMBA565 Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students work with intellectual property developed at Robinson and explore the possibilities for unforeseen commercial applications.


ThinkPlace is a global strategic design consultancy. It has expertise in collaborative human-centred design, innovation and complex system transformation, and in visualizing innovation and entrepreneurship ecologies. Its co-founder, New Zealander Jim Scully, has been an advocate for entrepreneurship in the Wellington region for many years. ThinkPlace sponsors the group project for the MGMT307: Entrepreneurship course.

Wellington ICT Graduate School

Launched in May 2016, the Wellington ICT Graduate School is a partnership between Victoria University of Wellington, Whitireia New Zealand and Wellington Institute of Technology. It is tasked with creating a diverse supply of industry-ready talent for New Zealand’s growing ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and design sectors. Wellington School of Business and Government staff are actively involved in the development and delivery of a number of the ICT Grad School’s offerings.