Australian technology start-up hub Stone & Chalk is expanding into New Zealand through a new partnership with homogeneous Auckland hub GridAKL.
The partnership aims to create an “innovation bridge” by promoting start-up collaboration across the Tasman.
Members of GridAKL will now have access to Stone & Chalk’s hubs across Australia, while Aussie start-ups looking to break into New Zealand will have the same support from GridAKL.
In addition to desk and office space, start-ups will also benefit from community events and a diverse pool of mentors, industry experts, corporate partners and investors to support their local and international growth efforts.
The partnership is led by Imche Veiga, co-founder and CEO of New Zealand “deep technology hub” Outset Ventures and group executive of ecosystems at Stone & Chalk.
Catriona Stewart, manager of entrepreneur networks at Tataki Auckland Unlimited, the council organisation that runs GridAKL, said the New Zealand hub was committed to supporting the long-term sustainability and development acceleration of the Australian and New Zealand (A/NZ) "innovation community".
“New Zealand and Australian start-ups produce some of the world’s most exciting ideas and innovations addressing the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Catriona Stewart, manager of entrepreneur networks at Tataki Auckland Unlimited.
Stone & Chalk CEO Chris Kirk emphasised the importance of the New Zealand expansion for building a “robust innovation bridge”.
“We believe that by connecting Australia and New Zealand’s innovation ecosystems, we can collectively drive the growth of start-ups and emerging tech companies in the Asia Pacific region,” he added.