News and Events


“GovTech is the new black. It’s technology enabled government. It’s about inviting the private sector into government by letting business take over marketing and service delivery while our public servants run our core system.” Hon Minister Joyce NZTECH’s launch of Digital Nation June 2016

This event will showcase and celebrate stories at the centre of New Zealand GovTech innovation. You’ll hear 7 speakers with 7 minutes each from a diverse range of GovTech startups, including teams from one of the first GovTech accelerators in the world, R9 Accelerator.

The event offers the opportunity to learn more about the global emergence of GovTech and connect with public and private sector leaders working in this space. This event is part of an ongoing series called the GovTech Learning Marketplace and will be delivered in partnership with ideas forum 7x7 and Crispstart New Zealand.

Read more and register to attend this event here.


Meet Team Multiply

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Andrew, Georgia, Anna, Jamie This week R9 Accelerator 3+ lab tech Marielle sat down to interview Team Multiply, who are working towards a solution to help schools free up teaching and learning capacity by diminishing operational and administrative...

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Our Successful R9 Accelerator 2.0 teams

We have four successful start-ups delivering outcomes that solve customer problems when dealing with government. We are proud to highlight these four teams and their achievements. Team 2Shakes Authority to Act 2Shakes is a solution that gets professionals set up with...

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Seeking: Government Intrapreneurs and Domain Experts

Full time or Flexible Mentoring Opportunities in a Highly Innovative Space Find your inner entrepreneur - within government Do you think of yourself as entrepreneurial but work in government? We call your type ‘intrapreneurs’ - and we need you now! Come join an R9...

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R9 Accelerator 3+ Teams

We’re pleased to announce the R9 Accelerator 3+ teams! In the coming weeks we’ll have more details on who they are and how to get in touch, but for now, here is a little information about each team.  Accreditron Accreditron is a team of three entrepreneurs, George,...

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R9 Rev Up is on 28-29 January in Wellington

Thanks for bearing with us while we rearranged R9 Accelerator dates following the earthquake and aftershocks. We are excited to announce that R9 Rev Up will now take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January 2017. The event will take place in Wellington with the...

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NZ Innovation Awards 2016

R9 Accelerator – a Better for Business initiative - has been chosen as a finalist in the 2016 New Zealand Innovation Awards. The New Zealand Innovation Awards are run by the NZ Innovation Council and the awards, in their words, are “our way of helping people with...

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R9 Accelerator is back!

R9 Accelerator is back with the Opportunity definition phase for 3+ underway. We’re on the lookout for organisations interested in sponsoring an opportunity in R9 Accelerator 3+.  An opportunity is what teams work on during R9 Accelerator. It is an area of...

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Pitch towards Demo Day with Shawn O’Keefe

Week 10 & 11 It’s two weeks to Demo Day, and teams have turned their attention towards pitching. It’s an art – making sure that you’re able to convey everything you need in a simple story. A story that shows why your solution is viable, why you have great product...

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Information Sessions

Over the next three weeks we are hosting a series of FREE information sessions. These sessions are your best chance to hear from the R9 Accelerator organisers about the project, learn more about the opportunities for this round, ask questions, and meet other potential...

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R9 Rev Up has been postponed!

Consideration has been given to the number of aftershocks and potential disruptions in Wellington City this coming weekend. A decision has been made to postpone R9 Rev Up. The 15 Stout Street venue has been cleared by structural engineers for access and MBIE staff are...

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Christmas update

Ho ho ho potential accelerites! We hope you are feeling jolly in the lead up to the silly season. We have a few things to let you know in the lead up to Christmas. Registering for R9 Rev Up It’s great to see so many of (re)registering for R9 Rev Up – now on Saturday...

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R9 Rev Up Mix and Mingle

Come mix and mingle ahead of R9 Rev Up! We’re hosting a mix and mingle event on Tuesday 17 January between 5-7pm at Creative HQ. Come meet awesome people interested in getting involved with R9 Accelerator. There’ll be games and fun to be had – all to get you mixing...

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Pitch-tastic, Aca-scuse me?

Week Nine We’re into the last third of the R9 Accelerator. Demo Day is an ever looming spectre. There’s a giant wall poster showing the number of weeks until Demo Day, a screen in the presentation space that counts down the days; or you can ask Ice_Cube, the...

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R9 Rev Up! was a roaring success

Thanks everyone for such a great R9 Rev Up! We hope you had a great time. We were so impressed with the quality of the teams and what they came up with. Don't forget applications for R9 Accelerator close in 4 days! If you have any questions about the application...

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Media Advisory

Kiwi start-ups seek investors at R9 Accelerator Demo Day Seven Kiwi start-up teams will pitch their business cases to an audience of public and private sector investors and supporters in a quick fire programme for R9 Accelerator Demo Day this Thursday 2 June....

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R9 Rev Up!

R9 Rev Up! Friday 29th January till Sunday 31st January 2016. This is your opportunity to meet potential team members, the sponsors and the R9 Accelerator project team, storm the problems you’re most interested in, have a whole lot of fun, and begin to form your...

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Info sessions

Have questions or just like to hear more about R9 Accelerator from actual people? There will be four information sessions where people from Better for Business, Creative HQ and Hack Miramar will be available to answer your questions about R9 Accelerator. Session...

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