[Pictured: Florence van Dyke and Chloe van Dyke from Chia Sisters]

Ever thought about starting your own business?

Start your business right, with Startup NZ.

Starting a business is a common goal for many New Zealanders but often the biggest barrier is just knowing what's involved or how to even get started.

The good news is that entrepreneurship can be learnt and if you're committed, you can too.

Whether you're just starting out or you've already started, we believe every Kiwi deserves the chance to give their business building dreams their best shot.

Let Startup NZ support your new business journey with the right information, inspiration and connections from day one.

Start your journey today

Take the first three lessons for free!

Lessons 1, 2 and 3 are free for all interested Kiwis to take right now. Clarify your vision, learn the key tasks for new business founders, and build a powerful mindset to support your business building goals.
Start your free lessons here

Programme Overview

  • Who can participate?

    Startup NZ is for all Kiwis who want to learn about starting a business, big or small. You don't need business experience, qualifications or a business idea.

  • How long does it take?

    The course consists of 12 online lessons with each lesson requiring 1-2 hours commitment. Take the lessons in your own time as often as you want for up to 12 months.

  • How much does it cost?

    Startup NZ has been designed to deliver maximum impact at an affordable price. The first 3 lessons are free and fees are $345 for the full programme with 1 year access.

Welcome to Startup NZ

A message from our founder

Richard Liew, founder and presenter at Startup NZ.

Why this programme?

Developed in consultation with business owners, mentors and startup experts, Startup NZ is an inspiring and informative 'first step' programme to prepare new business owners mentally and emotionally for the business building journey. View the course curriculum here.

  • Decide if starting a business is for you

  • Find, assess and test new business ideas

  • Learn modern business startup processes to save time, effort and money launching your business

  • Turn your idea into an actionable business model fast

  • Reduce risk and avoid common first-time business mistakes

  • Learn about funding, team building and key marketing principles

  • Learn from real entrepreneurs and startup experts

  • Be in a stronger position to grow your business or enter an accelerator programme

  • Build confidence and connections to make your business a reality

View more testimonials about Startup NZ!

Sandy Geyer; Entrepreneur, Author & Trainer

"Very valuable for entrepreneurs"

Sandy Geyer; Entrepreneur, Author & Trainer

"For those considering starting their own business and feeling overwhelmed by the process this is exactly what you need. It's designed in a conversational manner with specific direction to valuable activities and resources, all helpful in making a decision to proceed further or not."
Chloe van Dyke, Co-founder, Chia Sisters


Chloe van Dyke, Co-founder, Chia Sisters

"The startup phase is full of ups and downs, it's one crazy journey, so having a framework for success like this where you can learn from other entrepreneurs is invaluable."
Simone Stewart; Startup Founder, Manawatu

"Fills a gap in the startup space"

Simone Stewart; Startup Founder, Manawatu

"Startup NZ’s programme fills a gap in the startup space, especially the foundational information on mindset, purpose and what it takes to be a founder. With more facts and less fluff, it gets real about the journey ahead."

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