Mahuki Startup Accelerator

Mahuki is a vertical innovation accelerator programme focused on global opportunities in the culture and heritage sector. It is a space where entrepreneurialism and culture collide to create innovative solutions that enrich galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM). Backed by Te Papa Tongarewa, it is located in a purpose built facility in New Zealand’s National Museum. Mahuki is part of a growing trend amongst museums and cultural institutions to partner with industry / entrepreneurs in order to fast track innovation and adapt to a dynamic and increasingly digital world.

With its second year completed, Mahuki has proven the demand for an accelerator programme for creative technologies focused on the culture and heritage sector that offers tangible pathways to customers, national and international markets.

Mahuki is poised to be New Zealand’s accelerator programme for creative technologies such as augmented, virtual and mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, gamification, gestural interfaces and other emerging technologies. Coupled with an extensive international network Mahuki is a unique and valuable addition to the New Zealand start-up eco-system.
Mahuki is a national programme targeting applications from throughout New Zealand.

Our accelerator programme caters for up to ten teams of between two to four members (or up to 40 entrepreneurs). Following a rigorous selection process, teams are selected to join the four month accelerator programme. Teams are provided with $20,000 to enable them to solely focus on the programme. Te Papa has an option to exercise equity of 6% in the teams.

  • $20,000 for 6% equity
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  • Wellington, New Zealand

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