Promoting and encouraging diversity with HTK Start Up

Promoting and encouraging diversity with HTK Start Up


January 30, 2024

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HTK Start Up is an ambitious player in New Zealand’s startup ecosystem, offering a unique combination of innovation and cultural empowerment. What sets HTK apart is not only its commitment to supporting early-stage, high-growth companies, but also its distinct approach guided by Māori and Pacific values. 

“Our commitment goes beyond conventional models by providing targeted guidance within a culturally rich framework. The accelerator program focuses on empowering underserved communities through mentorship and guidance, ensuring that startups not only thrive locally but also on the global stage.” says Managing Director – Renata Hakiwai 

The Whakatipu Accelerator and Incubator programmes focus on specific sectors, including fintech, AgriTech, and climate resilience. By nurturing startups aligned with New Zealand’s cultural identity, HTK Start Up creates a meaningful impact on global challenges. 

In collaboration with Australasian leader Startmate, HTK Start Up is expanding its global reach to promote social equity and economic opportunities for communities through startups. 

“HTK Start Up is a community-driven platform for founders across Aotearoa, with a keen focus on unearthing Māori and Pacific founders, investors, and funders, celebrating innovation. Every idea is welcomed, irrespective of its origin, and has the potential to be transformative,” says Jacob Varghese, Head of Startups and Programme Lead. 

In the world of startups, HTK Start Up is looking to redefine success by championing cultural values, fostering innovation, and creating a lasting impact that transcends boundaries. 


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