The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Dunedin, where innovation and creativity are backed by a supportive local business community. With high-speed internet across the city, Dunedin is now the most ‘connected’ city in the Southern Hemisphere which has paved the way for a flourishing tech and online business sector. With the anticipated growth and development of the city in the years to come, opportunities for new businesses will multiply, so now is the time to realise your start-up ambitions.
If you’re looking to launch a new business in Dunedin or move your existing business to here, there are many people and support networks at hand. Enterprise Dunedin are the experts in finding experts and linking businesses with the right people, support and funding – all with the ultimate goal of enhancing Dunedin’s economy.
Helpful resources to get you started include:
Tertiary students wanting to start a business or already working on a business idea could consider Audacious. The programme provides tools and networks to develop entrepreneurial skills and establish a business.
Enterprise Dunedin offers free business clinics, where you can meet with one of our advisors for a confidential half-hour session.
The New Zealand government has a business website that will point you in the right direction for resources, tools and information to help you launch your business.
Startup Dunedin is a charitable (not for profit) trust with a mandate to facilitate and co-ordinate the growth of the startup ecosystem in Dunedin. One of Startup Dunedin’s major projects is a co-working space called the Distiller situated in the Leith Bank building on the University of Otago campus.
The Distiller is Startup Dunedin's early stage startup co-working space. The Distiller has a number of desks and offices available for startups which are in, or transitioning into Startup Dunedin's programmes. It is an increasingly important community for budding entrepreneurs, offering support and guidance, and helping build confidence, skills and networks. The space is also a feeder for other co-working spaces in the city.
Startup Weekend Dunedin brings together developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and random go-getters to share ideas, build products and launch startups.
Providing a space do business in Dunedin, offering flexibility with private desks and offices in an inspiration hub within a professional and comfortable environment. Welcoming start-ups, small businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs to be a member of an affordable and vibrant community. Making connections to support, grow and succeed together. Co-working members have easy access to Gigabit UFB and the ability to move large amounts of data with state of the art technology.