Xstart is a Christchurch Incubator focused on growing kiwi businesses into global players. We focus on supporting founders of technology startups with high growth potential.

There are two key pathways we support

  1. Preparing for early stage investment to enable global growth opportunities

  2. Kickstarting sales growth for established businesses with stable sales

We don't take equity in return for our services, but we do expect Xstart companies to be driven and motivated to take your business to the next level.


Xstart Partnership

Xstart is a partnership between the University of Canterbury (UC) and ChristchurchNZ (CNZ) supported with funding from Callaghan Innovation. This partnership enables Xstart businesses to leverage a range of capabilities from both the tertiary and business sectors.

Xstart businesses have access to

  • Hot-desking space at two locations, UC at Ilam and the GreenHouse in the Innovation Precinct

  • Industry expertise

  • A vast network of potential supporters and investors from CNZ's business network to UC's alumni base

  • Student interns from UC to assist with your business

  • UC research, facilities, expertise, staff and resources