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Launch Lab programme

Porirua Launch Lab is a 6-month programme designed to validate your ideas and help build a sustainable business from Porirua.

Turn your new business idea into reality

The Porirua Launch Lab is back! A popular six-month incubation programme created to help you validate your ideas and build a sustainable business from Porirua. Participating small business founders will receive access to advice, mentoring, connections to networks and support to turn ideas into stand-alone, growing businesses that can grow, survive, and thrive.

What your business will receive

Porirua Launch Lab provides a range of 1:1 support, peer learning and range of events to support business growth and business owner connection.

1-1 Coaching

  • Each business will work with a Launch Lab coach.
  • The role of the coach is to provide advice, guidance and connections.

Peer-to-peer knowledge sessions

  • Participants in the programme will get together on a regular basis to share knowledge and give each other feedback.

Access to external mentors / experts

  • Participants will have access to a range of mentors and experts.

Workshops & talks

  • Regular workshops and talks delivered by guests covering a wide range of start-up-related topics.

Access to business networks

  • Participants will receive access to a range of business networks and other support services

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"We took part in the Porirua Launch Lab in 2020. We are really grateful for the opportunity and would definitely recommend others to give it a go." - SOLID Oral Care, Titahi Bay, Porirua

SOLID Oral Care make sustainable, effective fluoride toothpaste and oral care products locally in Titahi Bay


  • We are looking for innovative products or services - NOT agencies, consultancies and standard service businesses.
  • Participants must be committed to building a business (not just a hobby).
  • Participants must be based in Porirua.
  • Participants must be able to be present and active each week to meet with their mentor/coach.

Key Dates

  • 18 October - Applications close
  • 22 October - First selection seminar (invite only)
  • 25 October - Successful candidates advised
  • 29 October - Programme launch/morning tea, meet and greet