• Let's build Wellington's zero carbon future

    Connections / Workshops / Funding Support

  • Support to grow

    The Zero Carbon Challenge supports early stage ideas, projects, or businesses that help to lower carbon emissions and are ready to grow!

    Early stage projects

    Get your ideas into action!

    Are you working on a project or startup that is ready to go to the next level? We're here to support people to get their ideas off the ground with a burst of energy and support.

    Growing businesses

    Help your startup grow!

    Do you have a team, business, or opportunity you are already building that could use more support, profile, and funding? We're ready to connect you to mentors and resources to help you grow.

  • Helping reduce carbon emissions in our city

    These 4 areas are the keys to Wellington's zero carbon economy

    Waste

    Energy

    Transport

    Housing & Building

  • Meet the 2019 Teams

    Meet the six teams participating in workshops, mentoring, and events to help grow their business and prepare for a PledgeMe crowdfunding campaign in August 2019.

    Froth Tech

    Froth Tech is on a mission to reduce the carbon footprint and raise the quality of beer in NZ by growing fresh yeast varieties in Wellington.

    GrowSpace

    GrowSpace Wellington is focussed on helping more people grow food in Wellington and supporting a sustainable city food system for the future.

    Reusabowl

    Reusabowl is a reusable takeaway container system that replaces single-use packaging with an alternative that can be returned, washed, and reused in a circular loop.

    The Tiny Plastic Factory

    The Tiny Plastic Factory has a vision to help recycle Wellington’s plastic waste and create future solutions for responsible and sustainable plastic use.

    Whare Hauora

    Whare Hauora use smart home technology to measure temperature, humidity and electricity data to take care of your family, your home, and our environment.

    Yum Jar

    Yum Jar wants to eliminate packaging waste and carbon emissions from food delivery so consumers can still enjoy the convenience and excitement of takeaways, but without the waste.

  • CONNECTIONS & COMMUNITY

    Find your people

    Meet mentors and experts, and join a community of entrepreneurs and innovators who are all working towards Wellington Zero Carbon Future.

    WORKSHOPS

    Build your skills

    Upskill yourself and your team in a workshop series designed to help you clarify your purpose, tell your story, and mobilise your crowd to fund your idea.

    CROWDFUNDING & MATCH FUNDING

    Matched funding for your crowdfunding!

    Receive a $1000 stipend and engage your crowd with a PledgeMe campaign to access $50k+ of potential match funding from the Zero Carbon Partnership Fund.

  • Keen to stay in the loop?

    Join our mailing list for updates on the challenge and invitations to upcoming events.

  • Key Dates

    Applications open: 22 April 2019

    Launch event: 8 May 2019

    Applications close: 19 May 2019 (midnight)

    Applicants notified: 24 May 2019

    Programme events

    Kickoff Hui: Sunday 9 June, 11 am - 4 pm

    Workshop 1: Thursday 13 June, 6-8 pm

    Workshop 2: Thursday 20 June, 6-8 pm

    Workshop 3: Thursday 27 June, 6-8 pm

    Workshop 4: Thursday 4 July, 6-8 pm

    Workshop 5: Thursday 11 July, 6-8 pm

    Dragon's Nest Pitch Night: Thursday 18 July, 6-8 pm

    Workshop 6 / Working bee: Sunday 21 July, 11-4 pm

    Finale event & PledgeMe launches: 1 August 2019, 6-9 pm

    PledgeMe campaigns close: mid-September
     

  • The Wellington Zero Carbon Partnership Fund

    The Zero Carbon Partnership Fund will match up to the amount raised in each venture's crowdfunding campaign.

    Founding Partner
     

    Wellington City Council is the founding partner of the Zero Carbon Partnership and the Zero Carbon Challenge. It is their support that makes the whole programme possible. They are committing $45,000 in match funding.

    Supporting Funders

    These organisations are contributing to the Wellington Zero Carbon Partnership Fund.

  • These supporters make the 2019 Zero Carbon Challenge possible

    Funding & core partner

    Delivery partner

    Supporting partner

  • Community Supporters

  • More questions? Ideas? Want to sponsor?

    Send us a message and we'll get back to you ASAP.

  • Blog & Updates

    Read the latest updates from the Zero Carbon Challenge.

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