• 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.

  • Can your project help reduce carbon emissions in our city?

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




    Housing & Building

  • Connections, skills, and funding

    The Zero Carbon Challenge will help you:

    • Engage with your audience and customers
    • Connect with mentors and champions
    • Grow your brand
    • Launch a supported crowdfunding campaign
    • Selected teams receive a $1000 stipend when they start the challenge.

    Selected teams receive a $1000 stipend when they start the challenge.


    Over eight weeks you'll join a group of innovators and entrepreneurs growing their projects through a hui, workshops, and networking events to engage with your crowd and grow your profile.


    This is a part time programme designed to support people who also have other work. Expect to invest 10-20 hours per week on your project during the programme.


    All teams will have the opportunity to access up to $45k+ in match funding for their crowdfunding, distributed by the Wellington Zero Carbon Partnership Fund.


    Find your people

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


    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.


    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.

  • 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

  • Keen to stay in the loop?

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

  • 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 towards the Zero Carbon Challenge partnership fund.

  • These partners make the 2019 Zero Carbon Challenge possible

    Funding & core partner

    Delivery partner

    Supporting partner

  • Community Partners

  • 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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