Global ambitions 

Xstart is a technology-focused founder incubator based in Christchurch. We provide ongoing, bespoke support to help ambitious businesses take their ideas global.

Part of the by Callaghan Innovation national founder incubator network, Xstart was founded as a partnership between UC and ChristchurchNZ to accelerate high-growth opportunities in the region.

Xstart offer an intensive programme of hands-on support and coaching through local talent to achieve world-class results.

Growing business with impact

  • Challenging programme for those with global aspirations.

  • Dedicated startup support from people who have been there before.

  • Access to investors and support to be investment ready.

  • Access to global networks and markets.

Connecting tertiary and business sectors

  • Two locations, UC and the Innovation Precinct.

  • Connects tertiary students with startups.

  • Access to UC research, facilities, expertise, staff and resources.

  • Access to industry expertise.

  • Access to UC's worldwide alumni base.

Stages of development

We work with startups at three stages: Pre-Incubator, identifying early adopters and product/market fit; Incubator, growing and developing startups with a personalised programme; and Post-Incubator, which offers continual support for alumni.

Want to get involved?

We are looking for investors, mentors, advisors and supporters, as well as ambitious founders with high-growth potential. Contact:

Rachel Wright

External Relations Director
Internal Phone: 93403