Inside Wellington’s thriving startup scene
Rod Drury and Stefan Korn from Creative HQ promote Wellington as the place for startups, including a thriving angel community!
The land drives development
Wellington is surrounded by hills which limit urban sprawl and is built around a bay which is too cold to swim in most of the year. Rather than brave the icy wind which lashes the region, entrepreneurs instead prefer to build software indoors.
It’s a geography which Drury says smashes everyone together into a small area, creating a “petri dish” of talent and creativity.
Throw in a significant amount of buy-in from all levels of government and you’ve got yourself a tech community which can hold its own against some of the best in the world.
There are talent issues
However, it’s still a small city so recruiting talent, with the likes of Trade Me and Xero hoovering up all the bodies they can get their hands on, means the country is “shamelessly” recruiting Aussies to jump across the ditch and get involved, Wellington Councillor Jo Coughlin says.