Let's build Wellington's low carbon future


    We are looking for 6 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 that is ready to take to the next level? We're ready to support people to get their projects 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 to grow?

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

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




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    The Low Carbon Challenge will help you:

    • Find your audience and customers, 
    • Connect with mentors and champions, 
    • Grow your brand,
    • Launch a supported crowdfunding campaign.

    Over the 8 week programme you'll join a group of great innovators and entrepreneurs growing their projects, get stuck into a hui / hackathon, workshops and supported networking events.


    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 $40k+ in match funded, distributed by the Wellington Low Carbon Partnership Fund.




    Find your people

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


    Build your skills

    Upskill yourself and your team in a workshop series designed to help you clarify your customers, your marketing and your community.


    Matched funding for your crowdfunding!

    • Get a $1000 stipend for your team during the challenge
    • Access over $40k (and growing!) of potential match funding from the The Wellington Low Carbon Partnership Fund
  • Applications are open now!

    Click the button and fill in the form to apply for the challenge.

  • Key dates

    Apply now, work through September and October to launch a crowdfunding campaign and begin 2018 with a burst of funding and growth!


    Launch event: August 1st

    Applications close: August 15th

    Teams are selected: August 22nd

    Programme events start: August 29th

    Finale event: October 31st

    Crowdfunding finishes: November 30th


  • Low Carbon Challenge is supported and delivered by:

    More partners will be announced soon!

    The Enspiral Network

    The Wellington City Council

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  • Have more questions? Get in touch below!

  • Blog & Updates

    Stuck for ideas? Looking for inspiration? Check out some examples of work leading carbon innovation from right here at home and around the world.

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