Let's build Wellington's low carbon future

  • Support to grow

    We are supporting 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




    Housing and building

  • Connections, skills and funding

    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.

    All teams receive a $1000 stipend when they enter the challenge.


    Over 8 weeks you'll join a group of great innovators and entrepreneurs growing their projects, get stuck into a hui / hackathon, workshops and networking events to 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 $45k+ in match funded for their crowdfunding, 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 have now closed.

    Thank you to everyone that applied! Stay tuned for announcements of our teams for 2018.

  • Key dates

    Teams will be announced soon and 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


  • The Wellington Low Carbon Partnership Fund

    The Low Carbon Partnership Fund will match the crowdfunding in the Low Carbon Challenge.

    Founding Partner

    A city of action

    Wellington City Council is the founding partner of the Low Carbon Partnership and the Low Carbon challenge. It is their support that makes the whole programme possible. They are committing $30,000 in match funding.

    Supporting funders

    These organisations are contributing $5k each towards match funding.

  • These partners make the Low Carbon Challenge possible

    Delivery partner

    Funding and core partner

    Crowdfunding partner

  • These partners help support the challenge

  • 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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