Like to join the programme but need financial assistance?

Apply for a Startup NZ Scholarship

At Startup NZ we believe every Kiwi deserves the chance to learn about entrepreneurship. So if you'd like to do the course but need a helping hand due to financial hardship, you may qualify for one of our annual Startup NZ scholarships to cover the cost of enrollment fees.

Thanks to the support of the many awesome Kiwi businesses and entrepreneurs helping us pay it forward for our next generation of entrepreneurs, we have a limited number of scholarships available for Ministry of Social Development and Work & Income clients.  

Key Dates for our 2022 scholarship intake:

  • 1 Dec 2021 - Scholarship applications and waiting list open
  • 10 Jan 2022 - Applications close
  • 17 Jan 2022 - Scholarship recipients notified and course registrations activated for first release of 2022 scholarships

Join our scholarship waiting list now

Our first scholarships for this year were allocated on 17 January 2022. Please join our waiting list for the next release of scholarships in April 2022 by clicking the Apply Now button.
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Sponsor a Startup NZ Scholarship

If you'd like to help us grow the next generation of Kiwi entrepreneurs, we'd love to hear from you!

  • Your contribution

    Help us support New Zealanders experiencing financial hardship to learn about entrepreneurship by sponsoring a Startup NZ scholarship.

  • Our thanks

    Receive our thanks and acknowledgement for helping grow our next generation of entrepreneurs through the gift of learning. (Or remain anonymous on request.)

  • Joint impact

    With your help, our goal in 2022 is to give 100 scholarship recipients the chance to develop new skills, learn about starting a business and step into entrepreneurship.

Contact us today!

Scholarships raised for 2022: 107

If you would like to sponsor a Startup NZ Scholarship, either as a company or as an individual, or if you have questions about scholarships or our programme, please email Richard Liew at