GigStart fund

As part of the Gigatown win Dunedin was given $200,000 from Chorus and Nokia (formerly Alcatel-Lucent) for local Dunedin start-ups to dream big by putting forward business cases to secure a some funding from the GigStart Fund.

Chorus asked Startup Dunedin to manage this fund on behalf of themselves and Nokia.

Final round of GigStart funding

The fourth and final round for GigStart Funding opens on Monday 3 October and closes on Monday 31 October.

To be eligible for funding startup businesses must provide:

  • A video description of the service concept you have developed explaining the value of your concept.
  • An outline of your business model that clearly outlines your methodology to build your business.
  • A clear description of what UFB technologies your service concept will use.
  • An outline of the funding required to deliver your service to market. This should include a detailed breakdown of how your business plans to use the GigStart Fund.

A ‘Pitch Day’ event for the GigStart Fund application finalists will be held in GigCity Dunedin. Finalists will have a chance to showcase their concepts to the judging panel and the wider GigCity community.

Past Recipients

Such Crowd

  • Awarded $20,000
  • A crowd-sourcing platform for events that allows event planners to test demand before confirming events. The platform allows people to register interest and they are only charged for tickets if there’s enough interest.

Petri Dish

  • Awarded $20,000
  • Petri Dish is a shared office space at 8 Stafford Street Dunedin, developed for tech and creative media start-ups, small businesses and individuals. Members receive access to Gigabit UFB and a central data room, which includes a system that allows large amounts of data to be moved around the world at speed.


  • Awarded $12,000
  • Planned development of an app and support programme to help with on-site hazard identification and health and safety management.

Learning with a Difference

  • Awarded $15,000
  • Funding will be used to develop an animated learning programme to help children with dyslexia.

Adventure Media Works

  • Awarded $20,000
  • This is an exciting plan underway involving an online service for the photographic community.

Blue Twist

  • Awarded $20,000
  • Development of a cloud-based systems for the medical sector.

Photo Toolbox Ltd

  • Awarded $20,000
  • Development of a cloud-based digital asset management system.

Bison Group Ltd

  • Awarded $20,000
  • Cultivation of a cloud-based data management system for the logistics sector.