Creative HQ has confirmed the appointment of leading technology law firm Simmonds Stewart as the legal partner to the newly launched Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator.
“Creative HQ wanted to ensure that participants in the newly launched Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator are able to access specialist lawyers who can provide mentorship and advice to the participants as they develop through the programme. Simmonds Stewart is a massive supporter of the start-up and tech community and it’s great to have them on board as the Accelerator’s partner,” said Brett Holland, Creative HQ's Head of Acceleration.
Lee Bagshaw, one of the Simmonds Stewart partners leading the initiative, said:
“Given our deep involvement in the tech sector, we’re excited to help develop New Zealand’s first FinTech accelerator. We already advise a number of successful venture-backed FinTech companies both here in NZ and in SouthEast Asia, and will look to share our experience with the teams during the programme. There’s a lot of competition internationally, but we think the New Zealand tech ecosystem has the skills and entrepreneurs to develop New Zealand into a successful FinTech hub.”
Andrew Simmonds, co-founder of Simmonds Stewart, said:
“Our involvement particularly resonates with me. At a former law firm, I led the legal team that established Kiwibank. That was a year-long project involving 50 lawyers. As one of New Zealand’s most successful start-ups, it’s great to see Kiwibank come full circle and support our next generation of FinTech businesses.”
The accelerator programme starts in February next year. Applications are now open to interested entrepreneurs in New Zealand.