About Us

Established by education futurist Frances Valintine (CNZM), Tech Futures Lab is New Zealand’s only private graduate school, specifically designed to prepare people and organisations for the future of work.

We are recognised as thought-leaders and practitioners in disruption and innovation, the future of work and business.

​Our large partner network enables those we work with to tap into the most contemporary thought and practice in business, technology and innovation.

Meet our Founder

Frances Valintine (CNZM) is a thought-leader in emerging and disruptive technologies and has 25 years’ experience across business, technology and education.


Frances is the CEO and Founder of The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab. Her entire life has been spent in the intersection between education and technology. Frances is a visionary leader who is recognised for her ability to see the connections between the influences of change and progress.

Frances was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018 for her lifetime services to technology and education.

Awards and Recognition


  • Tech Futures Lab wins Most Innovative in Education in Idealog's Most Innovative Companies Awards

  • In the 2018 New Year Honours, Frances was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit recognising her lifetime of contribution in education and technology

  • Best Small to Medium Business of the Year - Newmarket Business Awards - Tech Futures Lab


  • Flying Kiwi 2017 (NZ Hi-Tech Awards) - Frances Valintine inducted into the NZ Hi Tech Hall of Fame

  • Sanitarium NZ Innovator of the Year - Frances Valintine - Top 3 Finalist

  • Best Innovation of the Year Newmarket Business Awards - Tech Futures Lab

  • Supreme Winner Newmarket Business Awards - Tech Futures Lab


  • NZ Hi-Tech Awards, Finalist Emerging Company Award - The Mind Lab

  • NZ CIO Awards, Winner Best Engagement of Youth in ICT - The Mind Lab

  • The Makers and Shakers of Education Technology Index, Top 50 Global Innovators in Education (& first named from NZ) - Frances Valintine

​2016 (continued)

  • Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards, Winner Blake Leader Award - Frances Valintine

  • NZ Diversity Awards, Walk the Talk Winner - Frances Valintine

  • NZ Diversity Awards, Tomorrow's Workforce - The Mind Lab


  • NZ Hi-Tech Awards, Runner Up Most Innovative Initiative Award - The Mind Lab

  • Next Magazine Woman of the Year, Winner Education - Frances Valintine

  • Westpac Women of Influence, Winner Innovation - Frances Valintine

  • Idealog, Winner Top 10 Most Influential Women of 2015 - Frances Valintine


  • Asia Pacific Talent Unleashed Awards, Best Start-Up in Asia Pacific - The Mind Lab

  • Asia Pacific Talent Unleashed Awards, Best Start-Up in New Zealand - The Mind Lab

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Tech Futures Lab is an education facility of The Mind Lab, a NZQA registered Tertiary Education Organisation under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. Candidates who are studying on a programme delivered by Tech Futures Lab are enrolled with The Mind Lab.