We’re here to empower our country’s many innovators and entrepreneurs, helping you make real your world-bettering ideas, boost our economy and power a better standard of living for us all, now and into the future. We take our name from Sir Paul Callaghan, one of Aotearoa’s most visionary scientists and also the founder of a world-leading business.
Callaghan Innovation provides funding and scientific expertise, promotes R&D, facilitates collaboration between researchers, scientists, and industry and supports the commercialisation of ideas with positive impact.
Supporting Aotearoa's innovators:
Callaghan Innovation has launched a counselling service to support founders whose mental health is suffering due to the significant pressures associated with establishing and growing a startup.
Meet the experts who support businesses like yours, and the leadership that drives the direction of Callaghan Innovation.
Explore the body of research our experts have contributed to the scientific community.
We’re proud to support or facilitate a host of diverse events for innovators and entrepreneurs across the country. Find your next unmissable one here.
Passionate about making an impact by empowering Aotearoa New Zealand’s innovators? Explore our open roles and join our mission here.
Highly knowledgeable facilitators who gave answers to our specific questions. Good framework to learn the ins and outs of IP Strategy as a novice to the topic. Good way to differentiate the different concepts like trademark, patent etc. with application examples."
Learning about raising capital from an industry expert with a wealth of knowledge and experience makes in a way that was detailed enough yet no so specific to be exclusive was extremely valuable to us. We could have listened for hours!"
Firstly, Callaghan Innovation gave us the flexibility to commit to development activity to get us started, and secondly it allowed us to put our money into areas that would make us successful."
The whole way through our journey we’ve been supported by either Callaghan Innovation Project or Growth Grants [now replaced by the R&D Tax Incentive], which have been absolutely critical to our operation."
There are very few companies exploring lncRNA for oncology purposes so the process of getting the research to market is complex but the support the programme provides is crucial. It enables us to access a supportive network of like-minded people to help us as we create what has the potential to be a ground-breaking cancer therapy,"
We commenced the program when our business was undergoing a period of significant change brought about by the retirement of senior staff after the COVID locked down period. We promoted younger staff internally and the Lean program provided tremendous support and guidance whilst they found their feet with added responsibilities."
News and stories
Twelve Kiwi ventures are a step closer to securing partnerships and a slice of around NZ$80 billion invested every year in cleantech startups after returning from Cleantech Trek USA.
Callaghan Innovation has today announced the expansion of the Industry 4.0 nationwide showcase, with the addition of the LMAC Group as partner.
Callaghan Innovation today announced $21.4 million in co-funded grants to businesses with big ideas that are forging new pathways for themselves and other Kiwi innovators.
The world of implantable medical devices is a fascinating and evolving market that has traditionally been full of passive devices (such as hip joints) and active stimulatory devices (such as pacemakers). Kitea Health, recipients of the Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer Grant, are leading the advancement of this area with their implantable pressure sensor devices that allow proactive management of chronic disease. The micro devices provide real time, accurate monitoring information to clinicians, so they can provide treatment early.
Graphite is a major component of lithium-ion batteries, which power the many devices and vehicles we use every day. However, as market demand for lithium-ion batteries skyrockets driven by the electrification economy, so too does the environmental cost. Ārohia Trailblazer Grant recipient’s CarbonScape are the first company in the world to pioneer technology for creating sustainable, carbon negative biographite for the battery sector, using renewable forestry waste such as woodchips.
Millions of adults and children globally suffer from chronic gastric symptoms that profoundly affect their quality of life. Diagnosis often takes a number of years, prolonging patient suffering and resulting in wasted resources and inefficiencies in the healthcare system. With the help of the Ārohia Trailblazer Innovation Grant, Alimetry Care, the organisation’s latest device and service, is set to become the world’s first accurate monitoring wearable for home use, providing remote care for people suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms.
Leaft Foods, recipient of the Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer grant, is pioneering the sustainable leaf protein industry. By commercialising the production of Rubisco, a leaf-derived protein, they aim to establish a value chain that leverages local growers, infrastructure, and supply chain partnerships to create a low impact, high value protein and range of sustainable ingredients.
Concrete is the most used product in the world, after water. Our civilisation is literally built on it. But cement, concrete’s key ingredient, accounts for 8% of global greenhouse emissions. Ārohia Trailblazer Neocrete are using Roman innovation and nanotechnology to replace cement in concrete with activated volcanic ash, with no loss in workability or strength.
Kia ora, Do you want to raise capital for your business? We’re inviting you to attend a virtual introductory workshop on the capital-raising process which will help you to kick start your capital-raising journey on Thursday 7 March 2024 at 9. 00am until 10. 30am.
Our next HealthTech Activator (HTA) valuation workshop is ideal for healthtech business founders wanting to improve their understanding of their company valuation and the role it plays in capital raising.