Our role

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We’re a government agency supporting hi-tech businesses in New Zealand.

We provide a single front door to the innovation system for businesses at all stages of their innovation journey – from start-ups to the most experienced R&D performers.

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We deliver services to businesses

We’re a mix of more than 400 researchers, engineers, scientists, technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, advisors and administrators delivering self-help and on-demand services and tailored programmes:

For startups

Hands-on support, mentoring and real-world experience to turbocharge startups and build crucial innovation skills. More


A range of R&D funding to add scale, depth and return to R&D investments. More

R&D technology solutions

Taking an idea from concept to commercial reality with tailored R&D solutions. More


Whether you’re a food entrepreneur with a kernel of an idea, or a Māori innovator looking to build connections, find support for your niche industry. More

Networking & Partnerships

Collaborate and learn from experts in their field, and form the connections you need to take your innovation to the next level More.


Building skills and capability so businesses are innovation-ready. More


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We build New Zealand’s capability

We have the talent, resources, knowledge and connections to drive better integration, co-ordinate networking and get value out of gaps and opportunities across the innovation system:

Inspiring current and future innovators

Getting today’s and tomorrow’s innovators excited about the possibilities and ambitious about growing bigger and faster.

Collaborative sectors

Bringing clusters of businesses together to solve common industry problems.

Technology networks

Connecting businesses to our networks of expertise, research, advice and funding.

International partnerships

Staying at the forefront of what’s happening offshore to maximise opportunities in developments, trends and discoveries in New Zealand.

Support for start-ups

Founder incubators - providing entrepreneurs with support, networks and investments to build a business. More

Technology incubators - facilitating the commercialisation of complex intellectual property sourced from research organisations. More

Accelerators - for early stage ICT and digital start-ups. More

Pilot plants, facilities and innovation precincts

Providing pilot plant services, state-of-the-art shared facilities and R&D expertise like the Gracefield Innovation Quarter and the New Zealand Food Innovation Network.

The National Science Challenge

Science for Technological Innovation a 10 year research programme involving all New Zealand universities, SCION, AgResearch, GNS and Lincoln Agritech.

Updated: 21 August 2023