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This article was published on 7 March 2022

There have been plenty of developments in the CleanTech recently, with many new initiatives kicking off to help Kiwi CleanTech innovators.


  • The 2035 Agri-Food-Tech Oceania Summit: The 2035 Oceania Summit has been designed to enable the region’s scientific & research community, its industry leaders, agribusiness & agritech companies, farmers & growers, regulators and policy makers to meet and discuss how agrifood tech innovation and on-farm application can help address the existential threat posed by climate change.
  • Agritech Support Explorer: A new website, The Agritech Support Explorer, was launched to help agritech businesses to navigate different government funding and support options. The tool will also be valuable for CleanTech innovators seeking guidance on what support is available to them.
  • Energy Innovation Fund Navigator: Ara Ake has launched a new tool, the Energy Innovation Fund Navigator, which helps energy innovators to navigate the different resources available to them from government agencies, organisations and companies. This tool will be highly useful for CleanTech innovators operating in the energy sector to navigate what resources are available to them.
  • Government partnership: Callaghan Innovation is working together with Auckland Unlimited, Science for Technological Innovation, Auckland UniServices, New Zealand Growth Capital Partners and others to make CleanTech happen in New Zealand. This new partnership, The NZ CleanTech Mission, was launched in July 2021.
  • Climate Tech report: The precursor to the NZ CleanTech Mission partnership, in July 2021 Callaghan Innovation commissioned and released an independent report from the CleanTech Group,  ‘New Zealand Climate Tech for the World’.. The report provides an independent comprehensive view of New Zealand’s CleanTech and Climate Tech ecosystem, alongside recommendations on how to improve.
  • NZ CleanTech Guide: Callaghan Innovation has released a description of the NZ CleanTech ecosystem to help New Zealand CleanTech innovators find the organisations that will help them achieve their goals, alongside a map of organisations active in this space. Alongside these materials, Callaghan Innovation has also prepared an assessment of CleanTech innovators to set a baseline for our CleanTech target.
  • Climate Response Accelerator: Creative HQ, with support from Callaghan Innovation, has launched the ‘Climate Response Accelerator’, to develop new innovative businesses and products to create solutions for climate change. The accelerator builds on the success of Callaghan’s environmental innovation C-Prize in 2019.
    • WATCH the Climate Response Accelerator 2021 showcase event here.
  • Technology Incubators: Technology incubators invest in and actively help commercialise complex technologies. They concentrate on taking your concept to the next level by building a business around the technology – with the aim of growing globally competitive hi-tech businesses
  • Climate innovation on Techweek TV 2021: Callaghan Innovation former CleanTech Lead, James Muir, participated in a Techweek 2021 panel to discuss the challenges of securing capital to back New Zealand CleanTech innovators.