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Scaling up with the right connections

Scaling up with the right connections

Created from a model that’s hugely successful overseas, Callaghan Innovation’s free networking tool, Scale-Up NZ, makes it faster and easier for ambitious businesses to find and connect with the people, capital and other help they need to innovate and grow, here and offshore. Come along to the 2021 EMEX trade show to find out how Scale-Up NZ is connecting the dots in the innovation ecosystem, and how it could help take your business to the next level.

An inter-connected and self-supporting innovation ecosystem will be vital for NZ’s ongoing economic recovery post-COVID-19.

Many businesses know how crucial it is to form industry connections – but working out where to start is another challenge entirely. That’s why Callaghan Innovation launched Scale-Up NZ – a free digital networking tool designed to connect NZ businesses with potential investors and other businesses that can help them grow and succeed. The networking tool is designed to support businesses with complex challenges, such as working out how to scale up while still remaining profitable. 

Scale-Up NZ has three key stages:  Tūhura (“Find”), Tūhono (“Connect”) and Turuki (“Grow”). Businesses and investors start by creating a free profile, where others can learn more about what they can offer and what type of support they’re looking for. Customers can apply a ‘coronavirus’ tag to their business listing on the platform, too, indicating that they have the capability to contribute to the COVID-19 response.



Scale-Up NZ is about more than just helping businesses raise capital. Users can find key contacts for businesses they’re interested in and ask for facilitated introductions to key people – extending networks and helping create connections that matter. Unlike other networking tools, the Scale-Up NZ team mediates contact requests to ensure they benefit both parties. 



More than 1,900 companies have been profiled on Scale-Up NZ, including more than 90 investors. 

The Scale-Up NZ team also tracks the amount featured businesses raise. Mint Innovation, for example, raised $20m in December 2020. TradeWindow, creators of a secure digital platform for exporters, raised $6.4 million from a funding round in December 2020. And Remotely, developers of next-generation collaborative workspaces for remote teams, raised $2.5 million in a Seed funding round in November 2020. Scale-Up NZ provides an easy digital platform to see at a glance how participating business’s investments are tracking across various funding rounds. 

Scale-Up NZ is proving to be an effective and powerful tool and we’re keen to demonstrate how it could benefit even more NZ businesses, as well as local and international investors. The Callaghan Innovation R&D Solutions team is manning a booth for the full three days of the EMEX trade show (15-17 February 2021). Our staff are on-hand to answer your questions about Scale-Up NZ, as well as Callaghan Innovation’s other support options to solve tough technical problems. EMEX attendees will also be able to hear from an inspiring line-up of speakers across the HighTech Products sector, and register online for a range of practical workshops.

COVID-19 has disrupted many businesses’ best laid plans. Callaghan Innovation’s mission is to show how businesses can continue to grow and thrive, even under challenging circumstances.

Read more about Scale-Up NZ on the website here and register for EMEX 2021 here.


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