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Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation

Our mission is to support business R&D, accelerate innovation and empower New Zealand’s innovators. Callaghan Innovation is a government agency with a proven track record of helping Kiwi businesses succeed we engaged with more than 2,900 businesses in 2018/2019 alone.

Our team of more than 450 people, including scientists, engineers, researchers,  technologists, designers, entrepreneurs and advisors help businesses thrive through a range of services and programmes, including: 

* R&D Services: We have more than 200 of NZ's leading engineers and scientists dedicated to solving the toughest of technical problems with research, development and innovation. 

* Innovation Skills: Every year our programmes help hundreds of businesses  gain the knowledge, skills and motivation to innovate and compete locally and globally. 

* R&D Funding:  We offer a range of funding grants to help businesses of all stages of growth pursue ideas and realise commercial success.  Businesses can also apply for the R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI) which offers a 15% tax credit on eligible R&D expenditure. The RDTI is administered by Inland Revenue and Callaghan Innovation, with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

* Scale-Up New Zealand: Our free online platform connects ambitious NZ businesses to the world, making it faster and easier to find and connect with the people, capital and other help they need to innovate and grow. The platform also creates opportunities for investors, incubators, multinationals and other collaborators to connect with innovative NZ businesses.

 R&D expertise

Our Research and Development Services (R&D Services) team is the one-stop-shop to boost our customers’ competitive advantage through technology, and help them become an innovative leader in their market. 

Our R&D experts have the expertise and access to state-of-the-art facilities to help businesses research, develop, test, measure, analyse and calibrate their products and services. 

We have the talent, resources, knowledge and connections to help businesses build connections across the innovation ecosystem, and identify and pursue innovation opportunities. 

 We’re committed to inspiring current and future innovators so that these ambitious businesses can grow bigger and faster. 

We bring businesses together to solve common industry problems, connecting them with our networks of expertise, research, advice and funding. Although we focus on helping Kiwi businesses, we’re also across international industry trends, to maximise local opportunities. 

Support for startups

Our support for startups includes:

  • Founder incubators: Providing entrepreneurs with support, networks and investments to build a business. 

  • Technology incubators: Supporting commercialisation of complex intellectual property (IP) sourced from research organisations. 

  • Accelerators: Supporting early-stage information and communications technology (ICT) and digital startups

 HighTech Products

Our HighTech Products team is dedicated to helping innovative, technology-driven, early- and expansion-stage businesses  with growth goals in hi-tech products and services, such as machinery, electronics,  consumer goods, materials, aerospace, construction, maritime transport systems, and more. We have a particular focus on cleantech businesses working to help stabilise our climate, ensure clean water and enable smart resource use.

We prioritise businesses with the drive to accelerate commercialisation and engage in support services where Callaghan Innovation can have a positive impact.

Our HighTech Products team provides NZ manufacturers with the tools to adopt and build digitally-enabled processes and customer-centric products, and to explore new business models.

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