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Scale-Up NZ: New platform to help businesses connect

Callaghan Innovation is looking for businesses to join its free online platform Scale-Up NZ, which connects New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem and showcases it to the world. Find out how the platform can create opportunities and whether it’s a good fit for your business.

Scale-Up NZ is a free online platform launched by Callaghan Innovation, that makes it faster and easier for businesses to find and connect with the people, capital and resources they need to innovate and grow, in New Zealand and overseas. The platform also creates opportunities for funders, incubators, accelerators, multinationals and other collaborators to connect with New Zealand businesses.

“Scale-Up NZ draws on research that shows highly networked and collaborative innovation ecosystems produce more intellectual property, commercialise more science and attract more capital.”

“Scale-Up NZ draws on research that shows highly networked and collaborative innovation ecosystems produce more intellectual property, commercialise more science and attract more capital.”

Erica Lloyd, General Manager Market and Sectors at Callaghan Innovation

Scale-Up NZ is based on a model that has proven successful overseas. The platform has launched with over 500 businesses profiled, but Callaghan Innovation is aiming for over 2,000 in the next year.

Is it right for you?

For Scale-Up NZ to be successful, it needs businesses and those working within the innovation ecosystem to join. The platform may be a good opportunity for:

  • Businesses – Businesses that are innovative, ambitious and local to New Zealand. This could be a current Callaghan Innovation customer, someone who invests in research and development, or a business seeking capital investment or targeting growth into international markets.
  • Investors – Individuals or businesses that invest in innovative New Zealand businesses.
  • Hubs – Incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, or any other organisations whose primary purpose is to enable the commercial success of innovative New Zealand businesses.
  • Multinationals – Businesses originating abroad, with headquarters overseas, but doing research and development through a subsidiary or branch located in New Zealand
“Scale-Up NZ will allow people from around the country, not just in the city centres, to participate.”

“Scale-Up NZ will allow people from around the country, not just in the city centres, to participate.”

Steve Saunders, Owner of Robotics Plus

To register, you need to be:

  • a legitimate, active and registered business or entity
  • searchable on a register administered and maintained by the NZ Companies Office (including charitable trusts, incorporated societies and limited partnerships registers)
  • developing a novel product, operating in an innovative way, or have a new business model.

Callaghan Innovation has more information on its site about the platform, eligibility requirements and steps for registration.

About Scale-Up New Zealand (external link) — Callaghan Innovation

Scale-Up NZ Eligibility Criteria (external link) — Scale-Up New Zealand

Scale-Up NZ platform (external link) — Scale-Up New Zealand

Do you have more questions about Scale-Up NZ?

Do you have more questions about Scale-Up NZ?

Contact Callaghan Innovation by phone at 0800 422 552 or by email at scaleup@callaghaninnovation.govt.nz.

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