Grow your idea into a business with the help of investors. 

Investors can do more than help fund the research and development of your product or service. Their resources can also help you employ staff, protect your intellectual property (IP) and commercialise your business.

Our team of Business and Innovation Advisors can give you options for getting your business ready for investment and help you access various services, including workshops, training and connecting with experts


Once you’ve developed new or improved products and services through research and development, your next step is to commercialise.
A great idea needs six things to have any chance of commercialisation and success:

  • A validated solution to a problem and high level of uniqueness
  • A go-to person who can deliver it
  • A go-to person who can sell it
  • A governance person who can manage it
  • Cash to fund R&D, protect and commercialise the IP (intellectual property) – a combination of grants and investors can help this process.
  • A well-defined pathway to market.

Auckland’s network of business incubators can help you navigate these steps to take your business to market.

Investment and commercialisation support
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New Zealand Venture Investment Fund

The New Zealand Venture Investment Fund invests with venture capital funds and alongside angel investors to support New Zealand technology companies with start-up and growth capital.
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KiwiNet works to give greater visibility to the technologies research organisations are developing. They can help identify and engage with potential investors and find opportunities for start-ups.
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PreSeed Accelerator Fund

The PreSeed Accelerator Fund supports early stage technology commercialisation activities.
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Return on Science

Return on Science is a national research commercialisation programme that delivers new research to market from universities, research institutions and private companies.
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Uniservices – The University of Auckland

Auckland UniServices Limited is the commercial research, knowledge transfer and custom education company of the University of Auckland.
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UNITEC – Research and Enterprise Office

The UNITEC Research and Enterprise Office helps staff, students and other research partners achieve their research goals.
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AUT Enterprises Ltd (AUTEL)

AUTEL is the commercialisation arm of Auckland University of Technology. It provides consultant services, virtual incubation of start-up companies and commercialisation services to staff and students.
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Auckland Unlimited Business Support Helpdesk

Whether you’re looking to start, grow, innovate or export, we can point you in the right direction to find people, resources and programmes to support your business on its growth journey.  

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