Are you one of Auckland’s great innovators or entrepreneurs?

Innovation-focused businesses typically grow faster, pay higher wages and compete better internationally – as well as being key drivers of economic growth and prosperity. If you're looking for help to innovate, have a research and development project or you're working on a new product idea, knowing who to see next is key.

How we can help


The Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network helps eligible small and medium businesses to grow and innovate by making it easier to access business support.

The RBP is funded by central government and Auckland Unlimited is the regional business partner in the Auckland region.

Through the Regional Business Partner Network, we can help you with:

Management development 

The RBP Management Capability Development Fund offers businesses up to 50 per cent co-funded support for management coaching and training services to build management capability. Find out what areas of support your business could be eligible to access.  

Register with the RBP to start your application.

Once registered, you’ll receive an Auckland Unlimited pre-meeting survey where you can request an area for support.  

Innovation and R&D advice

If you’re planning to grow through innovation, or you’re investing in R&D in the areas of science and technology, our specialist advisors can help you access the right advice, contacts and programmes, including funding through Callaghan Innovation.

Register with the RBP to start your application.

Once registered, you’ll receive an Auckland Unlimited pre-meeting survey where you can request an area for support.

Business mentoring

Get help navigating today’s competitive business environment – Business Mentors New Zealand (BMNZ) offers startup, existing business and community mentoring programmes.

Clients are matched with an experienced mentor, who can discuss your business challenges and offer advice based on your current business needs and goals.

Apply on the Business Mentors New Zealand website.


Already registered with the RBP?

Contact the Auckland Unlimited Business Support Helpdesk.

Here's what Auckland businesses have to say about the help they received from the Auckland Unlimited team and the RBP programme


Workshops, clinics and events

Find out about workshops that can help you start, run and grow a business in Auckland.

Whether you want to expand your network, seek research and development assistance or develop your leadership skills, there are workshops and events across the Auckland region to help you improve your skills and connect with other business owners.

Find out more