The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) is New Zealand’s network of public research organisations, working together to transform scientific discoveries into marketable products and services.
KiwiNet partners are Plant & Food Research, Callaghan Innovation, AgResearch, Otago Innovation, Landcare Research, Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, Viclink, WaikatoLink, AUT Enterprises Ltd, Cawthron Institute, Environmental Science & Research, NIWA, Scion, GNS Science and Malaghan Institute.
Through KiwiNet we increase the scale and impact of science and technology based innovation, with the aim of maximising economic benefits to New Zealand.
KiwiNet doesn’t carry out research commercialisation itself; instead it acts as a channel for collaboration amongst those who do.
KiwiNet’s role is to empower people by helping them to access the tools, connections, investment and support they need to commercialise research.
By collaborating on projects, combining capability and sharing networks, we better share funding, and help one another achieve better commercial outcomes for New Zealand.
In the past 5 years, KiwiNet has shown that with goodwill, trust, effort and leadership, an alliance between NZ research organisations is not only possible, but is also capable of achieving great things. KiwiNet’s collaborative approach not only strengthens research commercialisation, but also creates new opportunities in other parts of the value chain that are otherwise unlikely to occur.
KiwiNet is funded by its shareholder research organisations, corporate partners and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
KiwiNet is one of three organisations funded by MBIE through the Commercialisation Partner Network (CPN). CPN funding seeks to turn science findings into commercially viable products. More specifically, MBIE seeks the following outcomes: