About KiwiNet

Achieving more together

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.

Our Values


We believe that by working together we can achieve much more than by working individually. Together we will lead the science and innovation sector in NZ to greater heights. Together, with goodwill, trust, effort and passion, we have already shown that an alliance between NZ research organisations is not only possible, but is also capable of achieving great things. Together, we will continue to increase the impact of commercialising NZ’s innovations.

Value People

KiwiNet is made of the people, for the people. We recognise that successful commercialisation is centred around people and their capabilities, knowledge and skills. For each and every individual involved in commercialising New Zealand’s technologies, KiwiNet advocate for them to dream bigger and achieve greater. We aspire to give these people the chance to lift their game, get access to the tools they need, learn from those around them and be as successful as they can be.


We are genuine in our pursuits, we follow through with our promises and we act in the good faith of our stakeholders and supporters. We are a respected and valued core part of NZ’s innovation system, delivering profitable outcomes for our research organisations and NZ as a whole.


We always want to look back and know that KiwiNet has made, and will continue to make, a difference to NZ’s research organisations. We seek to be a recognised key to a thriving NZ economy, where research organisations make significant contributions to the success of our country. Our reputation will be admired around the world with our people and programmes serving as a reference point for success.

The Commercialisation Partner Network (CPN)

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:

  • Increased rates of technology or intellectual property that firms can use.
  • Increased formation of investable entities (spinout or start-up companies).
  • Stronger linkages between research organisations and individuals, organisations and firms with capabilities and interests in commercialisation.
  • Improved capabilities in commercialisation units.
  • Increased visibility and transparency and access to information about R&D projects, organisations and personnel.

Other organisations that receive CPN funding from MBIE include: Return on Science and Canterbury Regional Innovation System.
For more information, visit the MBIE website.

KiwiNet Annual Reports

Annual Reports

Corporate Partners

  • BNZ Bank
  • Norman Barry Foundation
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  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts Lawyers
  • PwC Logo
  • Sciencelens Ltd