Professional Services and Support

The Bank of New Zealand is delighted to partner with KiwiNet to support, promote and showcase research which has led to commercial success.


KiwiNet Strategic Partner – providing access to private wealth and customer networks

The future of New Zealand’s economy lies in our ability to turn good ideas into commercial businesses. In providing much needed access to tools, investment and support, KiwiNet is providing greater opportunity for New Zealand businesses to develop higher value products and services.

Ultimately this will deliver greater margin, more sustainable business performance, more employment opportunities, stronger communities and increased export revenues. We encourage businesses and entrepreneurs throughout New Zealand to utilise the expertise and facilities KiwiNet can access to enable them to turn good ideas into business opportunities. Together, we are committed to supporting the growth of New Zealand's businesses and ultimately, a high achieving New Zealand.

KiwiNet Legal Partner – providing legal services

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is a top tier New Zealand law firm with a rich 130 year history. Their full-service firm is known for providing clients with technically excellent legal solutions and innovative advice, contributing as trusted advisors who work alongside clients to ensure their success.

They are proud to be a New Zealand law firm with a global outlook and reach. They have offices in Auckland and Wellington, but also have the unique ability to access a worldwide network of offices, advisors and markets through the Minter Ellison Legal Group, a leading firm in the Asia-Pacific.

They understand the challenges businesses face when operating in a domestic and increasingly globalised marketplace. Their clients are offered services that are multi-disciplinary and industry facing. Their people have strong technical skills with an international perspective. This has resulted in the firm being invited to advise on some of New Zealand’s most innovative and high profile transactions.

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KiwiNet IP Partner – providing IP strategy and support

AJ Park is a leading provider of intellectual property law services in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. With offices in Auckland and Wellington, we have one of the largest, most experienced teams of intellectual property experts in the area. For over 125 years, we've helped companies and individuals identify, develop, protect, commercialise, manage, and enforce their IP rights in New Zealand, Australia, and throughout the world.

Our partnership with KiwiNet is a fantastic opportunity to ensure that the IP generated by New Zealand’s science researchers is captured and is able to be effectively commercialised. Effective IP protection strategies are a key component of realising value from innovation and improving economic returns.

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KiwiNet Professional Services Partner – providing strategic services

Every day 185,000 PwC people in 157 countries work hard to build strong relationships with others and understand the issues and aspirations that drive them. In New Zealand, PwC employs over 1,250 people and has offices in the Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago regions.

Over and above our traditional service offerings, PwC New Zealand also has a strong industry focus, with multi-discipline teams dedicated to key industry groups in both global and national markets. For our clients, this means the best local knowledge combined with the broadest global experience.

Our partners and staff are dedicated to solving the complex problems businesses are facing in today's changing market place. Now, more than ever, we have the resources to meet these needs through our truly integrated global network.

Outset Ventures
Generously supporting the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme

Outset Ventures is the largest and fastest growing hub for deep technology startups in New Zealand. We provide commercial laboratory and workshop spaces, incubation programmes, and investment for early-stage ventures founded on science and engineering breakthroughs.

Currently home to 24 deep tech ventures, entrepreneurs backed by Outset Ventures can access its facilities and its expanding entrepreneurial community while preparing their companies for global markets.

The Norman Barry Foundation
Generously supporting the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme

The Norman Barry Foundation, is a charitable trust registered under the Charities Act 2005. Norman Barry was an entrepreneur and a philanthropist who established the Quality Hotel Parnell.

During his successful business career he mentored motel owners in Auckland who were new to the industry and helped various charitable organisations in the form of donations.

Norman left his shareholding in Quality Hotel Parnell Limited to the Foundation, and the distributions from this Company to the Foundation are used for charitable donations.

In addition, Quality Hotel Parnell Limited is also a registered charity in its own right and this company also makes donations to the community.

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Generously supporting the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme

K1W1 Ltd has invested over a total of $250M Seed and Venture capital into a large number of start-up and early stage businesses from Biotech, environmental technology, high tech, software and other high export potential businesses.

Our aim is to either directly or as a “fund of funds” assist young entrepreneurs to grow New Zealand as a leader in the knowledge economy and to help create a culture of making New Zealand “cash flow positive” in international goods and services trade. We see the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme as an invaluable catalyst, enabling the next generation of Kiwi innovators to take their discoveries to market. We’re delighted to support this initiative.

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Major Supporter

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy.

We develop and deliver policy, services, advice and regulation to support business growth and the prosperity and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. MBIE integrates the functions of four former agencies – the Department of Building and Housing, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Department of Labour and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.