Rewa 2020, the Trans-Tasman Pre-Accelerator Programme

A KiwiNet initiative, proudly supported by SfTI

The first Rewa Pre-Accelerator took flight in 2020.

Rewa means “to be elevated”, and this is exactly what the programme delivered for our teams and their mentors, as well as their science ideas.

Rewa 2020 enabled seven teams from public research organisations to validate their deep tech solution to a real-world problem. Then, through rigorous market engagement and expert mentor support, they modified or refuted their solutions. It was an opportunity to test paths for IP, know-how and technology, through a proven process of customer discovery and market validation.

While the 2020 programme had to be delivered virtually, it was still a hugely rewarding and successful experience for the teams.

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Rewa Zoom Celebrity Squares

The programme began with a four-day boot camp and concluded with a showcase event that profiled the teams' achievements to a large audience. So far, four of the seven teams are pursuing opportunities that have come out of the programme, to apply for PreSeed funding that will help bring their ideas to life.

7 Teams

26 Participants

15 Australian and NZ Mentors

4 teams progressing projects to PreSeed funding