Trans-Tasman Pre-Accelerator Programme - Rewa

April to June 2020 - A KiwiNet initiative, proudly supported by SfTI

The inaugural Rewa Pre-Accelerator has taken flight!

7 great teams launched their early-stage ideas through mentorship, skills-building, overseas connections, and market insights.

…But it was also much more than that. This is where big ideas are growing towards big impact!

If you’re working on some promising publicly-funded research and are trying to establish a real-world application for it, Rewa is the programme for you.

This 10 week programme culminated in a celebration of its success and we are already planning Rewa 2021 – to find out more about the technologies teams and teams who took part and how you can be involved in the 2021 event, contact Seumas McCroskery.

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The first of its kind in New Zealand.

This programme is unique because:

  • Your IP remains yours. We do not take any equity position in the teams or IP in this programme
  • It provides Trans-Tasman opportunities. You will build key connections with industry, government and not-for-profits in NZ, Australia and globally.
  • Mentorship is at the forefront. You will be matched with experienced mentors from both NZ and Australia, who will work with you throughout the programme.
  • Personal development is just as important as idea development. You will develop personal skills in team building, collaboration, presenting, and storytelling, alongside market analysis and business creation.
  • You will know where to go next. Each participant will identify where they are on their impact journey, explore potential pathways to impact, and learn what’s required next to move forward. You will even be supported in pitching to KiwiNet for funding, if you want.

 This is an 11 week-long programme that requires teams to commit to:

  • Eight residential days in total, plus
  • Thirty hours per team member over the eleven weeks

The commitment required reflects the invaluable experience and opportunities this course provides.

Programme origins

KiwiNet’s Rewa is an extension of the successful Australian ON Prime programme, which has trained more than 4000 publicly funded researchers, and will be facilitated by ON Prime’s Ian Storie and David Burt.

Science for Technological Innovation
Rewa is proudly supported by the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI), one of New Zealand's 11 National Science Challenges.
Its mission is to enhance New Zealand’s capacity to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth.

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