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Innovation is vital to achieving business growth and we’re here to help the region capitalise on the opportunities available.

Partnering with Creative HQ to develop skills and capabilities in our local businesses and entrepreneurs, we're focused on providing the tools, resources, and agile skills needed to succeed in Southland’s business climate.

We’re committed to accelerating innovation across the Southland region and helping the next big thing to happen, so whatever your business challenge we can connect you with the resources and support you need to succeed!

Innovation Programme

To encourage innovative thinking with a Southland twist, we deliver a Business Accelerator Programme where programme participants learn to apply agile methods to build a business model and winning pitch for potential investors.

If you have an idea for a business start-up, new product or spinoff from an existing business then get in touch to find out more about how we can help.

Research and Development 

If you have a business idea for a research and development project, we can support you in accessing funding to help make it happen.

Funding is available from Callaghan Innovation to cover up to 30%-50% of the costs for projects that have technical stretch, return on investment, the capacity to deliver and a clear pathway to market.

It’s important to note that R&D funding is not available retrospectively so if you have an idea to grow your business then make sure you get in touch with one of our business coordinators early on so they can ensure you have access to all the information you need to make the most of this opportunity.

Training Vouchers

Your quest to solve your business challenge, or develop a new product or service could benefit from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s training voucher scheme. 

Being part of the Regional Business Partner Network, we’re able to connect you with vouchers that can cover up to 50% of the cost of training offered by a registered training provider. 

With the opportunity to participate in training or workshops that build management capabilities and drive success in business planning, sustainability, exporting, finance, governance and much more, it’s definitely worth getting in touch with the team as you carry out your innovation journey

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Start your business

We offer business start-ups support and help

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Grow your business

We support businesses as they grow

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