Innovate

Do business in Southland

With partnerships with Creative HQ, Callaghan Innovation, the regional business partner network and much more, we can provide you with the tools, resources and skills needed to accelerate innovation and succeed in Southland’s business climate.

Innovation Programme

To encourage innovative thinking with a Southland twist, we deliver the Business Accelerator Programme where 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.

Ben Lewis
Ben Lewis
Southland Business Accelerator Programme Manager
ben@greatsouth.nz

Funding for Research and Development projects

If you have a business idea for a research and development project, we can support you in accessing funding to help make it happen. This includes administering funding available from Callaghan Innovation that can 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 us early so you have access to all the information you need to make the most of this opportunity.

For more information, please contact Kelly Watt:

Kelly Watt
Kelly Watt
Business Growth Advisor
kelly@greatsouth.nz


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 are able to connect you with vouchers that can cover up to 50% of the cost of training offered by a registered training provider.

For more information contact one of our Business Growth Advisors below:

Kelly Watt
Kelly Watt
Business Growth Advisor
kelly@greatsouth.nz
Adina McDowell
Adina McDowell
Business Growth Advisor
adina@greatsouth.nz

Start your business

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