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Wellington is an internationally competitive region led by innovation, driven by technology and focused on exports.
Kiwi entrepreneurs are world renowned for cutting edge creativity, high tech innovation and for challenging the norm.
Wellington in particular has blazed a trail by creating a supportive network to ensure the success and global reach of the exciting enterprises based here.
Xero, the most innovative company in the world, as ranked by Forbes in 2014, started and has their headquarters in Wellington. Wellington companies in the TIN 100, an index of New Zealand high tech businesses, grew close to three times faster than any other region across New Zealand.
Innovation often results form top quality research. Wellington is home to three universities, three institutes of technology and 12 private training establishments. Victoria University was ranked ahead of all 27 tertiary education organisations for research in the most recent NZ government statistics.
New Zealand has approximately 500 organisations directly involved in commercialising innovation, with the highest concentration of those right here in Wellington.
One of the most important organisations is Callaghan Innovation, where 400 researchers, scientists, engineers, technologists and investment managers help businesses realise their potential. Approximately $140 million a year in funding is channelled through the following three programmes:
Once your business is established in Wellington, accessing this funding is managed through Grow Wellington.
Wellington is home to a long list of innovative businesses across many sectors, built on a history of ideas and creativity, including: