Innovate my business

If your business is thinking about developing new products/services or you already have an ongoing R&D programme and need some support to get to the next step - you're in the right place

At WellingtonNZ, it's our role to get Wellington-based innovative businesses access to Callaghan Innovation's funding and services, and to give you the expertise and advice you need to support your innovation, product development and ongoing research and development (R&D) programmes.

By working with us you have the benefit of our wider Wellington business community networks. We can connect you to the right businesses to help you solve problems and succeed. We can also help you access experts and advice to give you the skills needed to grow your business, like building a strong governance structure or looking at better financial planning. 

How does it work?

We can help you to find and access general innovation and R&D information, resources and expert advice relating to:

  • Product design and development
  • Protecting your intellectual property
  • Choosing the best way to make money from your intellectual property
  • Accessing technical expertise
  • Accessing innovation programmes

WellingtonNZ activated $20 million in R&D investment across the Wellington region in FY19

R&D advice and funding

WellingtonNZ can help you accelerate your R&D projects or programmes by:

  • Supporting you to develop ideas that could transform your business
  • Evaluating the innovation potential of your business
  • Providing access to expert help to develop your technology
  • Providing access to innovation development programmes and services offered by Callaghan Innovation
  • Facilitating access to the services available through the Research and Technology Services teams at Callaghan Innovation (RTS)
  • Helping you to understand and potentially access a range of grants, including R&D project grants and grants to bring a student on board for R&D work
  • Providing guidance on R&D tax credits so you can determine whether a grant or tax credit is right for you. For more information visit and

Are you eligible for R&D funding?

To access funding through Callaghan Innovation your project needs to meet a certain level of criteria to be considered R&D. We've created a guide that will help you understand if R&D is the right next step for your business.

Assess your eligibility

Who is Callaghan Innovation?

As New Zealand's innovation agency, Callaghan Innovation supports businesses to explore and create new technologies, products and services.

Get in touch

If you're ready to take the next step, talk to the business support team about supporting your innovation, product development and ongoing R&D programmes.

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