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NZTech Inform: New Innovation Grants

Involved in R&D or innovation?  This is a must-attend event!

The Government is launching two new R&D grants to boost business innovation. The grants aim to help with the high costs and steep learning curves associated with R&D. They will also provide  pathways to the existing R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI). Learn more or provide feedback into their design at our next NZTech Inform event. 

The Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer Grant will support non-R&D innovation activities. It is designed to help businesses whose activity is likely to build capabilities or create opportunities with wider benefits across the New Zealand innovation system. It will be targeted at businesses pioneering innovation or building platforms that will help other innovators.

The New to R&D Grant will support businesses in the early stages of their investment to help establish an R&D programme and build their capability. 

Join NZTech’s CEO Graeme Muller and Dr Jeremy Smith, Senior Policy Advisor in the Innovation Policy team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as they discuss the new grants. What do the grants involve? Who are they for? When will they be available?  Hear directly from the MBIE policy team and learn more during this interactive online event.

Watch the event recording, or check the presentation slide here.

Event detail:

  • Date: Tuesday 21 June
  • Time: 1.00 – 2.00pm
  • Location: online
  • Cost: FREE

Supported by:


Graeme Muller - Chief Executive Officer - NZTech
Jeremy Smith - Senior Policy Advisor - MBIE
Jeremy Smith is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Innovation Policy team at MBIE. He has worked on programmes ranging from the Emissions Reduction Plan, support for startup businesses Te Ara Paerangi and the new grants programme. Prior to joining MBIE, Jeremy was a Senior Lecturer in Product Development and Innovation Management at Massey University’s School of Food and Advanced Technology where he led courses across the Manawatu, Albany and Singapore campuses. Previous to this Jeremy has been a Research Scientist at GNS Science and the Technical Client Manager for the FoodPilot.
Simon Wakeman - Principal Policy Advisor - MBIE
Simon Wakeman is a Principal Policy Advisor in the Innovation Policy team at MBIE. In four and half years at MBIE he has been involved in a range of government initiatives, including the R&D Tax Incentive, the Draft Research, Science & Innovation Strategy, and the R&D Loan Scheme in response to COVID-19. He holds LLB(Hons) and BA(Hons) degrees from the University of Otago, and a MA in Economics and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He was an Associate Professor of Business Strategy at the European School of Management & Technology (ESMT) in Berlin for seven years.


Jun 21
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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