Funding

Explore available funding opportunities across New Zealand.

Local

Otago Angels

Otago Angels facilitates links into the seed/early stage investment marketplace by bringing entrepreneurs/companies and investors together to build new business opportunities.

Angel Fund

The Dunedin YWCA Angel Fund is a micro credit loan fund which was set up in 1997 in response to the growing need for a women’s development fund targeted at low-income women.


National

PledgeMe

Started by one of the University of Otago’s Master of Entrepreneurship graduates, PledgeMe is a crowd-funding platform for funding creative projects.

SparkBox Ventures

Sparkbox Venture Group is New Zealand’s leading early stage investor and has been investing in innovative New Zealand companies since 2001.

NZ Venture Investment Fund Ltd

NZVIF Seed Co-investment Fund is an early stage direct investment fund aimed at early stage businesses with strong potential for high growth.

powerHouse (formerly Upstart)

powerHouse is an intellectual property commercialisation company using private and public investment to develop new spin-out ventures sourced primarily from research partners such as universities and Crown Research Institutes.

Work and Income NZ (WINZ)

Once you have graduated you may qualify for some support from WINZ to start your own business via three different payments:

  • Business Training and Advice Grant
  • Flexi-wage self-employment subsidy
  • Self-employment Start-up payment.

Callaghan Innovation

If your business is interested in research and development, Callaghan Innovation may be able to provide you with information, training, advice, research and technical services, and funding through the folllowing initiatives.

  • Research and Development (R&D) funding
  • Business advice
  • Incubators