Candidate Information Format

The Emerging Innovator programme is designed to fit alongside your existing employment or studies.

The programme runs for 12 months: the first six months are focused on understanding the market and the final six months are focused on engaging with partners or investors (if appropriate for the stage of the project).

KiwiNet will also host workshops designed to upskill individuals in commercialisation.The Wellington UniVentures team and your Commercialisation Manager will support you throughout the programme and help to accelerate your innovation journey through to impact.

A Commercialisation Manager from Wellington UniVentures will work with you to design a market validation strategy which balances time spent on traditional research activities and the commercial engagement work you will do as part of the programme.

We recommend that Emerging Innovators spend 0.2FTE (1 day) of time a week on their commercialisation activities. This may be fragmented when doing interviews, or concentrated blocks to achieve deliverables like prototypes.