KiwiNet 2015 Christmas Newsletter
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Developer of 'Biological Electronic Nose' Sensor Announced as First Recipient of KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Fund

Dr Andrew Kralicek, a researcher at Plant & Food Research, has been named the first recipient of a $20,000 award from the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Fund for his biosensor which acts like a powerful electronic nose. The fund was set up through a partnership between KiwiNet and Callaghan Innovation to help early career research scientists with a clever new idea and commercial interest to take it to market. 

See the full story here.

Event Debrief: GetFunded36
2-3 December

The inaugural GetFunded36 workshop was successfully held in Wellington's CBD in early December. More than fourty researchers and tech transfer staff worked hard over 36 hours to shape 8 scientific/technical ideas into an invest-able proposition. The tools and principles taught throughout the workshop can be utilised to frame science ideas for all sorts of audiences; be it to industry, Angels or government grants. The workshop was hosted by KiwiNet and CreativeHQ, running a similar format to the exciting start-up weekend concept. The workshop culminated in 5 minute pitch to three discerning but nurturing judges. We welcomed the support of MBIE and Callaghan Innovation, as well as the dozen skilful and engaging mentors without whom this event could not have happened.

KiwiNet Pitching Workshop Success Story

Dr. Jérôme Leveneur attended our October pitching workshop and found it to be a valuable experience. Here's what he had to say... 

"As part of my work at GNS Science, I am in regular contact with industries and potential partners. It is very important that the message I want to convey, from presenting results to justifying a funding request, is done so efficiently and convincingly.  Even with a short day of training at the Pitching workshop I could feel that I had learnt and improved significantly. Hopefully, I will keep building on this and properly showcase the team's research." 

The one day workshops were facilitated by Daniel Batten and have been very well received with an overall event score of 4.68 out of 5.

Let us know if you would be interested in attending future workshops in 2016 by emailing

2016 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards!

Entries for the next KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards open on January 13th 2016! Now’s the time to start thinking about which great examples of publicly funded tech transfer you can enter or which entrepreneurial researchers to nominate! The categories are now up on our website, including a new one "Emerging Innovator Award", check them out here.

KiwiNet would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday period.

Please be advised we will be shutting up shop at 5pm on Friday 18th December and will re-open on Monday 11th January, 2016.

Event: Getting to Market
3 February 2016 
Innovation Station, 150 Hillcrest Road, Hamilton

"Getting to Market" is a brilliant opportunity for local researchers, business people and innovative minds of the Waikato community to develop a greater understanding and know-how of the market validation process. The two-hour interactive session facilitated by Peter Simon will empower researchers by providing them with the knowledge needed to commercialise their research. Following this, there will be the chance to build valuable connections with local research, business and innovation people while enjoying some nibbles and a beverage or two!

Register for the event here.
A HUGE thank you to our amazing sponsors!

KiwiNet is extremely grateful for the generous support of its corporate partners. Their enthusiasm, time and expertise is invaluable in boosting capability and connecting people in the research commercialisation space.
December Investment Committee Meeting

On Wednesday 16th December, KiwiNet held their final Investment Committee meeting for the year. At this meeting 2 candidates for KiwiNet's new emerging innovator fund pitched their exciting ideas and received some helpful feedback and expertise going forward.
2015 Stakeholder Survey

Thank-you to the 85 people who took part in our annual stakeholder survey. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us and it's great to see that there is an increasing range of people participating.

BiMonthly Events Newsletter

The November to February version of the KiwiNet Events Updates newsletter has just been released, register here if you would like to be included in the mailing list for this initiative or click to view the latest version.

If you would like to view a broader range of innovation events in New Zealand, please go to our Innovation Calendar.

Meet the People:

Graeme Anderson
Landcare Research

Commercialisation Professional


We have recently started profiling commercialisation professionals from across the country in each newsletter and in this issue we meet Graeme Anderson. Graeme is the business development and commercialisation manager for Landcare research and is working to help the Landcare team to commercialise their research.

How did you get into this area of work and where did you begin your career? 
In 1992 I worked with a scientist at MAF who was more interested in making pet food than doing science. Many a weekend was spent using autoclaves for off the record canning jobs and the results were unspectacular. Looking back I guess I was cursed with achieving early.

Tell us about some exciting projects you have been involved with. 
Precision Irrigation is our top runner at the moment, smart placement of water to fit crop needs.
There has been a $9 million dollar capital raise in the US by our Israeli licensee who propelled this, honestly if it was left up to us at this end of the world it would be going nowhere fast.
Connections, connections..
I'm also pretty excited about mycoprotein, protein from fungi with the hyphae providing texture, its game on.
I love research commercialisation because….  
Innovation without improving some fundamental human need isn't much more than toying around, I have to say I'm usually disappointed at any list of top ten tech growth companies based on some ephemeral trend of the moment.
Hence I rate medical innovation over gaming. It’s largely all about incremental change too, forget the huge entrant from left field, too hard. 

What one thing could be done to improve commercialisation in New Zealand? 
Courting the big investor, office work and hope only gets you so far.

What is your favourite quote? 
"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." Bohr et al..

What technology would you love to have been involved with over the past 10 years? 
Well I think the wheel has had its day, I'm going in big on a return to the sledge. Fits right in with global cooling, send money for an early stake now.

If you were a Christmas decoration, which one would you be and why?
A reindeer, those antlers would be handy.
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