We’ve received a number of inquiries from entrepreneurs and businesses with business ideas around transport innovation and developing new technologies in transport but are unsure where they can find support. We've put together a list of resources where you can find business support, from trusted advice to reasearch and development funding, for your next big idea. We’ve also created a resource listing potential sources of government funding.

Support you could access from Ministry of Transport

We are the government's principal transport adviser. The majority of our work is in providing policy advice and support to Ministers. We help the Government of the day give effect to its policy by supporting the development of legislation, regulations and rules.

For those interested in understanding the regulatory and policy environment in transport (e.g. aviation regulations), we encourage you to look around our website. It has a trove of resources on policy and legislations, as well as datasets you may find useful. If you have more detailed enquiries on policy and legislations email info@transport.govt.nz

Support you could access from Government more broadly

Business.govt.nz

Business.govt.nz is the official portal to business support provided by the New Zealand Government. Business.govt.nz packages content and advice from across government into tools and resources particularly designed with small businesses in mind.

You can find advice and support around business basics such as tax and accounting, hiring and managing people, managing business performance, business growth, and a suite of resources and tools designed to assist you on every stage of your small business journey.

Learn more about Business.govt.nz(external link)

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

NZTE is New Zealand’s trade export agency. NZTE provides customised services and support to businesses looking to export goods and services to the rest of the world. NZTE also connects international and domestic investors with opportunities in New Zealand through a global network of investment advisors.

NZTE provides a wide range of services and support include networking events, business advice, and capability workshops. For rapid-growing businesses with potential to contribute significantly to New Zealand’s economy, NZTE also provides co-investment in international growth projects through the International Growth Fund.

NZTE also operates the Regional Business Partner Network. This is a network of growth advisors that businesses around New Zealand can draw on for business advice and support, as well as making connections with other businesses.

Contact NZTE if you’re looking to export your technology or services, or if you’re looking for investment.  

Learn more about NZTE and their services(external link)
Learn more about NZTE’s Regional Business Partner Network(external link)

Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand’s innovation agency. Callaghan Innovation partners with businesses of all sizes, providing a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit businesses and their stage of growth.

Callaghan Innovation provides a wide range of services to assist and develop business R&D. These services range from connecting businesses with experts and university researchers, assistance with technology and product development, and upskilling businesses in R&D.

Callaghan Innovation also administers a variety of R&D funding (in the form of grants) to assist business R&D. These grants range from financial support to help businesses employ a R&D intern, to funding intended to take challenging R&D projects “over-the-line” via project Grants.

Learn more about Callaghan Innovation(external link)

Support you could access outside of government

Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Agencies (EDAs)

Chambers of Commerce and EDAs are regional organisations that can help you connect with businesses and key people in a particular region. These organisations can help you with accessing business and investment opportunities, and local know-how. These organisations often hold networking events where you can share knowledge and build relationships.

Learn more about Chambers of Commerce and EDAs(external link)

Business networks

There are a number of other industry organisations, venture capital and private equity organisations that can you help you with business growth either through business support and networking services, or through direct investments designed to generate a return.

Learn more about business networks(external link)