Innovation and Entrepreneurship

How to test innovative ideas, products or processes, how to finance start-up ventures and how to sell and market new products and services in New Zealand and internationally.

Where can Innovation and Entrepreneurship take you?

There are numerous opportunities for graduates to work in business development or technology transfer for both innovative start-ups and established companies. There are also potential opportunities to work as an analyst, consultant or policy maker in government.

Potential roles include:

  • Business developer
  • Commercial and project manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Legal and patent executive
  • Product manager
  • Research developer
  • Technology transfer specialist

Useful online resources


Prospects, a UK site for university students and graduates, addresses the question 'What is an entrepreneur?'
Visit Prospects

Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland

Experiential programmes, events, workshops and speakers for students interested in being part of the University’s entrepreneurial community.
Visit Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Callaghan Innovation

A government agency whose purpose is to help innovative businesses in New Zealand succeed through technology.
Visit Callaghan Innovation

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the government’s lead business-facing agency. Its purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.
Visit Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO)

EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and connections to experts.
Visit Entrepreneurs’ Organisation


Velocity is the University of Auckland entrepreneurship programme. It unleashes potential, giving momentum to people, innovation and ideas.
Visit Velocity

Social Innovation: University of Auckland (SINZ)

SINZ is a platform for students to discuss and proactively solve pressing issues in the community through social enterprise.
Visit Social Innovation New Zealand