PreSeed Accelerator Fund

Supporting early stage technology commercialisation activities which:

  • maximise the commercial benefits to New Zealand from publicly funded research
  • improve the commercial capability and skills of public research organisations
  • promote linkages between public research organisations and potential private sector partners, including industry players and capital providers, in New Zealand and offshore.


MBIE will invest up to $8.3 million per annum for three years to advance commercialisation projects to a point of investor-readiness. This includes the $3 million per year increase that was announced in Budget 2016.

The results of the 2016 funding round have been announced.

Congratulations to the successful applicants:

  • AgResearch Limited
  • Auckland UniServices Ltd
  • Kiwi Innovation Network Ltd (KiwiNet)
  • Massey Ventures Limited
  • New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd (Scion)
  • Otago Innovation Limited

Download the documents

Non-devolved PreSeed

Public or not-for-profit research organisations, or collectives of organisations, that do not have a devolved PreSeed contract can apply to MBIE for non-devolved funding.

Non-devolved PreSeed is an on-demand fund.

Download the Call for Proposals [PDF 633KB]

If you have questions in regards to this fund, please email