Entrepreneurial Universities

Entrepreneurial Universities

Last updated 29 April 2024
Last updated 29 April 2024

Entrepreneurial Universities was a competitive fund aimed at attracting world-leading entrepreneurial researchers to build stronger and more relevant links with existing and emerging industries and firms.

The Entrepreneurial Universities fund was open for applications between 2017 and 2019. Funding allocations for successful applications were available until 2023. The fund is now closed. No new agreements will be entered into, and existing ones will not be renewed once they expire in 2024 or 2025.

Purpose of Fund

The purpose of the Entrepreneurial Universities Fund was to support universities to stimulate increased innovation and entrepreneurship in the university sector through the recruitment of high-calibre academics with entrepreneurial and commercial skills and knowledge.  

Entrepreneurial Universities leveraged the skills and experience of world-leading entrepreneurial academics to drive:

  • cutting-edge research to grow New Zealand’s competitive advantage
  • university-led innovation and entrepreneurship in existing and emerging industries
  • commercially-relevant research that fosters industry collaboration and strengthens economic growth, and
  • stronger connections with overseas universities, research institutes and businesses.

Entrepreneurial Universities funding was part of a wider package of initiatives to grow universities’ leadership role in innovation and entrepreneurship across New Zealand.

The funding supported academics to undertake research, and innovative and collaborative activities with industry, not including overhead or capital costs.

The nine Entrepreneurial Universities initiatives

There are nine initiatives that were funded:

The University of Auckland

The University of Waikato

Victoria University of Wellington

University of Canterbury