Entrepreneurial Universities

Entrepreneurial Universities

Last updated 3 March 2021
Last updated 3 March 2021

Entrepreneurial Universities is a competitive fund to attract world-leading entrepreneurial researchers who will build stronger and more relevant links with existing and emerging industries and firms.

May 2019 update: Budget 2019 has reprioritised unallocated Entrepreneurial Universities funding to other areas.
This announcement will not impact on existing Entrepreneurial Universities agreements. No new agreements will be entered into, and existing arrangements will not be renewed once they expire. 

The fund leverages the skills and experience of these 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 is part of a wider package of initiatives to grow universities’ leadership role in innovation and entrepreneurship across New Zealand.

The nine Entrepreneurial Universities initiatives

The University of Auckland hosts:

The University of Waikato hosts:

Victoria University of Wellington hosts:

University of Canterbury hosts: