ImmerseMe is a new and innovative business co-founded by Scott Cardwell, harnessing speech recognition technology and virtual reality modules to help students and travellers learn new languages. The language learning tool provides environments where students “immerse” themselves in everyday social situations and practice their conversational skills.
The start-up business established right here in Nelson Tasman collaborated with the Nelson Regional Development Agency to launch their exciting innovation.
“The Nelson Regional Development Agency were phenomenal – they really handheld us right from the very beginning all the way through to today – where we have customers from all over the world.”
Through the Nelson Regional Development Agency ImmerseMe were able to access early-stage support to develop their business in connection with a range of services provided by Callaghan Innovation.
“There’s funding available and co-funding available where they support your R&D expenses.”
ImmerseMe received multiple Callaghan Innovation Research & Development (R&D) grants including:
The business also accessed innovation support services through the Callaghan Innovation Skills-Building Programmes including:
The Nelson Regional Development Agency can co-operate and guide R&D projects and start-up businesses like ImmerseMe, introducing them to right experts and leaders in innovation, offering a comprehensive set of tools, facilitating government funding and services, and matching their needs with the correct programmes and resources.
With a vision to be the world’s best academic language tool ImmerseMe said “the impacts of this support have allowed us to develop world-first technology from right here at the top of the South – going global.”
Watch their video below and get in touch with Mark Maguire, our Regional Business Advisor, if you would like to learn more about the support services available via the Regional Business Partner Programme.