Discover how we’ve helped other businesses to grow.

From research, science and technology to value-added food and beverage, a variety of Nelson Tasman businesses have received support through the Regional Business Partner Network to transform their products and services, break into new markets and export to the world.

You can watch some of the success stories below and get in touch with Mark Maguire, our Regional Business Partner if you’d like to learn more.

 

 

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, 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 the 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 R&D ‘Getting Started Grant’ which allowed them to undertake an early feasibility project, accessing technical assistance from a software engineer to combine new technologies such as virtual reality with advanced speech recognition algorithms. 
  • The R&D ‘Project Grant’ allowed them to build an early-stage prototype that they could then test in-market.
  • The R&D ‘Student Experience Grant’ which gave them access to a technology student to aid with API and technical work around the new product.

The business also accessed innovation support services through the Callaghan Innovation Skills-Building Programmes including:

  • The ‘Global Expert’ service in order to find the right resources and capabilities so they could combine google speech-to-text and associated API’s.
  • The ‘Research Library’ service, giving them free access to industry insights. This helped them to understand the technical literature around automatic speech recognition in virtual reality, resulting in better business decisions around their product fit.
  • The ‘Build for Speed’ workshop, a tailored programme that helps digital businesses understand how to build better, faster and more efficient software.

 

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 success story above 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.

 

 

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Ian Craig CEO and co-founder of CORE Transport Technologies wanted to make a change in Transportation and Supply Chain Management.

As software developers, their innovative technologies provide control and real-time Bluetooth tracking of cargo, postal products, and Unit Load Devices (ULD) from the point of origin to the final point of transportation.

Air New Zealand was the launch customer for the Bluetooth-enabled automation with other major global airlines and clients then queuing to adopt the technology. CORE works closely with air, maritime and surface transport providers, global freight forwarders, parcel and post providers and third-party logistics companies.

“We provide tracking services to the air industries globally and our customers include people like the US Postal Service, Air New Zealand, Delta, and American Airlines”, said Craig.

Since 2008 the company has been operating their high-tech and world-leading innovative business right here in the heart of Nelson. They believe it’s important to look for talent and the retention of talent within the local Nelson Tasman Region, regularly recruiting Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) graduates.

"Because of the state of the internet, instant messages, and things like that, it became actually possible to run it from here, even though it's really an international business."

CORE Transport Technologies received business support through the Nelson Regional Development Agency who connected them with Callaghan Innovation. This facilitated them with the R&D ‘Growth Grant’ and access to Callaghan’s ‘Research and Technical service’ team. The team, made up of 130 PHD level scientists and engineers with access to testing facilities, pilot facilities, and scale-up facilities (basically very fancy and high-tech kit), assisted CORE to develop the tough technical solutions for their Bluetooth wireless product.

 “The type of business support we’ve received through the Nelson Regional Development Agency is really a front door access to Callaghan Innovation.”

CORE consulted with expertise within Callaghan’s ‘Data & IoT’ team to assist with their technical development work.  They have since designed, manufactured and deployed the largest transportation Bluetooth network in the world. 

“It obviously helps us immensely financially and we’ve run numerous technical projects with the research and technical teams at Callaghan which we’ve benefitted from.”

Aiming to become the global leader in tracking technologies and logistics management they now have over 20,000 customers across the globe who use their solutions to improve the productivity, performance and security of their logistics operations.

“So any local businesses looking to be innovative and get into a market particularly overseas, I’d recommend that you work with the Nelson Regional Development Agency because they can get you a front door into the ecosystems of other companies having the same journey – through innovation”

Watch their success story above 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.

 

 

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Sisters Chloe and Florence Van Dyke make a range of health beverages via a solar powered juicery, right here in New Zealand’s sunniest city and their hometown of Nelson.

With demand growing locally and abroad, the award-winning duo are now exporting their nutritious and sustainable juices to international markets. In order to compete on the world stage, the Chia Sisters received support offered by the Nelson Regional Development Agency.

“Being from Nelson, being from the regions can make it challenging to connect with the right people. The Nelson Regional Development Agency has been pivotal in giving us those connections.”

To cater to the growth of their business The Nelson Development Agency connected the Chia Sisters with Callaghan Innovation. In collaboration with both them and Massey University the Chia Sisters were provided funding, and the networks and connections they needed to thrive and expand into export markets.

 

The Chia Sisters received multiple Callaghan Innovation Research & Development (R&D) grants including:

  • The R&D ‘Getting Started Grant’ allowing them to develop a novel pasteurisation process, solving a production problem and increasing their businesses capacity.
  • The R&D ‘Project Grant’ in order to build an early-stage prototype right through to their final commercial-ready product.

The business accessed wider innovation support services through the Callaghan Innovation Skills-Building Programmes including:

  • The ‘Better by Lean’ workshop and coaching programme, designed to assist businesses to implement ‘Lean’ thinking principles. This can lead to improved product development, supply chains, production and distribution, staff skill levels and reduce overall costs.
  • The ‘Understanding Innovation’ workshop helping to achieve higher productivity through increased employee engagement, improving work practises and building an innovation culture.
  • The ‘Global Expert’ support service which allowed the Chia Sisters to connect with a food and beverage industry expert, boosting their R&D knowledge and capabilities.

 

“To compete on the world stage, we need to innovate and having the support has allowed us to do this.”

The Nelson Regional Development Agency has a passion to help both new and established businesses connect with the right experts and leaders in innovation, offering a comprehensive set of tools, facilitating government funding and services, matching businesses needs with programmes and resources, and ultimately supporting them on their personal growth path to success.

The Chia Sisters classed the Nelson Regional Development Agency’s easy access to support services and networks coupled with their passion for individual’s business growth as “a game changer” for them.

You can watch their success story above 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.

 

 

 

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