Researchers & Inventors

Helping researchers and inventors create impact

At Wellington UniVentures, our focus is supporting innovators from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington to take their invention from idea to reality.

We do this by wrapping a team of specialists around the researcher and their invention to see it through to success. We’ll help shape, test and protect ideas and connect the opportunity with the right people to set it on the road to creating genuine impact in the world. 

We’ve built a formidable network of investors, industry partners, government contacts and more to support a range of projects, from biotech to architecture and education, energy and advanced materials to design. We look at every aspect of the opportunity, competitive landscape, marketability and potential risks. We work closely with the researcher to help disclose their invention, protect it and establish a robust commercial position.

For researchers currently working on ideas, we can help you take them all the way. Please contact Hamish Findlay and let’s take that first step to make it happen:


Flexible options for creating new ventures

We recognise that every researcher is different, with different ambitions, goals and priorities. So we have created a range of flexible options for creating new ventures with us, suitable for different types of researchers. Our range of flexible models enable you to choose the approach that best suits you to create impact with your invention. We will help you decide and support you with the approach that makes the most sense.

Watch here to find our more about our flexible approach, or find out more about each model below.

Flexible options for new ventures

Thirds Model

For researchers not seeking an active role in a new venture, or if your technology will be licensed.

SCaRAB Model

For researchers wanting to actively participate in the creation of a new venture, but would like support.

Independent Model

For researchers with aspirations to concentrate fully and independently on a new venture.


Useful resources for researchers