This month there are plenty of opportunities for your business to make the most of!

The two-day, Southland Fintech boot camp for budding entrepreneurs, the research & development Tax incentive event, and the chance to learn more about the application process for the 2019 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards! You can also find out about the application process for the NZI Sustainability Awards, the Deloitte Energy Awards and learn if your business is eligible for Callaghan Innovation’s R&D Grants or the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation funding!

Find out more below and start planning your month of business activities! 

Calling all entrepreneurs!

Southland Fintech Bootcamp: 11-12 May 2019, Invercargill

Are you interested in developing financial technology (Fintech) solutions? Then, this two-day Fintech boot camp, hosted by SBS Bank, is for you!

This is an exciting opportunity to get together with like-minded individuals and create a startup venture based on financial technology, with potential to also participate in the 2019 Kiwi Fintech Accelerator programme. If this sounds like you make sure you register today here!

Research and Development tax incentive information event

Thursday 16 May, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Venture Southland 143 Spey Street, Invercargill

The government has introduced a Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive, to support and further promote R&D in NZ businesses.

The R&D Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament and we expect legislation to be enacted in May/June this year, allowing businesses to access, and make the most of the incentive from the start of the current tax year (typically 1 April 2019).

KPMG would like to invite you to join them in Invercargill on 16 May, where their R&D experts will present – alongside officials from Inland Revenue, and Callaghan Innovation – on the R&D Tax Incentive, providing insight into how the incentive will provide broader access to R&D funding for New Zealand businesses.

KPMG will also explain what is, and what isn’t R&D, and how to start planning early to be ready to make a claim for this year’s R&D activities.

As well as KPMG, officials from Inland Revenue and Callaghan Innovation will be on hand to answer any of your questions on the new incentive in the Q&A section of the seminar. The Venture Southland Business Team will also be on hand to discuss any R&D projects. 

Secure your spot here 

2019 Business Excellence Awards launch

16 May, 5.15pm, The Civic Theatre - Drawing Room, Invercargill

Is your business ready to be recognised? Come along to this launch event to learn more the 2019 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards which will be held in September this year.

The prestigious bi-annual awards are a celebration of the region’s local business talent and success. To learn more about the application process, and find out how your business could be part of the 2019 celebrations, register for the launch event today!

Callaghan Innovation R&D Grants

Get fresh thinking into your R&D activities with Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grants

Apply now for an R&D Experience Grant from Callaghan Innovation and bring in new expertise to further your research and development project. R&D Experience Grants help undergraduate, and now postgraduate, students gain commercial work experience in New Zealand businesses by funding a 10-week internship of $8,460 (excl. GST)*. Eligible areas of study include Science, Technology, Engineering, Design and Business.

This year Callaghan Innovation have made the process faster and more flexible. Applications are open from now until 31 August 2019 so you can secure the talent you need in time for the summer break.

For more information on the R&D Experience Grant and to find out if your business is eligible, please see Callaghan Innovation’s website, or contact your Regional Business Partner, Kelly Watt.


NZI Sustainability Awards 

Entries to New Zealand’s pre-eminent sustainability awards are now open!

The awards are free to enter and open to anyone in New Zealand with categories ranging from Efficiency Champion, Smarter Transport , Transforming Food , Partnering for Good, to Going Circular.

Applications close 14 June, with the awards ceremony being held 28 November, so get your applications in today to celebrate your sustainability progress!

Click here for more information

Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards 

Nominations for the 2019 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards are now open

Recognising excellence and achievement across the energy sector, this year there are nine individual categories for awards including a Low Carbon Future Award.

If you would like to nominate an individual or a group you have until 22 May to complete the entry form.

Click here for more information

Waste minimisation funding 

Boosting New Zealand's performance in waste minimisation

If you have a project that applies Ōhanga āmiomio (Circular Economy) principles and promotes or achieves waste minimisation then you may be eligible for funding from the Ministry for the Environment's Waste Minimisation Fund. Applications are open until 28 May.

Click here for more information, or contact Business projects coordinator Isabel Huther 

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