Callaghan innovation business case
2013/14 – 2015/16
As submitted to the Minister of Science and Innovation and
the Minister of Finance November 2013
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2013/14 – 2015/16
Vision for the Future
Callaghan Innovation will have a wide-reaching impact on New Zealand's ability to convert innovation into high-value products and services. By the end of 2016, the programmes and actions outlined in this three-year Business Case will be transforming the speed with which New Zealand firms commercialise their ideas and inventions. Our vision encompasses the following top ten outcomes over the next three years:
Firms Using R&D: New Zealand firms are engaging more intensively and productively with
research and technical service providers. The innovation system's science, engineering and
technology capability – spanning basic and applied research, and development – is better
connected and aligned with commercial needs and is more accessible to firms. Callaghan
Innovation is a trusted broker to assist firms with scoping their technical needs and
priorities, and connecting firms with prospective service providers and other solutions.
There is a demonstrable increase in the speed and frequency with which ideas are being
commercialised, and this translates into a significant increase in the economic contribution
of high-value manufacturing and service (HVMS) companies.
Accelerator Services: Callaghan Innovation is delivering a portfolio of Accelerator
Services to firms throughout New Zealand. These services assist firms with identifying the
issues constraining their growth, developing their growth strategies, linking them to the
resources and talent they need, evaluating their eligibility for R&D grants and administering
grants provided. New services continue to be developed, with those that are effective being
expanded and those that are ineffective being quickly identified and modified, or
Client Solutions Managers: The foundation for delivery of these services is a highly skilled
team of Client Solutions Managers (CSMs) who work directly with firms to help them
identify and access the Research and Technical Services and Accelerator Services they
need to deliver winning products and services into global markets. CSMs are
knowledgeable about the capabilities of partner organisations, such as New Zealand Trade
and Enterprise (NZTE) and New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF), and the full
range of technical services and research available across New Zealand. They link firms to
whichever institutions and resources are most appropriate, inside or outside Callaghan
Innovation. An advanced website, which utilises state-of-the-art social media and database
tools to link firms to the resources, tools and talent they need, is a key asset to support
National Technology Networks: A number of National Technology Networks (NTNs) have
been established, with each network comprising a collaborative mix of institutions, teams or
individual researchers who together provide key capacity for fundamental and applied
research in an important field of technology. Callaghan Innovation has in place a group of
experienced Network Managers who provide coordinating and facilitating roles to National
Technology Networks, but network members have full autonomy over their individual
programmes. The NTNs provide a mechanism for engagement between the National
Science Challenges and relevant research and business communities. NTNs are providing
the environment for the creation of new collaborative innovation projects and funding
models – drawing on relevant overseas experience – and involving research institutions
and firms, to generate and commercialise innovations. Numerous firms in multiple industry
sectors rely on these National Technology Networks for the fundamental and applied
research essential to remaining globally competitive in the medium to long term.
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Near-market Research and Technical Services: Callaghan Innovation has transformed
its internal R&D capabilities to focus on applied research and technical services that directly
help firms to complete their product development or manufacturing processes, for faster
launch into global markets. Examples of research and technical services include facilities
for manufacturing prototype products, advice and training on product and process
development methods, access to pilot plants to scale up production volumes (e.g. The
FoodBowl), access to specialised equipment, and testing and failure analysis. Callaghan
Innovation's facilities and experts are part of a well-defined nationwide set of product and
process development facilities owned by CRIs, private industry, Institutes of Technology
and Polytechnics (ITPs) and universities, which are available on a fee-for-service basis for
use by firms.
Transfer of Basic Research: New Zealand's research capabilities have been
strengthened by the transfer to appropriate universities or Crown Research Institutes (CRIs)
of some Callaghan Innovation research personnel and programmes that are primarily
focused on more early stage, fundamental research, rather than near-market research and
product development. Most of these basic research programmes are co-located with
Callaghan Innovation Research and Technical Services and firms at the Gracefield
innovation precinct, or at other university or precinct sites. These stronger and better
financed research teams are continuing to build New Zealand's global scientific reputation
and provide the knowledge advances that are fundamental to innovation and
commercialisation in the long term. They also strengthen the learning experience for
university students. Callaghan Innovation continues to have access and some influence
over this research through the teams' participation in the National Technology Networks,
the National Science Challenges, and collaborative innovation projects involving the
receiving university or CRI.
Gracefield Innovation Precinct: The Gracefield site of the former IRL has been revitalised
as an innovation precinct for the high-value manufacturing sector. With Callaghan
Innovation as the on-site manager, the current campus is home to a vibrant mix of firms,
university research teams, CRIs and Callaghan Innovation's Research and Technical
Services staff. A longer term plan for private and public development of this innovation
precinct has been completed and endorsed by stakeholders. This plan is aligned with the
needs of HVMS firms, the development goals of the Wellington region, and the intentions of
other innovation precincts around the country. Callaghan Innovation has staff and facilities
co-located within several innovation precincts around New Zealand, in addition to
Gracefield, including Wynyard Quarter, University of Canterbury, Downtown Christchurch
and the Lincoln AgTech precincts. These sites provide fertile ground for interaction between
firms, providers of science, engineering, technology and design (SETD) services, and
Māori HVMS Economy: Māori-owned businesses are well-represented among the firms
with whom CSMs are working. All Callaghan Innovation services – research and technical,
and accelerator – have taken into account the needs of the Māori economy. Māori
innovations and ideas are directly influencing and expanding the country's total innovation
environment. HVMS companies are becoming part of the mix of Māori-owned companies.
A Model for Other Countries: Other countries are starting to notice the New Zealand
model of accelerating commercialisation and are sending business and government
delegations to learn from our success. Callaghan Innovation is well-connected with the
Europe Enterprise Network and has affiliations with innovation initiatives in Australia, Asia
and the United States.
10. All New Zealanders Involved: These results have been achieved not through the actions
of Callaghan Innovation alone, but through partnerships across all New Zealand's stakeholder organisations. In particular, Callaghan Innovation has partnered closely with NZTE, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), universities, ITPs, CRIs, the venture capital community,
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including NZVIF, Economic Development Agencies (EDAs), industry associations and many hundreds of businesses to achieve a shared vision of national commercialisation and economic success.
The achievement of these top ten outcomes will signal a new era of innovation and economic growth for New Zealand and confirm that Callaghan Innovation is accomplishing its mission through the strategies and programmes described in this Business Case.
Callaghan Innovation's mission is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by firms in New Zealand. We are therefore focused on the needs of businesses, and on delivering services and resources that help them to be more competitive and/or launch their own new products and services faster, and thereby grow more quickly than they would otherwise.
We measure our effectiveness and success by the profitable
Our primary role in the New Zealand
growth of HVMS firms in New Zealand and the subsequent impact
innovation system is to:
on GDP per capita for the country.
• Provide research and technical services to
Three important characteristics of the New Zealand business
support near-market innovation by firms
environment, compared with other OECD countries, are that:
• Support and coordinate national
technology networks including partnering,
• The country's economy continues to be dominated by
collaborating and investing
primary industries in agriculture, food production, timber
and fisheries, which make up 58% of national annual
Assist firms to develop skil s and expertise
to successfully take ideas to market
• Award and administer R&D grants to firms
• Most New Zealand HVMS companies are very small by
• Foster a culture of innovation and build
international standards (less than $5m in revenues) and
excitement about business growth
we have very few large global HVMS companies (above
potential among current and future
$500m in revenues)
• New Zealand firms' investment in R&D is well below the
OECD average, with our medium and large firms investing less by proportion than their OECD counterparts, while SMEs (fewer than 50 employees) invest more by proportion. This is partly a consequence of the dominance of primary industries, such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry, in New Zealand's economy. These industries are less R&D intensive than the automotive, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, defence and computer hardware industries, which are more prevalent in other OECD nations and increasingly underpin their higher productivity and incomes per capita.
Relative to other OECD countries, these characteristics are holding back New Zealand's economic growth rate in the high-value, highly productive industry sectors that are critical for long-term prosperity and quality of life. Therefore Callaghan Innovation's primary roles are to:
• Motivate more people to innovate and commercialise their ideas by creating new HVMS
companies and inspiring existing business owners and leaders to build bigger companies
• Connect those businesses with the resources and skills they need to accelerate their
growth, including access to capital, markets, talent and technology
• Deliver research, technical and accelerator services that directly assist companies with
the speed and success rate of innovation, supporting the design, production and launch of their new HVMS products and services into global markets and/or innovating their production processes to increase competitiveness.
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Callaghan Innovation has developed initial strategies to perform each of these three roles and will continue to add to and improve these strategies over time. To be successful, Callaghan Innovation will need to establish itself as a well-informed honest broker in the eyes of both firms and SETD providers nationwide.
Our guiding principles are:
• Be firm-focused and firm-driven • Prioritise firms that demonstrate commitment to, and potential for, growth • Invest in services that meet business needs, as shown by firms' willingness to co-invest
• Support and expand programmes that other organisations have developed, rather than
duplicate existing solutions
• Try out new ideas quickly • Do more of what works and ‘call failure fast' on what doesn't work • Take a national perspective • Engage fully with the Māori economy and aspirations • Collaborate with and support partner organisations • Provide new services, while minimising competition with existing service providers • Be transparent and responsive to all stakeholders.
III. Motivating an Innovation Culture
The role of motivating the commercialisation of innovation is possibly the most intractable, as it implies potentially changing human behaviour and deeply held cultural values. However, Callaghan Innovation believes it can effectively motivate more interest in commercialising ideas by targeting two population segments with specific initiatives:
• Today's innovators: Entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders who are receptive to
creating or growing big HVMS businesses. The message to this segment is "Better by Big – business growth is good and personally rewarding for you and your employees, and it is well within your grasp". New entrepreneurs will be encouraged to ‘go for growth' from the earliest days of launching their businesses.
• Tomorrow's innovators: Young people at primary, secondary or tertiary education
levels who are still developing their interests, discovering their talents, and making life and career choices. The message to this segment is that many exciting and interesting career choices – doing cool things – are in store for kids who study science, engineering, design, and business.
Callaghan Innovation will seek to cultivate engagement with, and enthusiasm for, innovation; challenge people to take risks; and grow ambition. The following table lists the initial programmes that are being introduced to inspire an innovation and commercialisation mindset in these two segments of New Zealand's population.
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‘Motivate an Innovation Culture' Programmes
Innovation events and forums – thought-provoking information about innovation
Innovation information – access to stories, tips, trends and tools from New
Zealand and offshore to motivate and inspire
Trade missions, tours and site visits – opportunities to see new technologies
and best practice in action in New Zealand and offshore
Academic Interface Programme – organise a pool of volunteer academics and
researchers to meet one-on-one with entrepreneurs for informal discussions and
brainstorming. The programme addresses the fact that many firms have limited
knowledge of what R&D is all about and how R&D professionals can add
Collaboration with NZTE, NZVIF and NZX – a joint effort to motivate growth
aspirations and capabilities among willing entrepreneurs
Engagement with the media to promote stories on successful entrepreneurs and
create the HVMS equivalent of ‘Country Calendar'.
‘Motivate an Innovation Culture' Programmes
Futureintech – tools, insights and advice about the exciting career opportunities
in technology, engineering and science
Internship marketplace – opportunities to work with firms, apply existing training
and learn new skills
Sponsorship – sponsoring existing and new programmes to inspire innovation,
such as the Young Enterprise Trust or an annual ‘Take Your Child to Work Day'.
We will also work closely with the education sector at the primary through tertiary levels to explore how a passion for SETD and entrepreneurship can be intensified among young New Zealanders who are still in the education system and represent the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Where effective programmes already exist, we will support and invest in expanding those programmes, rather than duplicating them with new initiatives.
Callaghan Innovation has had preliminary discussions with three partner organisations about how to raise the aspirations of current business owners and leaders. The CEOs of NZTE, NZVIF and NZX have all expressed willingness to collaborate on unified messages and strategies to motivate growth. Our shared effort will focus on that subset of business owners and leaders who are willing to pursue growth, but may not have the necessary capabilities or aspirations in place yet.
The media can also be a valuable partner in promoting an innovation culture. Callaghan Innovation will encourage the media to highlight successful entrepreneurs and the rewards of business growth in magazines, radio and television.
Another approach for building an innovation culture is to attract to New Zealand multinational firms that establish an R&D presence here. This introduces companies of greater size into the New Zealand economy and helps transfer commercialisation skills into New Zealand as these companies hire and train local employees. Some of these employees will likely later move to other firms, cross-pollinating local firms with the innovative culture of the multinational. This approach will very likely be pursued in future but is not explicitly included in the Business Case due to limits on time and resources. We will keep the multinationals objective in mind and collaborate on any opportunities to attract multinationals to New Zealand that may be identified by the Chief Science Advisor or others, working with NZTE's Capital team, which has responsibility for attracting foreign direct investment.
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IV. Connecting Firms to Resources and Support
Finding the right
For a relatively compact country with a small population, New
Zealand's innovation system is surprisingly fragmented. It has diverse and often excellent skills and expertise spread across multiple organisations and locations, making it difficult for businesses to identify sources of help for their commercialisation problems. Callaghan Innovation is designing tools and programmes that will more efficiently help firms to identify weaknesses or gaps in their business skills and tap into the resources available, domestically or internationally, to strengthen
those weak areas. We refer to this portfolio as Accelerator
Tauranga company Prolan gained a
competitive advantage in Scandinavia, thanks
to being connected with the right experts.
Prolan produces lubricants and corrosion
inhibitors made from lanolin, a wax from
The driving force in delivering our Accelerator Services will be our
sheep wool. But Prolan's original product had
newly created Client Solutions Manager (CSM) positions. Over
limited use in cold climates, as it became
three years we will build a team of 30 CSMs, in partnership with
impossible to use at temperatures below 10
the Customer Managers at NZTE. Each of them will work with
multiple individual firms to assess their commercialisation
The company was put in touch with
capability and help them to access the help they need to
AgResearch and Locus Research, who
accelerate innovations being brought to market. The CSMs will be
collaborated to enhance Prolan's formulation.
supported by expert teams specialising in the services described
As a direct result of the project, Prolan
below. Over time, it is expected that NZTE, Callaghan Innovation,
developed a soft grease usable to zero
and possibly other government agencies, will move towards a
single customer-facing workforce that uses the same training,
The result: Prolan has increased its orders to
databases and tools to help firms access the full range of
Scandinavia, and the market is steadily
resources available to them.
• Access to Technology – Accelerator Services will build
a team of technical experts: experienced technically
trained professionals who can understand and assess a firm's underlying technology.
Their role is to identify the SETD expertise a firm may need, and connect the firm to the
appropriate resource. A number of firms have expressed the difficulty they face in finding
someone within the New Zealand system, or overseas, with the right knowledge and the
time to help them. Most of these technical experts will not be permanent Callaghan
Innovation employees. They will be associates, tapped as needed and available, to help
firms on specific problems and projects. Global Expert is a programme that connects
firms to technical experts nationally and internationally. Over time, this technology team
will extend Global Expert to a comprehensive, readily accessed database of experts,
many of whom will be part of the National Technology Networks described in a later
section. In some cases, the required expertise will be sourced from Callaghan
Innovation's own Research and Technical Services teams. Another approach, which has
been successful in Europe, is the establishment of Business Panels that identify the
shared problems of an industry or group of firms and foster collaborative projects to solve
• Access to Training – ‘Better By' training courses are developed and offered in
conjunction with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. NZTE's Better by Design and Better by Lean programmes are already available, with NZTE currently rolling out Better by Capital. Subject to market testing, we are looking to introduce Better by IP in 2014 and Better by Market Creation in 2015. The Training team in Accelerator Services also provides access to information about a range of skill development programmes available nationally and internationally. Self-assessment tools will be made available online to allow
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firms to evaluate their innovation readiness and identify the training available to take their internal capabilities to the next level.
• Access to Talent – Many firms mention a lack of skilled employees in New Zealand as
their single biggest growth constraint. The team of experts focused on talent will provide links to recruiting capabilities throughout New Zealand and work with the education sector to help translate firms' requirements into curricula design choices made by schools, ITPs and universities, linking closely with the work on driving innovation culture. Through this team, Callaghan Innovation will also provide services that link interns to HVMS firms, or facilitate joint appointments between firms and providers of science, engineering, technology and design (SETD) services. The Talent team will build a network of
experienced entrepreneurs and investors who may be willing to mentor a business owner or act as an interim
executive or director, where there is no conflict of interest,
"Raising capital in New Zealand is very
to complement the Academic Interface Programme. This
dif icult. Our sales this year wil be $35m with
‘Freelance Army' will tap the wealth of expertise among
EBITDA of $3m and the company is on target
successful returned expatriates and foreigners who spend
for sales and 40% ahead on profit for the first
time in New Zealand and wish to stay active in the
four months. Our projected growth target to
$50m revenue in 24 months is conservative
business world on a part-time basis.
as it is easy to continue to scale this company
• Access to Capital – This team will have a sound
into a very large market.
understanding of the various sources of capital available to
Based on our positive track record, both with
businesses and will be able to link an entrepreneur to
this business and our past businesses, we
those sources. They will also help firms polish their skills in
went to the market late last year to raise
making pitches to investors, working with NZTE and its
Better by Capital initiative. This team will coordinate its
To cut a long story short, we have received no
programmes with the initiatives of NZVIF and other
offers in New Zealand to date, despite
providers of capital, including banks, venture capital firms,
presenting our proposal to venture capitalists,
private equity firms, and angel investor groups.
angels and banks. We opened up the
opportunity to offshore investors and, as
expected, we have several interested parties
• Access to Markets – Accelerator Services will include a
but they all want to BUY the company."
small team that is closely aligned with NZTE, to ensure HVMS firms can access the knowledge they need of
- Source: A top New Zealand entrepreneur
potential markets and competition for their products and services. As one example, Callaghan Innovation will source help from NZTE's market research function to serve the needs of the companies engaging with our CSMs. As we work with more firms and different industries, we will identify the types of marketing assistance that firms need and locate resources that can help them. Access to this information will eventually be through online channels, such as the online services described above.
NZTE as Key Partner: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation have
complementary roles, each making a distinctive contribution to supporting firms to innovate, grow
and succeed internationally. The combined offerings of NZTE and Callaghan Innovation work
together to support firms' R&D activities, improve operations and productivity, develop talent,
access capital, develop effective growth strategies, create and access markets, and connect with
Callaghan Innovation and NZTE are working together to align our product and service offerings across the key areas of access to technology, training talent, capital and markets. Callaghan Innovation will frequently refer firms to NZTE services and training programmes. The transfer of the government-funded Incubator Support Programme from NZTE to Callaghan Innovation began in November 2013. Callahan Innovation will also administer the Repayable Grants Programme for technology-focused incubators. These incubator grants are discussed further under Grants Services below.
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The two agencies will share client segmentation and engagement processes and systems as much as possible, in order to provide clients with a consistent experience and to support the ‘No Wrong Door' principle. Both organisations will co-invest in shared infrastructure, such as a combined customer relationship management system. In addition, Callaghan Innovation and NZTE will share staff training programmes so that staff understand the role of each organisation, the service offerings, and how to leverage their respective capabilities.
Online Services: An especially important and fundamental new initiative for Callaghan
Innovation is a project code named Avatar, in which state-of-the-art social media and cloud-
based search techniques will be used to build an online site for access to many of the accelerator
services listed above, and the research and technical services and technology networks
described in a later section. Avatar will enable a dynamic, cloud-based community of firms and
service providers to connect with each other and share experiences, leads and information.
Individuals can post résumés and seek jobs or internships, while firms can identify the expertise
they need. Avatar will require a high level of IT innovation and expertise within Callaghan
Innovation to develop and maintain this vibrant source of information, dialogue and contacts.
When scoping the potential product and service offering of Callaghan Innovation, it became apparent that Callaghan Innovation needed to support firms and other communities of interest by providing:
• Intermediary services and improved connectivity and expertise in the innovation system • Facilitation for industry-led research and innovation consortia • Support for the formation of innovation clusters • Access to business R&D grants • Access to relevant technical and commercialisation expertise, information, equipment and
• Mechanisms to foster the mobility of staff and students
between universities, CRIs and businesses.
Callaghan Innovation's ability to make a significant impact by using traditional delivery channels for products and services based on these requirements is limited by the level of resources available to us. However, provision of services via an online channel will not
only serve the firms that Callaghan Innovation's CSMs engage
Government grants were critical to fruit and
with, but will also enable Callaghan Innovation to reach a much
vegetable-handling machinery maker Compac
Sorting Equipment's expansion into a new
Callaghan Innovation's ability to provide improved connectivity and
A $3.3m R&D project grant helped Compac
collaboration, and to enable firms to participate more fully in the
develop imaging software and specialised
innovation ecosystem, requires more than a traditional website to
sorting equipment to grade smaller fruit.
enable the access of static content. Improved connectivity and
Compac's general R&D programme also
collaboration can be achieved via the facilitation of a dynamic
received a $1.6m technology development
Our initial assessment is that this does not require new IT
These grants allowed the company to: make a
platforms or expert systems, but does require leveraging existing
big investment in R&D by taking out some of
technologies and enabling easier access and management of
the financial risk; grow faster and take on
these for users. This assessment also indicates that this approach
more staff; and speed up R&D by working
is likely to be self-sustaining and more efficient than the traditional
with research organisations.
The result: Three cherry sorters worth
mil ions sold in the US and Chile, with
We recognise that the Avatar project is technically quite complex
Compac expecting sales to grow significantly.
and, therefore, potentially risky to accomplish. To minimise the risk, and also make some initial capabilities available to firms
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quickly, the Avatar project will be developed in modules. The project will be managed in line with best practice guidelines set out in the Governance and Oversight of Large Information Technology Projects by the Office of the Auditor-General in 2000.
Grants Services: Another important set of services which Callaghan Innovation already provides
is the issuing and administration of several types of government-funded grants. These grants
support firms to undertake additional R&D over and above the investment they would make
without grant funding. Callaghan Innovation already has in place a team (transferred from MBIE)
with extensive expertise in assessing a firm's readiness to take advantage of various
government-funded grants This team will continue to administer the Government's Business R&D
Grants funding, through the new investment categories announced in Budget 2013:
• Growth grants: significant grants of up to $5m per year to support a programme of R&D
activity for three years (alongside 80% investment from the business)
• Project grants: project-focused grants, aimed at businesses early in their R&D
investment activity, or to support collaborative projects (alongside 50-70% investment from the business)
• Student grants: to support undergraduate and graduate students to work in a commercial
• Incubator Support Programme: provides operational funding to founder-focused
incubators. These grants increase the probability that entrepreneur-initiated companies receiving services from the incubator will grow into successful companies. Currently seven incubators receive total annual funding of $4.6m through this programme.
• Repayable Grants Programme: provides grants to technology-focused incubators in
order to create and nurture new businesses based on promising areas of technology. This new programme will ramp up to providing 24 grants annually of $450,000. These grants must be repaid once the new businesses begin generating revenues.
The awarding of grants for firms and incubators provides a clear indication of the types of businesses and industries in New Zealand that are investing in R&D and developing technology-intensive new products. The specific work undertaken using grant funds is strictly confidential to the receiving organisation, however, Callaghan Innovation will encourage all New Zealand's R&D providers to use publicly available data on grants utilisation to better align their capabilities and services with the help that businesses need.
Section V below discusses the research services Callaghan Innovation will offer as part of New Zealand's total R&D capability.
Service Mix: The portfolio of services described above was chosen from the recommendations
of reports on business needs and barriers to commercialisation (including Powering Innovation in
2011 and an MBIE-commissioned survey of business demand for innovation services in
2012).The services also reflect the experience of internal experts from both the grants
administration and R&D sides of the business; evidence of the effectiveness of New Zealand and
overseas policy initiatives and levers; and input from extensive discussions with firms held by
Board members and senior management of Callaghan Innovation.
Different options for the service mix were assessed, given the financial constraints. The final portfolio represents, in the view of Callaghan Innovation's Board and management, the best balance of short and long-term impact activities possible within the budget available. It is a starting point that will be continually refined and adapted in the market, within a ‘call failure fast' framework, so the portfolio as a whole is continually adjusted to improve performance and results.
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Wherever we identify an existing service or programme established by a third party in the private or public sector, our approach will be to assess whether that programme already serves the needs of New Zealand's innovators and how we can help to support and expand it, rather than creating a new programme at Callaghan Innovation. In some cases we may help to consolidate multiple existing programmes to achieve greater impact and productivity than each is achieving on its own. With this approach, we will help to connect nationwide capabilities, reduce fragmentation, and leverage investments already made. This philosophy applies to theaccelerator services described above and the research and technical services discussed in the next section.
Delivering Research and Technical Services
The third role of Callaghan Innovation has been the most challenging to define as it requires a sound understanding of the needs of firms, both revealed and emerging; research and development capabilities inherited from the former IRL; an appreciation of the SETD expertise in other organisations such as universities, ITPs, CRIs, industry and other research organisations; and insight into the intricacies and history of different forms of funding that have sustained the country's R&D capabilities to date.
Research and Technical Services
In keeping with its principles of collaboration and national perspective, Callaghan Innovation will focus its internal research and SETD activities on where they will directly impact the ability of a firm to bring a product from idea to launch in the fastest possible time, and/or improve its manufacturing processes to ensure its products are priced competitively and performing optimally. This means Callaghan Innovation will develop world-class research and technical expertise to support near-market innovation in fields such as:
Research and expertise in product development
processes and procedures. Callaghan Innovation will
build, over time, a team of experts who can assist firms
with planning and executing the series of steps required
for successful product development. Project management
expertise is part of this capability.
Customised research and product development
assistance to solve specific process or product-related
The FoodBowl, a joint venture between
problems for firms. Callaghan Innovation's SETD experts
Callaghan Innovation and ATEED, has helped
will directly help firms to solve their toughest problems.
premium chil i maker Culley's grow from a
hobby to a commercial company about to start
A ‘one-stop shop' source of expertise about the
regulations and compliance issues required for various
The FoodBowl's high-tech equipment and
types of products in foreign markets. This service means
specialist staff helped Culley's to produce
companies will not have to figure this out for themselves
more chili more quickly, improve productivity
or, through ignorance, make costly mistakes in product
and efficiency, and maintain consistency.
design, documentation or packaging. Because of the wide
Production time was cut by about three-
range of regulations and regulatory environments, it is
quarters and potential output lifted from about
likely that Callaghan Innovation will initially specialise in
1,500 bottles a day to over 6,000.
certain product categories and identify third parties with
The FoodBowl's service also included help
expertise in others.
with business development, such as
Machine shop and workshop facilities that firms need
diversifying production channels, and advice
and training on technical issues, such as
to create prototype products or evaluate manufacturing
testing and bottle fil ing.
equipment. This capability will include additive manufacturing equipment and expertise, sometimes
The result: Culley's recently signed a large
linked with other providers.
Australian distribution deal.
Testing and failure analysis services, through which
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firms can quickly understand the cause of product or component performance problems. Callaghan Innovation will make available testing equipment and expertise that individual firms could not afford and would only occasionally use.
Pilot plant research capability and facilities to assist a firm in scaling up its
manufacturing from prototype to production quantities. The GlycoSyn, SuperEx and
FoodBowl facilities are the three existing examples of this service but more pilot capability
may be added, driven by the needs of firms in various industries. Note that, unlike the
original FoodBowl assumptions, there is no expectation that these pilot plant facilities will
generate a profit, or break even, in their own right. Their success will be measured by the
successful commercialisation ramp-up of the firms that use the pilot plants.
Open lab services and research expertise that offer shared use of physical locations,
providing fit-for-purpose short-term accommodation for businesses wanting direct access
to technical specialists, equipment, advice and services that are world-class, professional
and business-friendly. In addition to offering our own open lab facilities, Callaghan
Innovation, through its accelerator services, will link firms to the facilities available at other
These services have been identified based on the research commissioned by MBIE in 2012, which surveyed firms on their existing approaches to innovation and their views on how an Advanced Technology Institute could be helpful to them. One finding from that research is shown below.
Capital-intensive facilities and equipment
In recent months more discussions have taken place with dozens of individual firms that confirm needs for these services. However, more work remains to be done to validate these services and establish priorities. As the costs of developing these research and technical services are better understood, it is likely that current funding will not be sufficient to fully develop all seven service categories. Instead, there will be a focus on doing well in a shorter list of the services firms most need and are willing to purchase. An important criterion for Callaghan Innovation when offering any technical service is that multiple firms are creating a demand for that service and are ‘putting their money where their mouth is' by paying, at least in part, for the cost of the service.
Currently Callaghan Innovation has a mix of product development and more fundamental science and research programmes. It is anticipated that the majority of the new Research and Technical Services (RTS) teams will be drawn from within our current R&D staff. Teams whose research is primarily fundamental and early stage are a better fit with research-focused universities or CRIs and a transfer process is already underway.
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While these research teams are better located in universities or CRIs – so that they can continue to participate in contestable funding rounds and be a part of wider research programmes and cultures – their underlying capability and pipeline of new discoveries remains important to Callaghan Innovation. Research is critical to a sustainable innovation system and Callaghan Innovation requires access to the research capabilities across all research organisations.
Callaghan Innovation will continue to have access to the capability and discoveries of relocated research teams in a number of ways:
• These teams will be members of the National Technology Networks, which Callaghan
Innovation will establish and lead. The opportunities for coordination and alignment between Callaghan Innovation – with our focus on providing more applied research and technical services – and these research teams could potentially be further strengthened through the design of, and involvement in, the National Science Challenges
• By helping firms to access the most appropriate SETD services across the innovation
system, our Client Solutions Managers (CSMs) will identify opportunities for these research teams to contribute to solutions for firms
• Appropriate partnership and governance arrangements around these teams, including
possible joint venture arrangements, will be agreed with the receiving university or CRI to ensure continuing access and alignment.
In addition, Callaghan Innovation will retain teams where research directly supports our more technical services – for example, glycotherapeutics research, which will support the GlycoSyn pilot plant services.
Callaghan Innovation will establish the performance expectations for all RTS initiatives to ensure the expected benefits are being delivered. Explicit criteria will be developed for the success of a programme, against which objective decisions can be made in the future on cancelling or continuing such R&D programmes.
It is anticipated that, in that open dialogue process, additional research functions may also be identified as a good fit with universities or CRIs. In general, the approach would be to move these functions to where their value could be maximised. Any contestable funding allocated to such research would also be transferred.
The restructuring of RTS in Callaghan Innovation also represents an opportunity to reduce the overhead cost structure of the organisation. Some of the non-R&D roles are likely to transition to roles in the Accelerator Services Group. Any change process will be appropriately managed. It is likely that the overhead costs of the new Research and Technical Services function in Callaghan Innovation will have at least a 10% reduction in overhead costs, compared with the former IRL structure.
This business model also addresses the long-standing concern about competition between Callaghan Innovation and universities or CRIs for contestable science funding administered by MBIE. Callaghan Innovation has made a strategic decision to not pursue contestable funding as a lead researcher in the future, so that it can engage in a fully collaborative relationship with all New Zealand's SETD providers. There will likely be situations where a third-party lead researcher submitting a contestable funding proposal requires skills and/or equipment from Callaghan Innovation as a sub-contractor, which Callaghan Innovation will, of course, provide. Our role will be to support the proposals of the broader R&D system, rather than compete with them. Without contestable funding income, Callaghan Innovation's services will be sustained by funding from the Government for strategic investment in capability, and by commercial revenues. If firms do not value a particular technical service provided by Callaghan Innovation enough to pay for it, at least partially, then that service is unlikely to continue.
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The outcome of the contestable funding round for 2013 was that Callaghan Innovation was awarded only one of 14 submitted proposals. The one award was for superconductivity, whose activities are likely to transfer to Victoria University of Wellington. This outcome represents a shortfall to budgeted revenues of about $4.3m. Callaghan Innovation will sustain the RTS organisation by moving $4.3m in operating funds from Output Classes One and Two to Output Class Three to ensure R&D capability is sustained in the organisation, though not necessarily for the same projects that applied for, but did not receive, contestable funding. Some new accelerator services will be introduced more slowly as a result.
MBIE officials indicated a willingness to consider re-allocation of Callaghan Innovation's existing multi-year contestable funds, if the original proposal was for work that is no longer well-aligned with the new Callaghan Innovation direction, as set out in this Business Case.
Gracefield Innovation Precinct
Our proposed scenario is that the Gracefield site will become an innovation precinct including Callaghan Innovation's Research and Technical Services specialists, HVMS firms (13 of which already have tenancies on the campus), and the research teams transferred to universities and/or Crown Research Institutes. Some transferred staff might hold joint appointments between Callaghan Innovation and their new employer. The precinct organisations will share facilities, such as the cafeteria, machine shops and meeting rooms, creating ‘water cooler' exchanges of ideas between the different entities on the campus.
The innovation precinct will enable firms to collaborate and build scale with each other and SETD providers, both nationally and internationally, to improve knowledge and skills, deploy technology and develop a cohort of growth-oriented firms. It will build a critical mass of HVMS
businesses and science, engineering, technology and design providers focused on taking full advantage of domestic and international opportunities, including integration into global supply chains and opportunities arising out of Asia.
It is expected that Callaghan Innovation will run the innovation precinct, engage a property developer in its long-term design, and access capital from tenant organisations for building
improvements. In addition to the firms currently located at
Long-term collaboration with New Zealand
Gracefield, Callaghan Innovation will seek out 1-3 well-
Pharmaceuticals (NZP) led to the
regarded, successful high-value firms willing to relocate parts of
development of a product worth mil ions of
their business to Gracefield as anchor tenants for the site. Such
firms can also act as valuable motivators to the earlier stage
In 2003, scientists in Callaghan Innovation's
companies in the precinct, providing a daily reminder of what is
Carbohydrate Chemistry group developed a
process that the company licensed and scaled
up to produce a carbohydrate known as
This innovation precinct concept allows for co-location and
ManNAc, used to manufacture various drugs
collaboration between Callaghan Innovation's retained and
expanded firm-focused product development teams and the
The result: NZP sells ManNAc to
more science and research-focused efforts of the participating
biotechnology companies around the world, a
universities and CRIs. It lets Callaghan Innovation focus on its
business that has made the company mil ions
firm-driven research and technical services; preserve the teams
and led to the construction of a new
and the value of the research capabilities that were in CIRL; and
avoid extensive relocation or redundancies for employees.
The concept of an innovation precinct at Gracefield will require substantial investment in the buildings and facilities on the campus, and a dedicated business case for the site will need to be developed. However, the precinct proposal fits well with the economic development plans for the Hutt Valley via Hutt City's Vision Seaview Gracefield 2030;
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the Technology Valley® Development Group projects; and the community-led initiative Technology Valley. These three projects recognise the potential of the Seaview Gracefield area to significantly increase its role as a major industrial, commercial and advanced manufacturing hub for the Wellington region and for New Zealand.
In early 2011, the former IRL prepared site development plans for the Gracefield campus. These plans were focused on enabling the site to deliver on the Government's National Science priorities, to provide specialised working areas and facilities to meet the operational requirements of IRL and its tenants, and to become a technology hub for the region. The Gracefield campus plans were developed within an investment cap of $20m, appropriate to that more limited brief. These plans need to be reviewed in light of the more ambitious aspiration for the Gracefield site as an innovation precinct.
The investment required to deliver the innovation precinct vision will be significantly greater than the cap set for the Gracefield campus development. Recent examples of proposed developments include Auckland University's development of the former Lion Breweries site in Newmarket, Auckland and the Lincoln Hub. Auckland University's Newmarket development work in the next five years is estimated to cost $86m (excludes $67m purchase of site). Similarly the Lincoln Hub (agricultural research and education facility to be sited at Lincoln, near Christchurch), which has been developed by a partnership of Lincoln University, DairyNZ and Crown Research Institutes AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, and Landcare Research, sees AgResearch investing $100m over four years.
Callaghan Innovation will work with local government, developers, businesses, iwi and the community to develop the detailed business case for the innovation precinct.
Incubators and ‘Open Labs'
Currently NZTE manages the MBIE-funded Incubator Support Programme, which is now transferring to Callaghan Innovation. The purpose of the Incubator Support Programme is to enable the survival and development of early-stage, high-growth businesses through the provision of partial funding for high-quality business incubators. The incubator services are targeted at entrepreneurs, and start-up ventures with high-growth, export potential. The Incubator Support Programme provides funding assistance to qualifying incubators; promotes best practice among incubators; and helps facilitate connections between incubators and other organisations with an interest in incubation locally and internationally.
Callaghan Innovation's focus on providing world-class capability in product development, and in particular, its Open Labs initiative, has synergies with the Incubator Support Programme. Strong linkages between the Open Labs and incubators will accelerate the creation of new HVMS firms by ensuring entrepreneurs are able to easily access technical specialists, equipment and services within a disciplined new product development process. This customised product development assistance will help entrepreneurs with prototyping of products, testing and failure analysis, and ensure products are manufacture-ready.
The table overleaf summarises the implementation plan for establishing Callaghan Innovation's research and technical services and transforming Gracefield into an innovation precinct.
Once the Gracefield innovation precinct is established, it will represent just one of a national chain of innovation precincts located throughout the country and specialising to some extent in different industries. The list of current and anticipated innovation precincts is shown in the second table below.
Current Science and Innovation Hub Activity
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This is a local council initiative for an innovation precinct (still in the
Ongoing. Some tenants in
development stage). ICT focus.
(e.g. ASB), but proponents still considering operator and governance issues.
Waikato Innovation Park was established to be the focus for agri-
technology innovation and an AgBio cluster in the Waikato region. It
is home to FoodWaikato, the regional pilot-scale spray drier that is
part of the NZ Food Innovation Network. Located next to AgResearch at Ruakura, and close to the University of Waikato and
the Waikato Institute of Technology.
In 2009, research providers in Palmerston North (Massey University,
Website established 2009.
BioCommerce Centre, Riddet Institute, AgResearch, Plant & Food
Concept to be re-launched
and Fonterra) launched a centre for food research and innovation
through establishing a website under the ‘Food Innovation NZ' label. Spurred on by the development of the Lincoln Innovation Precinct, this concept has now been reinvigorated (supported by Palmerston North City and Manawatu District Councils) and is being re-launched as the Food Centre.
Early 2011, the Hutt City Council proposed a science and
On hold, pending decisions
Park (Hutt Valley)
technology park in Gracefield, alongside Industrial Research
on Gracefield campus by
Limited's (IRL) Gracefield campus.
In April 2013, Ministers Joyce and Guy unveiled concept plans for a
Business case may be
world-class agricultural research and education facility to be located
submitted by the end of the
at Lincoln, just outside Christchurch.
year. Operational changes
likely to begin sooner than physical changes.
Early 2014? ICT and knowledge-based innovation precinct in
Potentially a temporary hub
established in early 2014 for start-ups. Anchor tenants in potentially from late 2014/early 2015.
Current Science and Innovation Hub Activity (continued)
2014? The master plan for the health precinct in Christchurch shows
Master plan delivered in
areas for research and innovation. The innovation section will largely
June. Establishment likely in
be health-related companies, including health ICT. The research
section planned to include the University of Otago and the University of Canterbury (UC).
UC's business case includes a proposal for a centre for learning,
Medium to longer-term.
teaching, research and innovation in science and science education.
Innovation Centre (Chch)
Tait Campus (Chch)
Tait Communications has intentions for a campus development at
the Wairakei Road site for technology-based firms.
The transition of our SET capabilities and associated alignment with partner organisations is the most demanding challenge facing Callaghan Innovation in the next 12 months, as it requires cooperation between multiple organisations, and respect and consideration for the employees whose roles or employment status are affected. However, Callaghan Innovation believes the transition provides the clarity and focus that is critical to achieving our mission in the long term.
This re-shaping of the SETD role of Callaghan Innovation represents an exceptional window of opportunity to create a very different innovation entity than has ever existed in New Zealand. The Board of Callaghan Innovation and the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister are supportive of the new direction. The decision to radically restructure the former IRL site at Gracefield will be as courageous and important as the decision to launch Callaghan Innovation itself. It is an approach that fits the widely expressed needs of firms and addresses the concerns
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of universities and CRIs. In addition, it creates a compelling rebirth of the Gracefield site as a hub for innovation in New Zealand.
VI. Customer Segments and Marketing for our Services
Even with the best possible accelerator services and research and technical services in place, Callaghan Innovation will need to get the word out to its target market to generate demand for its services. There has been significant discussion on whether Callaghan Innovation should give priority to certain kinds of firms and, if so, which ones. Firms in need of commercialisation help can be categorised by size, industry and innovation maturity. The opportunity for Callaghan Innovation to have an impact is quite different for a large well-established firm already operating in global markets, compared with a start-up company operating within an incubator. A food and beverages firm has very different needs from a software company.
NZTE has already done substantial work on segmenting firms in New Zealand and has identified 500 firms that have potential for international growth. NZVIF also has expertise in, and knowledge of, the venture capital and angel investment communities. There are sets of firms working within incubators or at the commercialisation units of universities, all of which can benefit from using Callaghan Innovation's services. The set of firms that have already received grants from Callaghan Innovation represent another target group.
In the first 2-3 months of implementing this Business Case, Callaghan Innovation will partner with NZTE, and be informed by NZVIF's knowledge of the venture investment communities, to identify those firms that are demonstrating strong aspirations for growth. Our focus will be on the firms most willing to take advantage of Callaghan Innovation's services and where success stories can validate our services and inspire other firms to engage with us. The 'sweet spot' will be firms that are already seeking market access help from NZTE and help in raising capital. Where these
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firms also need access to technology and more applied research and technical services, there is a powerful opportunity to bring together the capabilities of several government entities in supporting a firm's growth.
Once the priority firms are identified, Callaghan Innovation will connect them to the full range of available resources, expertise and grants, through the new CSMs. Other marketing approaches
will be used to reach a broader cross-section of firms, including
A partnership between the sheep meat
web-based approaches and publicity at events etc. Callaghan
industry, research organisations and
Innovation will work with firms of all sizes. However, large firms are
Callaghan Innovation is producing world-
more likely to have internal capability, which makes them less
leading meat processing robots.
dependent on our services. SMEs are recognised worldwide as
The Ovine Automation Consortium aims to lift
being the dominant drivers of job creation, breakthrough product
industry productivity and address labour
ideas, and therefore economic impact. For this reason, Callaghan
Innovation will focus particularly on reaching out to SMEs.
Along with food processing company Milmeq
and the Meat Industry Association (MIA),
Whenever a marketing initiative fails to gain much response, it will
Callaghan Innovation helped facilitate the
be quickly discontinued, consistent with our ‘call failure fast'
consortium's creation and developed some
principle. It will be important to analyse why a particular approach
did not work so that the knowledge can be applied to alternative
Funding comes from both government and
strategies. Failures are only helpful when something useful is
industry – nine businesses plus MIRINZ
learned from them and successful alternatives are produced,
(jointly owned by MIA and Beef + Lamb NZ).
otherwise they are just failures.
The result: The robots operate at several
plants and promise to contribute to higher
returns, longer shelf life and a more
internationally competitive industry.
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VII. National Technology Networks
Another major Callaghan Innovation initiative is the formation and development of proposed National Technology Networks. During an in-depth review of Callaghan Innovation's internal R&D capabilities, it emerged that there were several areas of SETD expertise that provided the scientific and engineering knowledge essential to support firms in one or multiple high priority industries. The table below shows a preliminary list of industries (columns) and possible technology networks (rows).
It was clear during the SETD Alignment project that New Zealand has significant or excellent capability in each of these technologies, although that capability is spread across teams or individual experts in multiple organisations and locations. The intent of the National Technology Networks is that these networks of scientists, engineers, technologists and their related equipment could be managed, coordinated and funded in a more strategic way to ensure current and emerging New Zealand firms have depth and breadth of innovation to draw upon and access easily. Callaghan Innovation's Research and Technical Services and the research teams transferred to universities and CRIs will form part of these networks.
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The table shows a preliminary identification of organisations that are undertaking research or development, related to each network. The first networks will focus on food technology, information and communications technologies, sensing technologies and advanced materials. Callaghan Innovation is appointing research and technically-literate network managers tasked with identifying the nationwide components of the selected networks, identifying any gaps, linking to any offshore institutions related to a network, and generally promoting and supporting the teams that make up a network. These networks could become a framework for a national science and innovation strategy that can help to define a more strategic approach to funding, rather than making one-off decisions on individual proposals.
The network managers will initially focus on attaining a sound understanding of the science and research skills and projects underway in each area across New Zealand, and will build relationships with the relevant research institutions to ensure this information remains current. We will use this information and work closely with research organisations, such as Science New Zealand, universities, ITPs and CRIs, to define and select future NTNs that will meet New Zealand businesses' innovation priorities. The information will also be used in online services to educate Accelerator Services staff and to assist firms with connecting to the relevant research and technical services. The next step will be to build greater connection and community amongst those research institutions that are members of each NTN, and the industry organisations and firms for whom the network is relevant. We anticipate the NTNs will provide an efficient mechanism for engagement with the National Science Challenges. Ultimately, the NTNs provide the environment for the member research institutions and client firms to explore new organisational structures and co-funding models that provide improved alignment and stronger pipelines of commercially relevant discoveries spanning both research and technical solutions.
We will look to overseas experience with network-like structures, such as those operated by Germany's Fraunhofer Institutes and the Danish Innovation Networks, to inform the development of NTNs in New Zealand. Like New Zealand, these countries have also seen the opportunity to better connect the research and technology skills distributed across their regions, in order to help firms to access the expertise needed for innovation. However, we need to be mindful of the particular structure of our HVMS sector – notably the absence of a large number of firms of global scale that can act as foundation and funding partners – and how this might impact the design, funding and evolution of ‘fit for purpose' NTNs in New Zealand.
The structure of R&D funding and mix of R&D providers in New Zealand also differs from structures in other countries. These differences are important to consider when introducing commercialisation concepts that have been successful overseas.
Networks will, of course, evolve constantly over time – some networks will become obsolete and new networks will emerge as science breakthroughs generate new technologies and new industries. Sustainability of any given network will ultimately rely on measurable firm involvement. Membership in networks will also evolve, as member organisations or individuals move into new areas of research, leaving or joining a network as a result. The Board will carry out a formal review process for all networks to ensure they continue to add value.
To be effective, the network managers need to be highly regarded in a science or engineering field in their own right, to have a well-developed network and reputation in the R&D community, and have the interpersonal skills to forge collaboration across networks. They also need to have a good understanding of business needs so that the networks remain well-aligned with commercialisation priorities. These roles, along with the CSMs, will be among the most important and high impact operations positions in Callaghan Innovation.
Note that the research and technical services offered by Callaghan Innovation will be just one part of broader national capabilities. Many of New Zealand's CRIs and corporations have internal product development equipment and staff. Callaghan Innovation will have a clear line of sight to the full range of product development services across New Zealand and through its CSMs will
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connect firms to those services. Examples would be networking with providers of 3D printing capabilities at Otago Polytechnic, or sending firms to the mechanical pulping, screening and cleaning plant at Scion for developing innovative wood products.
National Science Challenges
The Callaghan Innovation Business Case connects directly to the National Science Challenges (NSC). The challenges, especially Challenge #10: Science for Technological Innovation, have huge potential to further the commercialisation of innovation across many industry sectors. Maintaining a clear line of sight to the needs of firms and the realities of global competition will ensure the challenges achieve their potential to drive not just science, but the transfer of science to commercially viable products.
The formation and evolution of the National Technology Networks could be considered an integral element of implementing this challenge, as they will draw together researchers and end-user businesses that will support the development of collaborative work programmes within the challenge framework. Work done on other challenges will likely also be carried out by the research teams that make up the networks. Callaghan Innovation anticipates taking a proactive leadership role in Challenge #10 in particular, and will align its Research and Technical Services and the National Technology Networks to achieve the NSC objectives.
VIII. Domestic and International Partnerships
The mission of Callaghan Innovation and the goals of this Business Case cannot be achieved without active engagement by many institutions and individuals in both the government and private sectors. Reference to these partnerships has been made throughout this Business Case but it is worth discussing the role of partnerships as a specific strategy.
Domestic Partnerships: The mission of Callaghan Innovation is the shared mission of all New
Zealanders. From entrepreneurs to government officials, to KEA members living overseas, to
high school students making career choices – all New Zealanders have the potential to impact
the commercialisation of innovation and its economic impact. The importance of NZTE as a
partner has been raised above. However, the following organisations are also particularly
Universities, their commercialisation units, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), industry research organisations, Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), CRIs and private research organisations will be the backbone of the National Technology Networks that form the collective national SETD capability in each field. Callaghan Innovation relies on these organisations to share their capabilities in databases accessible to firms; to adapt their research methodology to the speed and responsiveness needed by firms; and to work collaboratively on determining where new investments in expensive research equipment and expertise should be made.
Organisations that provide capital are important partners for Callaghan Innovation, since access to capital will frequently be essential for firms to invest in SETD capabilities and growth. Banks, venture capital and private equity firms, NZVIF, angel investors and the New Zealand stock exchanges, such as NZX, are all critical to funding the growth of HVMS firms. Callaghan Innovation will maintain close relationships with the financial sector to be able to direct firms appropriately to these sources of smart capital.
KiwiNet and other commercialisation partners will be important and will link with Callaghan Innovation to provide investment panel services to evaluate start-up innovations for firms.
Economic Development Agencies (EDAs) play a critical role in stimulating sustainable economic development and increasing prosperity in regional and local communities. Callaghan Innovation is working with EDAs to identify opportunities to partner on initiatives that will support the commercialisation of innovation by firms in the regions.
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Callaghan Innovation is collaborating with the EDAs to ensure that its services are accessible to firms.
Policies and programmes established by government through MBIE and MFAT, and initiatives of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, provide another driving force in accelerating commercialisation. Callaghan Innovation expects to be an operational arm of these policies, and also a source of feedback and expertise to help guide them.
Working closely with tertiary education providers on curricula and career pathways, including innovative internships, will be critical to ensuring technical graduates meet the current and future needs of firms in New Zealand.
Constructive engagement with the media is an important means by which Callaghan Innovation can keep the importance of HVMS business growth in the public eye, and communicate success stories that encourage venture capital investment and inspire entrepreneurs to pursue growth strategies.
Building on the Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meetings with the European Union in Brussels, Callaghan Innovation will be the single point of contact into New Zealand firms for EU networks such as EEN, EUREKA, EraSME and CORNET. By formalising New Zealand's links to these R&D networks, Callaghan Innovation can open up access to the vast databases, matchmaking events, regulatory advice and funding mechanisms of these EU organisations.
Callaghan Innovation will seek out similar R&D networks in Asia and the USA, including working with networks that have been identified by the Chief Science Advisor, to further expand the access of New Zealand firms to global resources and opportunities.
Callaghan Innovation will form strategic partnerships with successful international institutes such as the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany, both to support business access to global services and also to adapt knowledge gained from initiatives that have fostered commercialisation success.
Relationships forged with other countries' ambassadors to New Zealand can also form linkages into those countries' innovation processes and outcomes. Foreign embassies in New Zealand provide opportunities for joint sponsorship of guest speakers and technology events.
An active relationship with KEA is a means by which Callaghan Innovation can connect firms to the resources and networks of New Zealanders living abroad.
IX. Equity Ownership in Firms
Historically the former IRL at times sought to raise funds and commercialise research by setting up for-profit companies either alone or in partnership with one or more outside firms. Callaghan Innovation will not continue this practice. Not only have past examples of such ventures rarely been profitable, but equity ownership in firms is not part of the Callaghan Innovation mission and the management effort needed to enable these firms to achieve and retain profitability is often substantial. These equity ownership situations can create a significant distraction for Callaghan Innovation's management and technical staff, taking time and resources away from helping all HVMS firms accelerate their commercialisation of innovation. Callaghan Innovation measures its success by the profit growth of its clients, not by setting up its own business ventures.
Callaghan Innovation will continue to meet its contractual obligations to firms it currently owns while seeking to transition out over time in a manner appropriate to each entity. Exit strategies are well under way for most inherited businesses. That said, Callaghan Innovation will continue to retain equity in entities that are vehicles for providing our Research and Technical Services e.g.
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The FoodBowl. Such organisations will be operated with a goal of at least partial cost recovery through fees from firms that use the services, but will not be operated with the expectation of either making a profit or growing beyond the scale needed to support the firms that use these services.
Another distinction between Callaghan Innovation policy and past practices at IRL is in the treatment of intellectual property. Callaghan Innovation will, through its research and technical services, likely generate some inventions and technologies that can be patented. The firm for whom the services are being provided will own the intellectual property and be encouraged to protect these inventions by obtaining patents, trademarks or maintaining trade secrets as appropriate.
Where there is no firm with the immediate need to protect, or interest in protecting, a patentable invention, Callaghan Innovation will apply for a patent with a view to protecting the intellectual property for New Zealand. As soon as an existing or new firm has need of that intellectual property, and is demonstrably able and intending to commercialise it, the IP rights will be made available to that business. In other cases, where appropriate in the national
interest, the IP will be open to all firms in New Zealand.
XI. Strategy for the Māori Economy
Māori economic development and the growth of the New Zealand
economy are closely linked; improvements in one will add
measurable benefits to the other. Callaghan Innovation will ensure
that it is actively supporting and addressing the needs of Māori
businesses to grow and be competitive in the global market. The
Government research expertise and funding
key pou or pillars of Callaghan Innovation's Māori Economy are
has helped Māori corporation Maraeroa C
Leadership, Strategic Partnerships and continual Māori Business
plant the foundations of a high-value export
Outcome Monitoring (review). The Callaghan Innovation Board will
be supported by a Māori Advisory Group that wil be tasked with
Ginseng is growing in Maraeroa C's Pureora
guiding and supporting the Board's Māori Innovation Initiatives.
forestry block that could be worth $1000/kg.
Māori participation in all Callaghan Innovation programmes requires The corporation was introduced to ginseng by
detailed Māori Strategic and Operational Plans, which are currently
CRI Plant & Food Research in 2006.
under development and will be completed along with the
Government grants allowed Maraeroa C to
establishment of the Board's Advisory Group early in fiscal year
investigate the project's commercial feasibility
and have CRI Scion map the central North
Island forests best suited to growing ginseng.
Key to the success of our future engagement with Māori businesses The result: Some five hectares have been
is the recruitment of the GM Māori Economy. This role is embedded planted, with the first trial harvest soon, and
in the organisational structure at senior executive management
there is a nursery with about a mil ion
level, reporting directly to the Chief Executive. The recruitment
seedlings ready for harvesting and
process is expected to be completed in the first six months of fiscal
year 2014. The GM Māori Economy wil work closely with the Māori
This success was made possible through the
business strategy leaders in NZTE, MBIE and Te Puni Kōkiri to
combined support of government grants and
promote a ‘one plan' approach for Māori businesses and
expertise from two CRIs. Callaghan
government. This approach is consistent with the contribution that
Innovation wil connect across the system to
these combined organisations are making to the transformational
ensure Māori businesses benefit from the
actions in He kai kei aku ringa – a blueprint for Māori economic
same coordinated, fit-for-purpose support.
development through to 2040.
Visits to Māori organisations and marae, sponsorship of training for Māori leaders, such as the Stanford University bootcamp, and periodic hui to assess progress and brainstorm new ideas will be ongoing elements of the Callaghan Innovation approach.
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XII. Collaborative Innovation Projects
These projects will be established through collaboration between New Zealand businesses and SETD providers to deliver attractive new technology-based solutions that can be shared by and benefit multiple firms. For example, these may be based around emerging global technologies (e.g. ‘Big Data' issues associated with the deployment of sensing technologies), local opportunities (e.g. Christchurch rebuild) or resource utilisation (e.g. ironsand refining).
Callaghan Innovation will build, support or adopt strategic consortia of New Zealand firms to pursue these opportunity-driven collaborative innovation projects (CIPs). The consortia will be based around product and development value-chains, and will enable collaboration between New Zealand firms (supported by appropriate SETD input) to address market opportunities of scale.
Callaghan Innovation's role will include discovering and validating opportunities; assessing the potential for domestic capability to provide a compelling solution; bringing together the right consortium of domestic and international capabilities; coordination and project management; and realising wider commercialisation and export opportunities for New Zealand industry. Over time, Callaghan Innovation expects to see significantly increasing levels of co-funding, plus cost recovery from businesses and SETD providers involved in these projects.
Each CIP will be run by a Project Manager. The projects will link closely to Accelerator Services, with CSMs assisting the Project Managers to identify firms and capabilities to be involved and highlight potential opportunities.
XIII. Organisation Structure
To perform the roles and achieve the transitions described above, the functions within Callaghan Innovation will be organised as shown in the chart below.
The organisation includes two operating groups that design and deliver the products and services described earlier. Separate groups are responsible for Accelerator Services and for Research and Technical Services, each under the direction of a General Manager reporting to the CEO. These two groups are the primary operational capability of Callaghan Innovation focused on direct delivery of services to firms. A third operating group, Māori Economy, will focus specifically on providing all Callaghan Innovation services to Māori-owned businesses.
The GM Māori Economy is a newly created position focused on ensuring that all Callaghan Innovation's strategies, support functions and services are inclusive of, and fully engaged with, the Māori economy. This executive position ensures that Callaghan Innovation has a targeted
strategy to drive the acceleration of innovation by firms within the Māori economy, albeit the strategy will be delivered by each of the delivery groups within the organisation.
The three remaining groups provide the supporting governance and administration functions for the organisation. These are:
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Supporting the three operations groups will be the following:
• The CFO, whose responsibilities include not only finance and accounting but also IT,
legal and procurement functions. Responsibility for procurement and strategic assets, including real estate decisions, will be included in the CFO's team.
• The GM People and Capability will manage the core human resources functions, such as
employee relations, job descriptions, sizing and compensation, and a training function focused on developing the skills of Callaghan Innovation employees. Occupational Health and Safety expertise and procedures will be provided for the organisation by this group.
• The GM External Relations will be responsible for: ensuring accurate and consistent
information and reports are communicated to all external stakeholder groups including MBIE, NZTE and the Treasury; delivery of all reporting and planning requirements and provision of Ministerial support; and communications with the media. This group will also provide assistance to the GM People and Capability with preparing materials for internal communications to employees. The forging of partnerships with international networks will also be the responsibility of this group.
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XIV. Geographic Locations and Real Estate Rationalisation
Accommodation needs for delivering the Business Case portfolio of services over the next three years have been evaluated. In Christchurch, the original six locations will be condensed to four by the end of calendar year 2013. These locations will be on two-year leases to allow flexibility to relocate in the planned innovation precincts, both downtown and at the University of Canterbury. In Auckland we are exploring the possibility of transferring staff currently at Balfour Road, Parnell, to a planned University of Auckland site in Newmarket and/or to the innovation precinct at Wynyard Quarter. A search is in progress for a headquarters location in Wellington, with headquarters staff temporarily working from the Gracefield site. Plans for the Gracefield site as an innovation precinct have been discussed above.
XV. Roadmap for the Top Ten Outcomes 2013-2016
Key actions planned for achieving each of the top ten outcomes over the three years of this Business Case are summarised in the roadmap below:
Callaghan Innovation is delivering a portfolio of Accelerator Services to firms
1. Sponsorships delivered
2. First module of Avatar
1. Expand sponsorships and
1. Events and sponsorships
3. Framework for
2. First module of Avatar
launched and futher module 2. Avatar fully operational
3. Launch of Better by IP
4. Existing and new incubator 3. Start development of
4. Incubator operation
4. Incubator repayable grants 5. Other prioritised Motivate
and Connect activities
NZ firms are engaging more intensively and productively with research and technical
1. $16.9m commercial R&D
2. Three joint projects in place
1. Commercial revenue from
with firms and R&D partners
R&D projects meets budget
1. Commercial revenue from
3. Pilot plant activity increased
R&D projects meets budget
4. Business R&D Grants delivery. 3. New pilot plant options
2. Additional "JV/collaborative"
4. Business R&D Grants
3. Expanded pilot plant offering
4. Business R&D Grants
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Establishment of a team of Client Solutions Managers who work with firms to help them access the
RTS and Accelerator Services
1. Recruit GM Accelerator Services
2. Internal and external recruitment Key actions:
process for first 15 Client Solutions 1. Recruit and train second
Managers (CSMs: formerly
1. Recruit third tranche of
3. Implement client engagement
2. Review pilot of joint client CSMs
processes and tools (based on NZTE) engagement plans with NZTE 4. Pilot development of joint client 3. Implement joint client
2. Review impact of CSMs and
engagement plans with NZTE.
segmentation process with
identify opportunities to
A number of technology networks have been established
1. Model for technology
2. Food and sensing networks 1. Review model from first
12 months of running
1. Set up two new networks
3. Software network set up in
based on priority needs.
alignment with NZTE Digital
2. Identify additional network
opportunities and prioritise.
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Key actions: 1. Establish process for rolling
reviews of RTS science
1. Develop implementation
2. Define initial portfolio of
plan for new service offerings 1. Revise first two services
new services for RTS
2. Trial two new services
based on learnings from pilots
3. Map capability
3. Implement rolling reviews 2. Trial third new service
requirements for new services of RTS science services
against existing skil s.
(number of reviews to be set 3. Rol ing reviews of RTS
once services are defined).
science services continue
(number of reviews to be set
once services are defined).
NZ research capabilities have been strengthened by transfer to appropriate universities/CRIs of
some Cal aghan Innovation research personnel
1. Potential capability
1. Determine whether the
2. Negotiations commenced
review of capability
with relevant institutions
requirements to support the 1. Negotiate additional
3. Staff transfers 100%
new RTS service offering
science transfers (if required)
results in identification of
2. Transfer staff (if required).
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The Gracefield site has been revitalised
1. Concept design and
2. Site investigation
1. Potential development
3. Feasibility study
1. Contract development
2. Range of development
3. Preferred option identified 2. Project plan approved 4. Business case completed.
3. Site redevelopment
Māori-owned businesses are wel -represented among the firms the CSMs are
1. Recruit GM Māori Economy
2. Engage with priority
1. Implement action plan for
iwi/Trusts/Māori organisations growing capability of internal
staff to engage successful y with 1. Review success of year 1 & 2
3. Develop Memorandums of
engagements and projects and
2. Continue engagement with
4. Initiate two projects,
including one focused on food. organisations
2. Continue engagement with
3. Initiate additional projects.
iwi/Trusts/Māori organisations 3. Run or collaborate on an
event focused on innovation in
the Māori economy.
Other countries are starting to notice the NZ model of accelerating
Key actions: 1. Establish firm linkages into
two international networks
2. Particpate in missions,
1. Support firm/international Key actions:
workshops, round table
1. Support firm/international
discussions with international 2. Establish innovation
linkages with priority
2. Innovation linkages with
3. Develop strategy for
countries as per strategy
priority countries result in
3. Ongoing participation with
joint initiatives 3. Ongoing participation with
Cal aghan Innovation works in partnership across al NZ stakeholder
1. Pilot project with Products
2. Role in National Science
1. Ongoing role in National
Chal enge established
1. National Science Challenge
3. Deliver against MoUs with 3. Deliver against MoUs with
key stakeholders .
2. Review of effectiveness of
MoUs with key stakeholders.
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XVI. Key Performance Metrics
The proposed metrics and goals for achieving Callaghan Innovation's mission are summarised in the tables below:
KEY PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES
• Increase in contribution of HVMS firms to GDP/capita •
Increase in contribution of high-value exports to total exports
• Growing Business Expenditure on Research and Development (BERD) to 1% of GDP •
Doubling the revenues of the portfolio of TIN100 firms
Growing the portfolio of Māori HVMS businesses
• Expanding other groups of firms, such as through the Food Innovation Network.
Table: Callaghan Innovation major outcome indicators
HVMS firms can deliver higher-than-average
Growing BERD to 1% of GDP (government
contribution of HVMS
margins and economies of scale in niche global target).
firms to GDP/capita
markets to lift New Zealand's overall
Growth in contribution of high-value exports
to total export growth (contribution to government target of increasing exports to 40% of GDP).
Diversity in specialisation provides more
Number of firms undertaking R&D.
opportunities for innovation at the margins of
Export product, service and market mix.
existing products and services.
Source: Statistics NZ
Increases in private sector R&D lead to
R&D expenditure by business as % of GDP.
increases in GDP; NZ business R&D is low,
Source: Statistics NZ
relative to comparator countries.
Leveraging more value from the same level of
Value and number of firms in HVMS
R&D and other innovation raises productivity.
medium and high technology exports.
Source: Statistics NZ
Table: Callaghan Innovation Impact indicators
Most New Zealand businesses are micro-scale
Value and number of triadic patents.
ability to innovate
by global standards and many do not have
sufficient in-house skills and expertise.
BERD financed from abroad % GDP.
Raising skills and capacity through publicly funded services will result in more successful
Number of firms accessing Callaghan
commercialisation of innovation. As more
Innovation business services.
businesses succeed, more businesses are
Business satisfaction rating survey against
likely to follow.
benchmarked public sector services delivery.
Sources: Patents Office, Statistics NZ, Callaghan Innovation survey
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Table: Callaghan Innovation Impact indicators (continued)
Businesses don't know what they don't know.
Number of HVMS innovating firms.
Greater awareness will make it more likely that
Number of HVMS innovating firms doing
businesses will invest (more) in high-value
Value of R&D carried out by HVMS
Graduates will be more likely to consider
starting or going into business.
Number of first-time Callaghan Innovation business customers.
Sources: Statistics NZ, Callaghan Innovation
Leads to more efficient use of resources
Measurements of domestic network intensity
through scale, awareness, alignment and
Leads to more innovation ideas through
increasing the contact between different types
International co-authoring, co-invention, co-
Economic geography suggests innovation and
wealth creation is correlated with urban size. NZ needs to act as a single city to mitigate the
Level of use and access to Callaghan
lack of urban scale relative to other countries.
Innovation's online services.
Sources: Patents Office, Statistics NZ, Callaghan Innovation
Easier access to
Businesses have identified the need to get
Number of businesses accessing public
faster and easier access to the SETD
SETD organisations for assistance.
services and skills
resources, services and facilities they need to
Number of Callaghan Innovation referrals
New Zealand has a high proportion of small
Research organisations' private sector
SMEs that have limited capacity to provide
their own in-house resources and expertise
and need to access it elsewhere.
Value of Callaghan Innovation SETD
services to businesses/clients.
Sources: Patents Office, Statistics NZ, Callaghan Innovation, Survey
More public SETD
Growing firms face challenges in the ‘Valley of
Death'. This can be supported with more and
Growth in the number of people with
- Pilot and scale-up
better infrastructure and better leverage of
advanced SETD skills in the private sector.
public investment though national platforms.
Number of open or non-exclusive licences to
Non-exclusive licencing in areas that support
multiple business opportunities will drive more
- National technology
innovation opportunities from the same
Value of business co-investment in public
R&D and commercialisation.
It is harder for NZ to grow and retain large
Number of graduates moving between firms
ready graduates and
HVMS businesses here, owing to our
and research organisations.
economic geography, so we are likely to be
Number of firms reporting lack of skills as
more reliant on smaller dynamic SETD-
barrier to innovation.
intensive businesses operating in niche markets.
Number of HVMS businesses 2-5 years old.
Business dynamic statistics indicate new business creation and young businesses will be significant drivers of HVMS growth over 10-20 years.
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The preceding commentary reflects the considerable planning in place for Callaghan Innovation and the clarity we now have as we move from an establishment phase to an operational phase.
The tables below reflect the financial implications of this Business Case. They are based on the following key assumptions:
Transfer of fundamental research. Callaghan Innovation will focus on near-market
research and progressively exit from early-stage research. Teams whose staff are currently predominantly involved in early-stage, fundamental research work will be transferred. Two teams, Carbohydrate Science and Superconductivity, are scheduled to transfer to Victoria University from early 2014. The financial impact of this change is the need to reflect the reduced cost (salary, scientific direct cost and overheads) and revenue from the cessation of these functions. There is a part-year impact in 2013/14 and a one-off cost of transfer.
Contestable funding. The previous organisation was heavily reliant on government-
funded research grants. Some run-out of past funding is reflected in the financial performance below. Crown funding that remains within Callaghan Innovation by and large reflects the public good benefits inherent in our operations, for example, maintaining a national measurement standard system.
Grants management. Callaghan Innovation is responsible for the management of over
$140m per annum in grants to business. It is expected that approximately 650 grants will be awarded in the current year, ranging from $13,000 to $1.5m per grant. From 1 November 2013, some further (Incubator Fund) grants will be administered by Callaghan Innovation. Grant expenditure and the associated cash flows are accounted for outside the financial statements presented below.
Commercial revenue. Callaghan Innovation is expected to grow its commercial revenue
in future years as it works with commercial firms to increase New Zealand's SETD exports. Commercial revenue is forecast to grow from almost $15m in the current year to over $19m in two years' time. In order to ensure that both competitive neutrality and pricing decisions are transparent, co-funding guidelines have been agreed that clarify the mix of Crown subsidy and commercial contribution to scientific outputs produced by Callaghan Innovation. The financial statements that follow are consistent with these co-funding guidelines.
Capital expenditure is forecast to increase over the next two years as Callaghan Innovation moves from managing its existing assets to making an investment in key assets. These investments will be subject to business cases and reflect the need for supporting technology (most notably the Avatar initiative discussed in this Business Case) and for redevelopment of the Gracefield campus into an optimal configuration. Additional third-party funding is likely to be required for the Gracefield campus development, but this has yet to be assessed.
Personnel cost is a key driver. The Business Case is predicated on 412 staff in July 2013 gradually reducing to 388 by July 2016. The mix of staff is likely to change as the number of business-focused staff increases and the number of corporate and purely scientific staff is reduced.
The revised Financial Statements for Cal aghan Innovation are as fol ows.
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CALLAGHAN INNOVATION FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS
REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE
Other departmental transfers
Strategic Investment (ex-core funding)
Crown funding through appropriations
Committed (tail of existing contracts)
Assumed won in 2013 (of $7m maturing)
Net Impact of April 2013 Contestable Bid Outcomes
Other Contestable Funding Impacts - RIA and Timing
Other (replacement) income
Total contestable funding
Tied to contestable
Top 3 commercial clients
Total commercial revenue
Total Operating Expenditure
Interest income / (expense)
Net Surplus / Deficit
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Payables and Accruals
Revenue in Advance
Net Working Capital
Other Term Liabilities
Add back Depreciation
Movement in Working Capital
Operating Cash Flow
Capital Appropriation drawdown
Net Cash Flow
Plus Opening Cash
Table: Capital expenditure – base case and indicative future spend (Note these Capex
tables have not changed)
SET Delivery – business as usual:
Earthquake strengthening project for GlycoSyn
Ongoing site maintenance
Replacement SETD Equipment
Internships marketplace design and build
Diagnostic/audit tool design and integrate
IT systems (business as usual)
New finance and documents systems
Avatar development and build
Joint CRM development and implementation
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Total base capital expenditure
Table: Capital expenditure – base case and indicative future spend (continued)
Capex below used for depreciation estimates for P&L – does NOT reflect actual Capex needed
for Gracefield and other precinct developments
Gracefield innovation precinct development:
Business case in first year
Christchurch precincts (UC & downtown):
Fit-out and re-location costs
Auckland facilities consolidation:
Fit-out and re-location costs
Total Capex included in financial projections
XVII . Key Risks and Mitigation Strategies
• Build business confidence in Callaghan Innovation: Callaghan Innovation can only be
successful if firms see value in its role and trust its services and advice. Callaghan Innovation will continue to engage frequently with firms, listening to their concerns and priorities and visibly demonstrating responses to those needs. A communications plan in the business media will promote success stories and raise firms' awareness of how Callaghan Innovation has assisted other companies and can assist them. The Callaghan Innovation brand will be associated widely with the companies we support in a campaign analogous to the ‘Intel Inside' concept on computer hardware.
• Funding model: Considerable work remains to be done to align existing funding with this
Business Case. Callaghan Innovation will work closely with MBIE, including through the NSC process, to ensure that funding is appropriately allocated to the initiatives and priorities of the Business Case. In-depth discussion with firms will ensure funds are spent on the research and technical services that most quickly impact commercialisation and for which firms are therefore most willing to pay. Over the course of 2013/14, Callaghan Innovation will work with MBIE to ensure an appropriate charging regime is developed and implemented for these services, consistent with Auditor-General and Treasury guidelines. Pricing of services and a co-funding policy will avoid the potential crowding out of other providers, while meeting the need to ensure an uptake of services that meets the government's objectives. Institutions co-locating at the Gracefield innovation precinct will be a source of rent and capital investment in the buildings they use.
• Commercial revenue is anticipated to grow from almost $15m currently to $19.5m in three
years' time. The resources to help achieve this are contained in this Business Case but are not yet on board. There is a risk during 2013/14 that the current revenue target will not be achieved. A plan of action is underway to target revenue growth and this is being closely monitored by the Board. Beyond 2014, while the targeted increase is challenging, we believe forecast commercial revenue is achievable.
• Re-orienting SETD focus towards near-market research and technical services: The
recommended Business Case for Callaghan Innovation involves changing some long-term programmes that originate as far back as the DSIR era. There will be staff that feel uncomfortable with this approach and may feel their roles and even their employment are at risk. Communication with staff is critical to a successful transition. Key SETD leaders and scientists are involved in implementing the changes to ensure fundamental research goes to the best place and that valuable research capability within New Zealand is preserved.
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• Attracting and retaining staff: Callaghan Innovation's mission is dependent on diverse
skills and sound experience across a wide range of disciplines. To date, newly created positions at Callaghan Innovation have attracted strong applicant pools. Internal initiatives focused on organisational development and creating a dynamic and positive work environment will be key to attracting and retaining talent.
This Business Case represents the culmination of work over many months during the establishment phase of Callaghan Innovation, the early launch stage, and the subsequent appointment of the CEO. The document reflects deepening insight into the complex network of stakeholders who are important partners in achieving Callaghan Innovation's mission. It defines some significant choices about how Callaghan Innovation will operate, how it will collaborate with other organisations, and how it will invest its resources in its formative years. The results of these choices, by 2016, will be the Top Ten Outcomes described in the Business Case vision.
The actions and outcomes defined in this Business Case represent only initial steps in a much longer journey towards a strong and diverse economy for New Zealand – an economy that combines an extensive base of technology-enabled agriculture with fast-growing high-value manufacturing and service industries. It is a journey requiring both patience and a sense of urgency. The destination is clear – a high quality of life for current and future generations of New Zealanders. New Zealand will be, in Sir Paul Callaghan's words, "a place where talent wants to live".
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