Global Business Innovation Programme: New Zealand - Agri-Tech

This GBIP will help develop collaborations between UK businesses and NZ partners to take advantage of upcoming R&D funding opportunities.

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Briefings from sector and market experts, help to find business partners, advice on best practice, market visit with pre-arranged meetings and activities, bespoke one-to-one support from an Innovate UK EDGE innovation and growth specialist.


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Note: This opportunity is fully funded support and not monetary funding.

Up to 15 high-growth innovative businesses take part in each Innovate UK Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP). They are supported intensively by an innovation and growth specialist whilst exploring and exploiting the collaboration, growth and innovation opportunities that exist in a specific business market around a specific theme, from Agritech to AI. The GBIP provides detailed market knowledge, introductions and cultural insight that SMEs would find difficult to obtain themselves.

Find out how Innovate UK’s GBIP in New Zealand can help your business grow.

  • A GBIP has three stages:

    Prepare for the market

    Preparing for the market includes the cohort being briefed by sector and market experts on, for example, cultural aspects of conducting business in that country. Delegates receive help to find business partners and arrange meetings and are advised on best practice including the management and protection of their intellectual property.

    Visiting the market

    Visiting the market provides opportunities to attend pre-arranged meetings and activities in order to better understand and maximise the opportunities that the visit presents.

    Exploiting the opportunity

    Exploiting the opportunity is arguably the most important aspect of the programme. To maximise the opportunity, participating companies are given bespoke one-to-one support from an Innovate UK EDGE innovation and growth specialist to help develop and implement an action plan.

    The Global Business Innovation Programme operates on a competitive basis and businesses selected are required to participate in all three stages (some or all of which may be online).

  • To apply, you must be a UK based innovation-led
    company with ambitions to grow and internationalise, with fewer than 500 employees. You must be able to attend and complete all activities.

    Innovate UK recognises that the innovation sector is not as diverse as the UK demographic and is committed to improving the diversity of who we support. As such, we welcome applications from those under-represented across the AgriFood sector.

  • Why New Zealand? New Zealand boasts a rich heritage of agricultural excellence and a profound commitment to Agri-Tech development, harnessing the synergy of agriculture and technology to pioneer innovative solutions.

    Supported by a thriving start-up ecosystem and government policies conducive to growth, New Zealand prioritises collaboration with international partners, expanding reach and leveraging global expertise. The Agritech Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) launched by the New Zealand government in 2020 outlines ambitious plans for the sector’s growth, promoting productivity, sustainability, and alignment with a zero-carbon economy. This GBIP will build on strong relationships already established by Innovate UK’s previous Agri-Tech GBIP completed in 2022.

    In 2022 the NZ Government launched the Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions to promote development of high-impact technologies and practices particularly in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and New Zealand signed an agreement in 2022 aimed at enhancing R&D and innovation collaborations between the two markets. Furthermore, the free trade agreement between New Zealand and the United Kingdom is one of the most comprehensive agreements New Zealand has ever concluded.

  • We invite applications from innovative companies actively developing new technologies for:

    Emissions reduction for grass-based livestock systems

    • Animal health, nutrition and genetics to manage the rumen and cut enteric methane production
    • Remote sensing technologies and decision-making tools to drive efficient resource use and management
    • Animal waste management and utilisation

    Land and Soil Management

    • Regenerative agricultural systems
    • Crop and cultivation strategies
    • Carbon capture and storage technologies
  • Watch the recording of the applicant briefing event on 15th June 2023 here

    Applicant briefing presentation can be found here

    Closing date: 12th July 2023
    Pre-visit workshop: W/C 25th September 2023
    Market visit: 20th November to 1st December 2023
    Post-visit GBIP workshop: 1st February 2024

    For more information, assistance with your application or to discuss accessibility needs, please contact James Kayam at or call +44 (0)7514 719636.


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