Venture Southland can help your business grow and expand by providing advice on funding for research and development projects, export and market intelligence, and getting investment ready.

Whatever your business challenge, Venture Southland can connect you with the resources, training and advice to innovatively find a solution.

Training Vouchers

To assist you in growing your business, Venture Southland is able to offer vouchers that can cover up to 50% of the cost of training offered by a registered training provider as part of the Regional Business Partner Programme.  The vouchers can be used for a wide range of training courses and workshops that build management capabilities and drive success in business planning, sustainability, exporting, finance, governance and much more.

For more information, including eligibility criteria head to 

NZTE Voucher Programme


If you’re looking at exporting or boosting your current global reach, we can connect you with resources to improve your export market and international marketing knowledge.

If you have specific queries about exporting or expanding your international market please contact Alistair Adam.

You can also find helpful advice on exporting from NZTE here

Support to Access Research and Development Funding

If you have a business idea for a research and development project, Venture Southland can support you in accessing funding to make the idea a reality.

Funding is available from Callaghan Innovation to cover up to 30%-50% of the costs for projects that have technical stretch, return on investment, the capacity to deliver and a clear market pathway.

It’s important to note that R&D funding is not available retrospectively so if you have an idea to grow your business make sure you get in touch with one of our business coordinators first who can help you understand the application process.

Venture Southland can help you understand the application process and put together your proposal. More information on the funding available can be found here


Innovation Programme

To encourage innovative thinking with a Southland twist, Venture Southland has partnered with Creative HQ to pilot a Business Accelerator Programme in Southland. The programme works with start-ups and entrepreneurs to give them the tools and resources needed to succeed.

Over the course of three months, programme participants apply agile methods to build a business model and winning pitch for potential investors.

Further information on the programme can be found here

For further information contact
Alistair Adams - Venture Southland

Alistair Adam

Business Services Manager
Adina McDowell - Venture Southland

Adina McDowell

Business Growth Advisor
Kelly Watt - Venture Southland

Kelly Watt

Business Growth Advisor