To grow a single, trusted network of technology developers and practitioners from within the business, research, and government communities. The network is bringing New Zealand’s distinctive technologies and ‘can do’ to the world through its products, processes and services.
The Product Accelerator helps connect industry with research expertise, solving industry problems, building productivity and supporting the transformation of the economy through diversification and improving its knowledge intensity. The programme builds on the success of the applied research in the Materials Accelerator established in 2010.
The engagement stage with a company starts with a conversation about the company, its needs and its opportunities. Market and product strategies, as well as technology challenges and barriers come up. The engagement conversation doesn’t stop, ever. New connections for the company, and the forming of a project team to address the best opportunities and often outcomes.
In the course of the engagement we help the company define the business and technology edge which would enable exceptional value to be generated. A clear project scope is part of this Define stage, along with the resources from the company and from the network to enable success. This will result in a project contract if it has the support of the top management of the company.
During the definition of the opportunity we have found many connections need to be made for the company, including to enable the project. We connect with a wide range of people inside and outside our network, who help in the Define stage and also many become part of the project team if approved by the company.
In the Deliver stage a Project Lead from NZ Product Accelerator is assigned, and a project team approved by the company gets to work. This ideally has members form the company as well. Projects range from 2 weeks to 2 years in duration, but we aim at 3-12 months, because this is a timeframe which can meet the market.