Entrepreneurs in emerging science and technology-based industries – such as software, health sciences, electronics, biotechnology and clean/renewable tech – have an important role to play in transforming our economy, creating new jobs and building our international reputation as a ‘smart little country’.
These sci-tech entrepreneurs are people who find ways to turn technology, engineering or science-based innovations into novel products and services.
They exploit new opportunities, setting them apart from other business people, and they’re more than just inventors – an entrepreneur takes the invention out of the shed, home computer or laboratory and makes it into something that lots of people want to use or buy.
How do you become an entrepreneur?
Many sci-tech entrepreneurs started out as software developers, food technologists, scientists or engineers and are commercialising their own work.
Others have enough background knowledge to be able to spot new business opportunities and gather together the science and technology team they need to make it happen.
A tertiary qualification in technology, engineering or science, possibly in combination with business studies, is a great way to get started.
What's an 'intrapreneur' then?
Not everybody with a great idea for an innovative product wants to risk it all. Intrapreneurs get to develop their idea into a marketable product, but work within a larger company so that they don’t take on the same financial risk.
What have New Zealand's sci-tech entrepreneurs created?
Some of the companies already have a high profile and employ hundreds of people; others are just starting out:
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