WaikatoLink enables research done by the University of Waikato to create substantial economic, environmental and social benefits for iwi, communities and businesses in New Zealand – particularly in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.

To achieve this, WaikatoLink partners with researchers, businesses, investors and end-users to deliver real-world impacts from University of Waikato research outcomes, through commercialisation, joint-ventures, IP licensing, open source and other technology transfer methods.

WaikatoLink strengthens the University's ability to create valuable impact from its research through early engagement with researchers as they develop research proposals and help design projects to maximise impacts and benefits. WaikatoLink also helps researchers ensure that they have effective pathways to implementation that deliver benefits to stakeholders and returns to the University.

Other services that WaikatoLink provides to support the University include: commercial assessment of ideas and subsequent investment in ideas with commercial potential; market research; technical development; IP analysis and patenting; engagement with industry partners who have an interest in ideas being developed within the University; deal brokering; identification of industry problems and opportunities that align with University expertise; contract development; creation and management of spin out companies; and sourcing of investment and development funding.