Consistent with the University’s Strategy, Research Plan and Treaty of Waitangi Statement, WaikatoLink:

  • matches University research teams with organisations who seek assistance in solving problems and developing commercially valuable intellectual property,
  • invests in our researchers to deliver transformative research outcomes that deliver positive environmental, social and economic impact,
  • increases resourcing for research and development from external sources, that enables the University to continuously improve research, teaching and service, and
  • gives practical effect to the Treaty of Waitangi and promotes active recognition of ‘mana’ in its various capacities: Mana Māori Motuhake, Mana Mātauranga Māori, Mana Whare Wānanga, and Mana Tangata.

… particularly by partnering 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.

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.