Viclink

Viclink

As Victoria University’s commercialisation company, Viclink provides students and academics with the skills and resources they need to turn their cutting-edge research into potentially global businesses that have social, environmental and economic benefit – not just for the University, but for New Zealand as a whole. At the same time, Viclink provides a responsive gateway for New Zealand industry to easily access the research capability of one of New Zealand’s leading research-driven universities. Viclink connects industry and the University’s researchers together, and seeks support from third party organisations and their available investment – for example, the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology (FRST), Creative HQ (Wellington’s incubator), and other investors. A rigorous peer review process within Viclink assists in maximising the likelihood of commercial success for supported projects. Viclink takes a creative and entrepreneurial approach to innovation leadership, choosing to build a diverse pipeline of projects and fostering a strong entrepreneurship culture across all disciplines within Victoria University. The result is a broad range of spin-off ideas, licensing deals, joint ventures and businesses: from clean-tech companies such as Wetox (which turns liquid waste into water,) and bio-tech businesses such as Pacific Marine Bioactives (which turns marine natural products into anti-cancer drugs) right through to the resilience-boosting efforts of Umbrella Health, a business idea which originated from the School of Psychology.