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RFP for the Provision of Accelerator Programmes


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RFx ID : 18225928
Tender Name : RFP for the Provision of Accelerator Programmes
Reference # : 006
Open Date : Monday, 12 December 2016 4:30 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Close Date  : Friday, 10 February 2017 5:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Tender Type : Request for Proposals (RFP)
Tender Coverage : Sole Agency  [?]
Categories :
  • 80000000 - Management and Business Professionals and Administrative Services
  • New Zealand
Exemption Reason : None
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : Liz Beavon
0800 422 552 or +64 4 931 3578 from overseas
Alternate Physical Delivery Address  :
Alternate Physical Fax Number  :
Agency Address :

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand’s business innovation agency. We help businesses succeed through technology. Start-ups play a critical role in increasing innovation, diversifying the economy and creating high-value jobs. New Zealand needs to develop many more high-growth start-ups and serial entrepreneurs. Government funding aims to support the development of an entrepreneurial culture where founders have support to develop entrepreneurial mindset and resilience.

The Accelerator Programme is part of a suite of initiatives funded by Callaghan Innovation aimed at supporting the growth and development of early stage firms and building the capability of entrepreneurs. Callaghan Innovation seeks to appoint suppliers to provide Accelerator Programmes that support the capability development of entrepreneurs and the rapid formation and development of early stage start-ups that are globally focused with high-growth potential.

Successful Respondents will help entrepreneurs and start-ups improve their business capability, accelerate their product and business development to the point that they are investment ready (or fast fail). Successful Respondents will contribute to growing quality deal flow for New Zealand’s start-up eco-system.

There are two separate pools of accelerator funding available through this RFP, and thus two parts to the RFP:

Part A: Funding is available to successful Respondents contracted as Programme Partners to deliver General Accelerator Programmes. Contracts will commence 1 July 2017. The maximum term of the contracts will be for two years with the end date being 30 June 2019.

Part B: Funding is available under Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund to a successful Respondent contracted as Programme Partner to deliver a pilot Māori Founder-Focused Accelerator Programme.. The contract will be signed by 1 June 2017 and implemented thereafter.

Respondents can submit a response to either Part A or B, or both Part A and B.

RFx Outcome

This tender has been awarded to:

  • Bird Island Ltd
  • Creative HQ
  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • The Icehouse Ltd

Further Award Information:

RFx ID 18226003 007
Tender name Part A Provision of Accelerator Programmes
Part B Provision of Maori Accelerator Programmes
Name and address of agency Callaghan Innovation
L.14, 55 Featherston Street, Wellington
Name and address of successful supplier/s Part A
• The Icehouse
Level 4, Textile Centre, 117-125 St Georges Bay Rd, Auckland
• Creative HQ,
Level 1, 7 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
• Te Papa Tongarewa (Mahuki) Ltd
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011

Part B
• Te Wananga o Aotearoa te Kuratini o Nga Waka
320 Factory Road, Te Awamutu 3800
Description of the Goods, Services or Works Part A – General Accelerator Programmes
Part B – Maori Accelerator Programmes
Date contract/s awarded 01/07/2107
Term of contract/s and any options to extend Part A:
2 years: The Icehouse, Creative HQ
1 year with possible renewal for 1 year - Mahuki
Part B:
1 year - TWOA
The estimated costs over the whole of life of the contract Part A - $1,575,000
Part B – $500,000
Type of procurement process undertaken Open RfP
Has an exemption from open advertising (Rule 15) been claimed No

Award Date: Friday, 30 June 2017 (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
Date RFx was completed/updated: Thursday, 22 June 2017 4:35 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)