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Growing your business

Dunedin is a leader in innovation, regarded as one of the best cities in New Zealand to launch and grow a business.

Updated 17 April 2020

At Enterprise Dunedin, you will find strong and impartial business advisors who can connect you to relevant networks and agencies.

Business Clinic

Enterprise Dunedin offers free business clinics, where you can meet with one of our business support officers for a confidential half-hour session.

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Business internship programme

Local businesses can draw on Dunedin’s pool of student talent through the JobDun internship programme managed by Enterprise Dunedin. The programme (formerly called Sexy Summer Jobs) has been running successfully since 2010, giving student interns valuable experience in the real world and supporting the growth of Dunedin businesses.

New Zealand Government

The New Zealand Government has a business website that will point you in the right direction for resources, tools and information to help you grow your business.

Research and development grants

For access to experts, tech and product development, innovation skills and R&D funding, contact our Callaghan Innovation service partners for Business Support and Business Growth Advice at the Otago Chamber of Commerce.

  • R&D growth grants
    Designed to increase R&D investment in businesses that already have a strong track record of R&D spending in New Zealand.
  • R&D project grants
    Designed to support greater investment in R&D activities by businesses with less established R&D programmes.
  • R&D student grants
    Designed to help New Zealand undergraduate and postgraduate students develop their technical skills in a commercial research environment.

Training support

Through the Regional Business Partner Programme business owners can get assistance to see their businesses grow and may qualify for a New Zealand Trade and Enterprise training voucher. The vouchers pay for up to half the cost of training courses and coaching for owners, operators and managers. Find out more information from our partners at the Otago Chamber of Commerce.


For more information, please contact:

Chanel O'Brien

Chanel O’Brien

Business Development Advisor

Facilitating and responding to the requirements of the Dunedin Tech business cluster and helping initiate collaboration to grow high Tech companies in Dunedin. Meeting business needs and enabling students to get work experience and the opportunity of permanent employment in the city.