About the Momentum Programme

Momentum is a national IP and technology programme that operates as a sister programme to Return On Science, and is a member of the Commercialisation Partner Network.

The Momentum Programme is comprised of a growing number of student-led investment committees.  These committees have a focus on start-up ventures, particularly those originating from tertiary student and staff owned intellectual property and technologies. The Momentum Investment Committees are regionally based and support projects from multiple tertiary institutes, and the private sector.

Auckland Momentum Investment Committee

Established in 2017, Auckland Momentum boasts a diverse range of committee members from University of Auckland and AUT University, plus a number of highly successful innovators and entrepreneurs.

Manawatū Momentum Investment Committee

Our most recent addition to the Momentum whanau, in fact we’re still recruiting the majority of the committee, comes from the Mighty Manawatū region. Home to institutes of learning Massey University, UCOL, and IPU. We’re very excited about the launch of this committee and it’s first meeting in August 2020.

Wellington Momentum Investment Committee

The Wellington Momentum Investment Committee pilot was delivered as a collaboration between, Auckland UniServices, Wellington UniVentures, and KiwiNet. It has students from Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, University of Otago, and a number of experienced innovators and entrepreneurs.

Canterbury Momentum Investment Committee

The Canterbury Momentum Investment Committee has students from University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, University of Otago, University of Auckland, and a number of local and national experienced innovators and entrepreneurs.

Otago Momentum Investment Committee

Established in 2019 the Otago Momentum Investment Committee has members from Otago University student population, which includes post docs, and, experienced local and national innovators and entrepreneurs.



About the Momentum Investment Committees

The Investment Committees are formed with an independent Chair, tertiary students, and some longitudinally experienced investors, and entrepreneurs. Each Momentum Investment Committee has a majority of student members. Investment Committee members are highly diverse from their backgrounds, to their chosen academic field, to the perspectives that they bring to the project teams. This allows the committees to provide advice and support to a wide range of start up technologies.

Momentum Investment Committees provide presenting teams with advice, support and investment. Teams comprised of students and staff of either tertiary education institutes or Crown Research Institutes are able to access these investment committees without charge. Private companies are also able to utilise the expertise of the Momentum Investment Committees for a nominal fee.


Momentum Investment Committees are formed with a diverse range of students, and industry and science commercialisation experts.

Working on your venture?

We are constantly seeking new ventures to present to the Momentum Investment Committees and gain advice and support during their development.

Momentum Investment Committees are available to staff and students of universities and CRIs, and the private sector.

Projects and ventures may be brought to a Momentum Investment Committee at any point throughout their development process, from idea to company. We also encourage teams to return to the Investment Committees more than once to better benefit from the Momentum Process.

If you would like more information or would like to bring your venture to Momentum, please contact us!