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

This was the first Momentum Investment Committee created. June 2018 marked the first anniversary of the committee, over that time they have held 11 meetings and supported over 30 projects. Project teams have originated from the University of Auckland, AUT, University of Waikato, and University of Otago, and it is still growing.


Wellington Momentum

This Investment Committee is possible through a strategic partnership with KiwiNet, and Viclink (the commercialisation arm of Victoria University). It is comprised of students from Victoria University, Massey University, and University of Otago, along with our local longitudinally experienced members.


About the Momentum Investment Committees

The Investment Committees are formed of 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 from 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!