WaikatoLink Limited is the commercialisation and technology transfer office
of the University of Waikato.
All academics should be aware that their research may be commercially valuable.
The value may be lost if the research is not evaluated for commercialisation
prior to being published. WaikatoLink can advise on how to disclose, and thereby
protect, the intellectual property from research prior to publishing the work.
Commercialisation of technology involves taking the technology resulting
from research along a path to a commercial outcome. WaikatoLink facilitates
technology transfer to achieve commercial potential. The technology resulting
from research can be in many different forms e.g. software, hardware, a process,
a piece of technology or know-how. External funding may be required to enable
development of the technology to a commercial outcome. Funding can be provided
by WaikatoLink itself, commercial partners, or by investors, including venture
capitalists. The outcome of commercialisation can be the outright sale of the
technology, licensing of the technology, the formation of a spin-off company,
or a joint venture with a commercial partner. WaikatoLink’s commercial managers
can advise on the commercialisation potential of technology.
WaikatoLink is located in the Core Facilities Building on Level One of the
Waikato Innovation Park, on Ruakura Road. For more information phone (07) 858-5172,
fax (07) 857-0781 or go to the website http://www.waikatolink.ac.nz
The Hothouse is WaikatoLink's Technology Development Unit; it is primarily
focused on undertaking further development work on inventions and research
ideas and taking them through to a stage where they are market-ready or investor-ready.
The Hothouse places students in a commercial environment which focuses them
on these commercial tasks under the experienced guidance of WaikatoLink's commercial