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We would like to invite you to join us for a MacDiarmid Institute Industry Interface event as part of the Techweek series. We will be showcasing a mix of excellent, commercially relevant research, researcher-industry linkages, and exciting technology companies. Please join us in celebrating deep tech companies and meeting the research entrepreneurs who can deliver commercial solutions to some of the world’s major challenges. 

When: 5-7pm Friday, 28 May  

Where: Ti-Kouka, 90 Ilam Road, Christchurch 

Further details: For the event programme, speakers and our event partners, see the Techweek website 

Register: here  

What’s Deep Tech?  

“Deep tech” is a relatively recent name coined by investors for technology companies that emerge from scientific research. These companies offer a major competitive advantage to their host countries in providing solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Deep tech companies apply research to solving issues like sustainability, Covid-19, space travel, green energy and advanced manufacturing, all emerging commercial frontiers that stand to provide the competitive edge needed by economies in these times of change. 

Brought to you by:  

  • The MacDiarmid Institute – the Centre of Research Excellence for materials science and nanotechnology and we have a focus on materials for sustainability. 
  • NZProduct Accelerator (NZPA) – an industry facing, research intensive network for helping NZ companies develop new products and processes, by pulling research and expertise from all NZ Universities, one CRI, and other organisations as needed. 
  • Momentum – a national ākonga/student-led investment committee program which provides access to world class advice, connections, and investment opportunities to ākonga/students and start-ups across Aotearoa. 
  • CHIASMA – a student-led network with the mission of connecting the next generation of innovators with the science and technology sectors of New Zealand. 
  • MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA) – a thriving community of materials science PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, working together to deliver training workshops, seminars and engage with the public. 

·         Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) – a multi-disciplinary research centre at the University of Canterbury dedicated to the study of molecular interactions critical to biological function. Understanding these interactions is central to a range of fundamental sciences, discovering new treatments for disease and developing highly functional products. 


Not in Christchurch? Join us for our Wellington Deep Tech event on 26 May – find out more here

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