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Bringing academia to industry

14 June, 2020


Catherine Clennett, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Hiringa Energy, speaking at our Techweek event

Industry engagement, through our Interface programme, is a major pillar of our drive into the marketplace. Internships with Interface partners (e.g. Mint) support our alumni employment outcomes. 

In 2019, we have grown engagement with thematic organisations which represent smaller businesses with shared interests. As part of our Interface activities we ran a Techweek event in Auckland where we brought together researchers and companies with an interest in sustainablity.

Examples include groups such as the Sustainable Business Network and the National New Energy Development Centre, and Māori economy groups, such as FOMA Innovation and Poutama Trust.



If we had continued along the path of trying to crack this problem in-house, without the MacDiarmid Institute, it is unlikely we would have been successful.

James Obern Commercial Director, Avertana