R9 Accelerator is a Better for Business initiative

Government services are often complex and fragmented, meaning it can take more effort to deal with government than it should.

Result 9 – Better for Business is one of the New Zealand Government’s Better Public Services result areas. Our goal is to make it easier for businesses to interact with NZ government.

R9 Accelerator was started to test new ways of sourcing and procuring innovative solutions to problems in government. Working with our partners we select teams of creative innovators from the public and private sector to go through an in-residence accelerator.

Teams have three months to dive deep into their Opportunity areas, understand the problems and identify solutions that will meet the customers’ needs.

It is one of the first programmes of its kind in the world and is a finalist for the New Zealand Innovation Awards 2016.


R9 Accelerator speeds up NZ government

Change in government can be slow and painful. But like any other large organisation, government needs to adapt or face disruption.

The accelerator model has been used in the private sector to speed up the development of startup companies – helping startups rapidly grow and scale by providing them mentorship, office space, and a cohort of other startups to bounce ideas off.

R9 Accelerator is a unique hybrid model – sponsoring organisations identify Opportunities (areas of government to customer interactions that need improving) and then we find teams of public and private sector innovators to go through a 3 month accelerator.