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A background in neuroscience, herbal medicine and elite sports, Nelson sisters Chloe and Florence Van Dyke set out to create the world’s most nutritious drinks. Chia Superfood drinks – your daily dose of goodness. Delicious drinks designed to lay the foundations for you to feel nourished, energised and good every day.

Hybrid Bikes is New Zealand's globally acclaimed e-bike brand, recognized for enhancing lifestyles and enabling people to explore nature's best cycle trails in comfort. We are committed to helping you create unforgettable, joyful memories on your cycling adventures by building you the lightweight customized e-bike to get you there.

Kimer Med was founded in 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Building on fusion protein technology discovered at MIT, they have designed a Platform to rapidly engineer broad-spectrum antivirals to combat existing viral diseases, and for protection against future pandemic threats. Winners - Innovative Business Award, 2023 Chamber Business Awards.

Producer of health products based on bioactives extracted from New Zealand green lipped mussels, managing all processes from farm to factory. Farms are in the Marlborough Sounds, Tasman Bay and Golden Bay.

Moananui is a coming together of bold, forward thinking organisations. Together, we aim to develop New Zealand's blue economy in new and sustainable ways.

The Nelson Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAI) applies AI to global problems relating to the environment and sustainability, by partnering with others to spin off ventures that address these problems. NAI has launched two such ventures so far: CarbonCrop, focused on climate change, and Harvest Hub, focused on sustainable food production.

Nelson Marina, a cornerstone of Te Tau Ihu’s maritime community, offers over 500 berths, a boat yard and state-of-the-art marina facilities. Supported by a dedicated team focused on sustainability and customer service, the marina is committed to the Blue Economy, enhancing accessibility to and enjoyment of the sea for all Nelsonians.

We are passionate about creating the ultimate salmon experience. As the world’s largest producer, we are the King salmon experts with more than 30 years of farming, processing and branding this unique breed.

PEL are experts in extraction of high value natural products, operating a large multi-purpose extraction plant with four 850L extraction vessels. PEL also offer pilot scale extraction facilities for development work, partnering with Callaghan Innovation for research and development.

Pic's Peanut Butter revolutionised a boring, commoditised category by delivering a healthy, natural peanut butter. Hi Oleic peanuts are fresh roasted daily at the purpose-built factory in Nelson, delivering delicious peanut butter that tastes like real peanuts. Pic's Peanut Butter is New Zealand's number-one-selling peanut butter.

Proper Crisps is devoted to the pursuit of crafting meaningful snacks. Paving the way forward with the use of really real ingredients without any preservatives or additives whilst maintaining an exceptionally high quality by grading, sorting and cooking the crisps by hand in their Nelson based factory.

Specialising in sustainable deepwater fishing, seafood processing and aquaculture, Sealord Group employs over 1,550 people in New Zealand, and around 200 in Australia. Sealord is the largest seafood business in New Zealand, exporting over 90 per cent of its catch to 40 countries in various frozen formats from Nelson and Lyttleton.

The Trinder Group is a progressive company with three sites and a team of 90+ staff. Focussing on increasing productivity across a large range of industries and sectors, we are a dedicated, forward-thinking engineering partner and see our job as enabling stakeholders to better serve their industry and customers.

Waikaitu provides the food growing industry with superior innovative bio-solutions and exceptional support to enable farming practices that are better for the planet and better for business. Our organic product range revitalises the biology in the soil to support plant growth and productivity and increases photosynthesis and stress resilience of the crop, naturally.



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How it works

Explore our innovation community in Nelson Tasman via our digital directory. This go-to resource is designed to connect individuals and businesses in five categories ranging from leaders and shapers to thinkers, supporters and those operating outside of the region. By creating a robust network of innovators at our doorstep, we can help foster growth and enhance the potential for success. We're here to build a community of big thinkers.


Nelson Tasman is home to many leading businesses in science and tech, the blue economy, food and beverage, tourism, and forestry and horticulture. Leaders showcase the forward-thinking businesses in these industries.


Shapers are the organisations that shape the regional strategic direction of our economy.


Supporters are key businesses who support other businesses across their growth journey.


Thinkers are the region’s educators and research & development resources.

Outside Nelson Tasman

Support recourse for start-ups and entrepreneurs outside of our home, across the rest of NZ. 

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