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Our Investments
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2021
Intake 6
Improving Supply Chain Transparency
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Supply Chain Transparency Research
Research commissioned by the fund on the current state of supply chain transparency
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Sponsorship
Creative HQ - GovTech
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Creative HQ - GovTech Accelerator Programme
Foundational Partner
3 year Foundational Partnership of the Creative HQ GovTech Accelerator Programme - to drive public sector innovation. This years Programme was focusing on Sustainability in all its forms.
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2020
Intake 5
Future of work
Our investments emple ltd 2020
Signal My Soft Skills and Employability: A Digital Resource for Job Seekers
Soft skills are one of the hardest aspects of employability to signal to employers - especially if your work experience or personal work networks are limited. Most employers want soft skills, but few agree on how to define or measure them. EMPLE will be gathering feedback from envisaged user groups (job seekers, youth, vulnerable worker groups) to validate tool demand and requirements as well as potential tool partners. Output will be a high quality report and recommendations.
EMPLE website
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Manurewa High School Te Kura Tuarua o Manurewa - Business Academy
The Manurewa High Business Academy programme is designed to prepare large numbers of young Māori and Pacifica for their future in work. They create powerful learning connections with experts from business, and life changing opportunities and pathways for employment, that smash barriers for young people and their communities.
Manurewa High School business academy website
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Non-standard work survey - Accordant
A survey of covering significant numbers of contingent workers and hiring stakeholders in the government sector, regarding non-standard work. It's goal is to grow the knowledge base around non-standard work in the public sector. The findings of the research will be published in a report that will be made widely available.
Accordant Website
Our investments socius xr 2020
Socius XR
VR applications to help those with neuro-diversities practice social interaction in relation to employment.

Over 70 million people are on the Autism spectrum globally, and over 93,000 in New Zealand. Engagement challenges in social settings can significantly impact opportunities to obtain employment for neuro-diverse people, Socius XR are leading change in using emerging technologies to mitigate these barriers.
Socius XR's website
Our investments the social experiment 2020
The Social Experiment - The Online Experiment 2021
A radical educational alternative that prioritises mindset as the foundation to approach the future of work as a life-long learner with a meaningful contribution.

In the face of unprecedented societal and ecological challenges, Millennials and Gen Z's are demanding opportunities to create meaningful change. Traditional education and leadership methods are not equipping our rangatahi to meet the future needs of work. The Social Experiment (SOX) is a programme designed by and for millennials and Gen Z's, helping them to find purpose in their current or future workplace while giving them the tools and skills to make an impact.
The Social Experiment Website
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Future of Work skills systems research - Ivanov Consulting
Ivanov Consulting is conducting research into (and assessment of accessibility to) the systems NZ have in place to teach Future of Work skills. From this research, a report of the existing programmes (government and non-government) designed to address the Future of Work skills gaps will be created.
Ivanov Consulting website
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Future of Work Research
A Research Report commissioned by the fund, and executed by ThinkPlace on the Future of Work, to support our fifth Intake.
Link to download the Report
Intake 4
Financial inclusion
Our investments 3bf 2020
3BF (3 Bags Full) - Bringing digital jobs to schools
3BF reduces the barriers to employment and economic prosperity by taking digital jobs directly to schools so that students can earn while they learn.
https://kidscoin.co.nz
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Pocketful
Pocketful is a mobile financial inclusion application that brings together a AI driven chatbot (Penny), budgeting, ID, payments, financial training and connections to the financial assistance ecosystem to deliver an integrated financial fitness solution. Pocketful helps you easily create a daily budget, set up a savings plan, put together a plan to get out of debt, connect to support services… everything you need to get financially fit.
Pocketful website
2019
Intake 3
Optimising Government Payment Processes
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Fund a Future (Now SuperGenerous)
Platform to upcycle unclaimed donation tax rebates back to charities.

“The gift that keeps on giving
Every time you donate to a charity, school or religious organisation, you are eligible for a 33% donation rebate, but most Kiwis never bother with the paperwork. SuperGenerous makes it easy to claim back your rebate and put your share to good use – whether that means regifting it to charity or keeping it for yourself.”
Supergenerous website
Our investments improving victim reparation payments 2019
Improving Victim Reparation Payments
Ministry of Justice options analysis to find a solution to move away from cheques to pay victim reparations.
Intake 2
Public Service Optimisation
Our investments population density 2019
Population Density - Data Ventures - Stats NZ
A pilot of Data Venture’s Population Density solution - a yearly, monthly, weekly, and hourly indicator of the total number of people in areas of New Zealand, down to suburb level and on an hour-by-hour frequency, to help government and industry make better decisions. This helps with emergency planning, tourism, transport, biosecurity, accommodation, construction, energy, education and retail industries.
Data Ventures Website
Our investments Situate Me 2019
SituateMe - Resilience chatbot
A pilot of SituateMe’s “Resilience” chatbot with Auckland Emergency Management. SituateMe provides AI-backed chatbots that automate both data collection for emergency services as well as provide quick personalised information for citizens caught up in an emergency
Our investments The Generator platform 2019
The Generator Platform
The Generator is where enterprising Kiwis in hardship are bringing their ideas to life, sparking innovation and abundance in our communities. The Generator created a mobile application and digital platform, to support their hands on community representatives, brokering seed funding for people in hardship, enabling them to pursue micro business opportunities, to lead them to financial independence.

Driven by Emerge Aotearoa and Vaka Tautua with support from MSD
The Generators' website
Sponsorship
Manawa - Measuring whānau wellbeing
Our investments govtech manawa 2019
Manawa - Measuring whānau wellbeing
Hear our voices - A better way to measure the effectiveness of social services for Māori.

We sponsored a team, led by the Social Wellness Agency (SWA) and local community representatives to enter the 2019 GovTech Accelerator programme. This project is now creating software that collects and combines whānau voices with existing government data, to change the way social sector contracts are deployed.
The Social Wellbeing Agencies' website
2018
Intake 1
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Ministry of Education – Scoping project
Scoping project to explore digitally assisted technologies for MoE.
Our investments Voluntari ly 2018
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An online marketplace connecting schools who want tech-knowledgeable adults, with suitable corporate volunteers to teach the new Digital Technology Curriculum.
Voluntarily website
Our investments AML CFT Discovery 2018
AML/CFT Digital identity - Discovery project
Investigation into how digital identity can help small businesses comply with AML/CFT obligations.
DIA website
Direct Investments
2018 Direct Investments
Mytrove
MyTrove
Development of a death notification and data delivery service that partners with the DIA, to process and disseminate identity and personal data related to the end of life. MyTrove is a free service that allows selected individuals (family members, your lawyer etc.) – to notify multiple organisations after you’ve passed away; all in one place, at the click of a button.
MyTrove website
Our investments open banking challenge 2018
Open Banking showcase
Feasibility project to design and build an 'Open Banking Challenge' to explore and showcase the potential of the emerging technology
2017
Direct Investments
2017 Direct Investments
Our investments disease surveillance 2017
Disease Surveillance - Can transaction data shape government policy?
Professor Shaun Hendy, Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini (a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University of Auckland), and his team, had a unique opportunity to investigate historical and anonymised bank transaction data to see if they could identify spending patterns in a community following a disease outbreak. If they could find patterns, they could be turned into a model that could be used by Government policy advisors – giving them new insights into how communities respond to large scale events.
Te Pūnaha Matatinis' website
Our investments exploring check use in New zealand 2017
Exploring cheque use in New Zealand from a human centred perspective
Research project to consider the human centred challenges of cheque usage and explore solutions for transitioning from cheques to other payment options. The aim of the project was to produce a base of actionable insights that can be used by banks, businesses and government agencies to help transition people to less expensive and ultimately more durable and sustainable payment services.
Link to download the research
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Cheque Transition Government Working Group
The Fund established and supported a cross government working group to share challenges of cheque usage and explore solutions, for transitioning from cheques to other payment options.
Our investments MPI virtual border assistant 2017
MPI Virtual Border Assistant
Testing the technological and social feasibility of applying AI avatars to assist with border control. Say Hi to Vai … New Zealand’s first digital biosecurity officer. After an intensive and months-long period of prototyping, testing, tweaking, refining and training, ‘Vai’ (Virtual Assistant Interface) was deployed in Auckland Airport in early 2018.
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2 Shakes - AML for SME's
Anti-money laundering solution for SMEs to on-board new clients.

When a financial services business gains a new customer, it often takes time before the two businesses can start working together. Regulations, compliance and permissions – both public and private – can slow everything down. 2Shakes makes the whole customer onboarding process a lot simpler – and faster.
2Shakes website
Sponsorship
2017 Sponsorships
Govhack
GovHack Aotearoa
Sponsorship of 2017 GovHack Aotearoa event
Innovationcouncil
NZ Innovation Council
Sponsorship to the NZ Innovation Council Awards
2016
Direct Investments
2016 Direct Investments
Our investments cyber credentials 2016
Cyber Credentials
A cyber credentials scheme to raise awareness of cyber security amongst NZ SMEs & help them implement cyber security protection. Small business owners are busy. Trying to navigate the complex and ever-changing world of cyber security is a headache they don’t need. We funded a pilot programme to develop a cyber security audit service for small businesses.