Today WWF-New Zealand and partners Ākina Foundation, Auckland Council, Callaghan Innovation, Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment, and Ministry for Primary Industries launched 9Wire: Aotearoa's first program to fast-track environmental innovations to impact.
9Wire will take those innovations with the greatest potential for improving the environment and surround them with the bespoke support they need to make a difference in our world.
The 9Wire partners bring an extensive network of resources to the program. This includes access to more than a billion dollars in funding; more than three hundred PhDs and other experts; and unparalleled access to government, business and the international community. 9Wire totally revolutionizes the way innovators are helped on their path to success.
WWF-New Zealand CEO Livia Esterhazy explained:
"We realized we could no longer only just give money or short-term support to innovators and expect our environment to improve. We need to shift our entire vision to support them with their innovations which just might save our world."
Opening today, applicants are invited to submit their new ideas for nature at 9Wire.co.nz. Early entries are encouraged, as they will receive feedback and advice during the application process. Applications close on 8 July.
"We don't just want to help improve the known. We want to support innovators as they invent the unknown. As our Prime Minister said recently, fixing our environment is our moral duty but time is running out. We need 9Wire thinking and we need it now."