Communities are a type of Hub that can be profiled on Scale-Up NZ. This article answers frequently asked questions about Communities, including eligibility criteria and definitions.

What is a 'community'?

Communities in Scale-Up NZ are defined as groups that have a direct or substantial indirect impact on the New Zealand innovation ecosystem. Communities must have:

  • Common ground - a shared interest that includes a clear definition of the community's target audience and what they stand for or are trying to achieve.

  • Common space - a place where the community interacts and communicates, physically and/or virtually. Community members must be registered or formally affiliated with the space.

  • Community leadership - facilitators, administrators and/or decision makers for the group that are responsible for the continuation and success of the community.

What types of communities are included on Scale-Up NZ?

There are 6 community types on Scale-Up NZ:

  1. Professional: communities that bring together professionals that have a clear proficiency in working with innovative companies. 

  2. Regional: communities whose common ground is their regional affiliation.

  3. Founder: communities that bring together founders of innovative companies.

  4. Investor: communities whose common ground or main activity is investing.

  5. Alumni: communities whose common ground is being a graduate of a programme or organisation that is innovation related.

  6. Sector: communities that cluster around a specific industry or subject/technology area.

What does 'membership type' mean?

There are 3 community membership types:

  1. Inclusive: open to everyone

  2. Selective: specific criteria need to be met before an entity can join the community

  3. Invite only: entities can only join the community by invitation

What are community 'resources'?

Resources on a community profile refers to shared resources that members of the community have access to, including:

  • Shared Spaces: physical shared spaces, including event spaces, co-working spaces, meeting rooms, conference rooms, classrooms and labs.

  • Databases: shared databases such as lists of potential clients and their interests, free access to libraries or research publications, lists of service providers with a proficiency in the community's area of interest etc.

  • Utilities: other resources that community members can access or benefit from, including newsletters, dedicated online platforms, webinar platforms, courses and workshops, expert office hours, free access to cloud services, access to partners/investors, APIs, machinery and equipment

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