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Aug 6, 2015

Get your thinking caps on, New Plymouth


Taranaki people are being encouraged to think big by the region's economic development agency.

Venture Taranaki (VT) has just secured funding to help people based in the region develop ideas and research projects which interest them and also benefit the community.

Along with South Auckland and Otago, Taranaki has been included in the Curious Minds pilot scheme, which is connected to central government's Participatory Science Platform.

The programme forms part of a government strategy called Science in Society: A Nation of Curious Minds, which is geared up to get more New Zealanders engaged with science and technology.

The Curious Minds Taranaki pilot gives members of the public an opportunity to work alongside scientists and tech experts to help make their ideas a reality.

VT project manager Lucy Graydon said schools, community groups and businesses were all encouraged to apply. 

"We want to hear ideas about anything that could make Taranaki more interesting, better, cleaner or smarter," Graydon said.

Two types of funding are on offer through the pilot. Up to $1,000 is available to assist with idea development while a maximum of  $20,000 could be to tagged testing and analysis of initiatives, with the view that successful  projects will be up and running by the end of the year.

"This is a big win for Taranaki and for anyone in Taranaki with a great idea," she said.

Applications for seed funding close on August 28 followed by the project funding deadline on October 2. 

 

For more information email [email protected]

 - Stuff

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