Calling all innovators: Entries open now for the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2015

Calling all innovators: Entries open now for the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2015
From now until August 4th the New Zealand Innovators Awards (NZIA) is looking for next wave of NZ organisations developing exciting new products or services.

NZ Innovation Council CEO Louise Webster says the awards are open to anyone with a great idea, product or service, regardless of where they’re at in the development process.

“It doesn’t matter what industry you are working in,” says NZ Innovation Council CEO Louise Webster, “there’s a category for you.”

“Put yourself on a national stage, profile your business success and get connected to networks to help you grow.”

“The stage of growth you are at or who you are doesn’t matter – you may have an innovation project that is still in development, a product or service that you have just launched to market, or a business that you have been growing for many years. Regardless of your size or stage of growth, we want to hear about your contribution to innovation in this country.”

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If the success of former entrants is anything to go by, it’s well worth the effort. Kiwi software start-up GreenButton entered the competition in 2013, won their category, and was later acquired by a tech giant Microsoft.

“We’re on the hunt for innovators and innovations of every description,” says Webster. “We’re looking for game-changers across a broad range of businesses and industries.”

Organisations, teams and individuals enter products, services, business processes or new business ventures, across nine industry categories which include;

Industry & Business Categories:

  • Innovation in Agribusiness & Environment
  • Innovation in Design & Engineering
  • Innovation in Financial & Professional Services
  • Innovation in Health & Science
  • Innovation in Food & Beverage
  • Innovation in Information Communications Technology & Cloud Solutions
  • Innovation in Marketing & Communications
  • Innovation in Media, Music & Entertainment
  • Innovation in Sustainability & Cleantech

From these categories, the evaluators will select:

  • Supreme New Zealand Innovator
  • Sustained Innovation Excellence
  • Innovation Excellence in Research
  • Export Innovator of the Year
  • Excellence in Social Innovation
  • Emerging New Zealand Innovator
  • Most Inspiring Individual
  • Young New Zealand Innovator
  • The People's Choice – Idealog Magazine online award

Entry is open now until August 4, with the awards ceremony set for October 21.