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Check out the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards finalists

Announced today are the finalists who represent game-changing innovation from every corner of the country, with new ventures, products and services from a broad range of industries and business disciplines.

Finalists in the New Zealand Innovation Awards 2017 demonstrate that Kiwi innovation has come a long way with a vibrant and active innovation and business community. Included in the finalists are an exciting range of entries; from quiet drones, solar-powered cow collars, smart trampolines, Te Reo Māori Smartphones and ethical corporate workwear. Spoilt for choice with this year’s entries – these are truly world changing innovations!

New Zealand Innovation Council’s Founder and CEO Louise Webster says: “the awards program is finishing its 7th year and has firmly established itself as New Zealand’s most iconic innovation event. It’s great to have seen the innovation ecosystem grow and develop over this time and simply humbling to talk to so many fantastic business innovators. Since the program began we have seen a shift away from businesses developing new products and services for the NZ market to a strong focus on export markets with many businesses going global from day one.”

Bayer New Zealand Managing Director Derek Bartlett, says “Bayer are committed to helping kiwi companies be the best that they can be, we have innovation at the heart of everything we do and take pride in supporting such a great initiative to celebrate and profile innovation across New Zealand.”

Last year, ARANZ Medical won the Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation prize at the annual New Zealand Innovation awards. ARANZ Medical’s advanced scanning technology, silhouette, measures wound healing and ensures the right treatment is being used to promote faster healing and more accurate diagnosis.

Other foundation sponsors include Idealog and a joint partnership between Westpac NZ and the NZ Government, who are excited about the breadth and depth of innovation being produced across the country.

Category sponsors include the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation, Chorus, Equifax, Jade Software, James & Wells, KPMG, 3M, Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), Plant & Food Research Limited, Radio LIVE, Regus, Sovereign and 90 Seconds.

The winners of the New Zealand Innovation Awards will be announced at the awards event held on Thursday 19 October at ANZ Viaduct Event Centre, Auckland. Join 700 other entrepreneurs, innovators and investors to share in New Zealand's largest innovation event of the year. For more information and to purchase tickets to the awards event, go to www.innovationawards.org.nz or call 0800 2 INNOVATE (0800 2 46668).

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The 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards finalists are:

INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & ENVIRONMENT - Sponsored by Bayer NZ

● Alliance Group - The Omega Lamb Project

● Halter

● Levno - Sensor and Data Technology

● Marine Flex - Elastic Mooring

● SPATnz (Shellfish Production and Technology New Zealand) - Next Generation Shellfish

● Spring Sheep Milk Co. - New Zealand's Gentlest Milk

● Squawk Squad

INNOVATION IN DESIGN & ENGINEERING - Sponsored by James & Wells

● ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software

● Dotterel Technologies

● Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior 2

● Onguard Group - Seismic Systems

● Rocket Lab

● SolarBright - DATAeye

● Springfree Trampoline - Smart Trampoline

● Tectonus - Resilient Slip Friction Joint

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT - Sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

● CORE Education - iNVENTIONATOR

● Crimson Education

● EdPotential

● Fulton Hogan - Virtual Reality Training

● Kami

● Linewize - Classwize

● Massey University Wellington - The Design+Democracy Project

● Osnova - Amy

INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL, PROFESSIONAL & PUBLIC SERVICES - Sponsored by Equifax

● Cream

● Department of Internal Affairs - SmartStart

● FluentIQ - Test Center

● McCarthyFinch

● Simplicity

● Simply Payroll

● StockX - A Smarter Exchange

INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SCIENCE - Sponsored by Chorus

● Avalia Immunotherapies - Synthetic Vaccines

● BFW Innovations - The Original Mattress Elevator

● CoLiberate - Nourish Your Mind

● Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior 2

● FlexiMap

● MARS Bioimaging

● Myovolt - Wearable Vibration Therapy

● Precision Driven Health

INNOVATION IN FOOD & BEVERAGE - Sponsored by Plant & Food Research

● Alliance Group - The Omega Lamb Project

● Anteater - Premium Edible Insects

● Fix & Fogg - World’s Best Peanut Butter

● Fonterra Co-operative Group - Protein Ingredient (MPC4867)

● Green Spot Technologies

● Imake - The Grainfather

INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS - Sponsored by Jade Software

● Air New Zealand - Customer Innovation Programme

● ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software

● Corvecto - Virtual Reality Training Solutions

● fulcrum - The fulcrum HUB

● Moxion

● Onguard Group - Seismic Systems

● The Social Club

● Vector - Glen Innes Substation

● WaterOutlook

INNOVATION SYSTEMS & PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT - Sponsored by Westpac NZ & the NZ Government

● Fonterra Co-operative Group - Vitamin D Measurement

● Forsite

● Halter

● High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) - Innovation Programme

● Revisia - Industrial 3D Innovation

● Soar Printing - Evolution through Innovation

● Vigilance - Financial Risk Management

● Waitemata District Health Board - Leapfrog Programme

INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS - Sponsored by StopPress

● 2degrees - Data Hunt

● AttitudeLive

● Corvecto - Virtual Reality Training Solutions

● Fire and Emergency New Zealand - Escape My House

● Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior - Therapy Growth and Product Preference

● Shuttlerock

● Spring Sheep Milk Co. - New Zealand's Gentlest Milk

● Workhere New Zealand & WREDA – LookSee 

● Zavy

INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY & RENEWABLE ENERGY - Sponsored by NZ Innovation Council

● EcobagsNZ - No to Plastic Bags, yes to Compostable

● ecostore

● Green Spot Technologies

● Little Yellow Bird - Ethically Made Corporate Workwear

● Marine Flex - Elastic Mooring

● Organic Initiative (Oi)

● solarcity New Zealand - solarZero energy service

● Yealands Wine Group - Harnessing the power of the sun

INNOVATION IN TOURISM & ENTERTAINMENT - Sponsored by Idealog

● GeoZone

● Haka Tourism Group - An Innovative Business Model

● Modern Māori Quartet

● Off The Beaten Track

● Pop-up Globe Auckland

● Sonnar Interactive - Audio Games

● Tourism Holdings (THL) - Mighway

● Wherewolf

INNOVATION IN MᾹORI DEVELOPMENT - Sponsored by KPMG

● Hiakai

● Huawei New Zealand - Te Reo Māori Smartphone

● Metia Interactive - Tākaro

● Plink Software - Tipu Te Reo Māori

● Punarau Media - Pipi Mā

EXPORT INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)

● Alliance Group - The Omega Lamb Project

● ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software

● Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior 2

● fulcrum - The fulcrum HUB

● Moxion

● Onguard Group - Seismic Systems

● Shuttlerock

● Timely

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION - Sponsored by Sovereign

● AttitudeLive - Attitude

● Fire and Emergency New Zealand - Escape My House

● Organic Initiative (Oi)

● Plink Software - Tipu Te Reo Māori

● Te Whare Hukahuka - Growing Māori Social Enterprise

● Te Whare Hukahuka - Ka Eke Poutama

● Massey University Wellington - The Design+Democracy Project

● The Taranaki Retreat

INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

● Alliance Group - The Omega Lamb Project

● Avalia Immunotherapies - Synthetic Vaccines

● Dotterel Technologies

● Halter

● Myovolt - Wearable Vibration Therapy

● mango teQ - REYEDR HUD

● Sonnar Interactive - Audio Games

START-UP INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

● Anteater - Premium Edible Insects

● Burnsafe NZ - Disposal of Landmines & Unexploded Ordnance

● Firstcheck

● Hiakai

● Mevo - Electric Vehicles On Demand

● Moxion

● Previously Unavailable - Toothcrush

● SolarBright - DATAeye

EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATION - Sponsored by Regus

● Cream

● Kami

● Marine Flex - Elastic Mooring

● MARS Bioimaging

● Simply Payroll

● StockX - A Smarter Exchange

● WaterOutlook

● Zavy

DISRUPTIVE & BREAKTHROUGH INNOVATION - Sponsored by Westpac NZ & the NZ Government

● ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software

● Avalia Immunotherapies - Synthetic Vaccines

● Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior 2

● Flick Electric Co.

● Halter

● MARS Bioimaging

● Moxion

● Rocket Lab

● SolarBright - DATAeye

YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR - Sponsored by MOTAT

● Erik Zydervelt - Mevo

● Henry Lane - Corvecto

● Jarek Beksa - Sonnar Interactive

● Jody Burrell, Bop Murdock, Sarah Tuck - CoLiberate

● Samantha Jones - Little Yellow Bird

● Shay Wright - Te Whare Hukahuka

MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL - Sponsored by 3M

● Asantha Wijeyeratne (Peter) - Simply Payroll

● Helen Robinson - Organic Initiative (Oi)

● Katie Hinsen - Blue Collar Post Collective

● Peter Beck - Rocket Lab

BAYER SUPREME NEW ZEALAND INNOVATION - Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

● Will be announced on Thursday 19th October at the 2017 NZ Innovation Award, ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland

THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - Sponsored by RadioLIVE

● All finalists - public voting open from the 12 September to the 29 September 2017 at www.innovationawards.org.nz