Calling all Kiwi innovators

Know any remarkable innovators? Perhaps you’re a clever innovator yourself. Or maybe you just fancy being awe-inspired by some of New Zealand’s most forward thinkers. Or you just like paper clips. Either way, here’s a little something that ought to grab your interest. The New Zealand Innovators Awards are on the hunt for great kiwi innovations, inventors and organisations that have invested in developing new products, services and ventures as well as improving the performance of people and teams. 

Previously known as the Bayer Innovators Awards, the awards have been revamped for 2011 and feature a new website and a much broader range of categories, including a supreme innovators award, a people’s choice award and the most inspiring innovator award. 

The new-look awards goodness comes courtesy of Bayer New Zealand, Ideas Accelerator and Idealog. Supporting the awards are the New Zealand Innovation Council and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). 

“Together we have not only significantly updated the Innovators Awards, but plan to take them to the next level,” says Bayer New Zealand corporate communications manager William Malpass. “We not only want to recognise innovation efforts, but eventually create an innovation network that will ultimately help with getting the economy moving again.” 

And without further ado, here are the categories for this years awards:

  • Health & Science
  • Design & Engineering
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • ICT
  • Manufacturing and Marketing & Communications.
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Supreme New Zealand Innovators Award
  • Pre-commercial Award
  • Most Inspiring Individual Award.

Entries are open to individuals, teams, businesses and organisations from all parts of New Zealand, and close on 12 August 2011. 

Finalists will be profiled in Idealog magazine and its associated online publications before the winners are announced in late October at an awards evening in Auckland. 

For more information and to enter, check out the fancy new awards website HERE.

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