In 2016, when the medical scanning technology company ARANZ Medical entered the New Zealand Innovation Awards and won Supreme New Zealand Innovator, they never imagined the impact it would have on their business. “To be the Supreme Innovator is just superb, it’s a real testament to the team that we have back in Christchurch – to have this acknowledgement is just brilliant,” says Aranz medical CEO Dr Bruce Davey.
“Winning this award is just an extraordinary recognition of not just a decade, but 17 years of being in start-up land, so it’s really humbling, it’s nice to have the support of my peers and it’s just really exciting,” explains Jenene Crossan, founder and CEO of Flossie.com, who won Most Inspiring Individual last year.
The awards were created to give smart, innovative individuals and businesses a platform to be recognised and celebrated. Now in their seventh year, the NZ Innovation Awards (NZIA) have seen countless new connections made and watched the national innovation ecosystem grow and mature.
“We’ve watched with great pride as past entrants, finalists and winners change the world by developing new products, applying new technologies and growing new markets,” says Louise Webster, NZ Innovation Council founder and CEO.
From now until July 28, 2017, the NZIA is on the hunt for the next wave of New Zealand’s greatest innovators, innovations and organisations.
“It doesn’t matter what industry you are working in, or what stage of growth you are at – 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,” says Webster. “Regardless of your size or stage of growth, we want to hear about your contribution to innovation.”
NZIA foundation sponsor Bayer New Zealand’s managing director Derek Bartlett says: “Innovation is part of our company’s core values and the collaboration it brings is key to getting new ideas to market. New Zealand is an amazingly innovative country, so I strongly encourage New Zealand business to stand up and enter the awards.”
Other foundation sponsors include a joint partnership between Westpac NZ and the New Zealand Government who are delighted to be able to help support the NZ Innovation Awards.
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.
Webster says outstanding innovation can come from anywhere. “We’re on the lookout for innovators and innovations of every description. We’re looking for world changers across a broad range of businesses and industries.”
Organisations, teams and individuals can enter products, services, business processes or new business ventures, across 12 industry categories and 10 business categories.
But be quick – entries close July 28.
- Want to know more about the awards? Check out publisher Ben Fahy’s story about what it was like to evaluate entries last year.
- Innovation in Agribusiness & Environment
- Innovation in Design & Engineering
- Innovation in Education, Training & Development
- Innovation in Financial, Professional & Public Services
- Innovation in Food & Beverage
- Innovation in Health & Science
- Innovation in Maori Development
- Innovation in Media, Marketing & Communications
- Innovation in Sustainability & Renewable Energy
- Innovation Systems & Performance Improvement
- Innovation in Technology Solutions
- Innovation in Tourism & Entertainment
BUSINESS DISCIPLINE CATEGORIES
- Innovation Excellence in Research
- Excellence in Social Innovation
- Start-up Innovator of the Year
- Emerging New Zealand Innovator
- Disruptive & Breakthrough Innovation
- Export Innovator of the Year
- Most Inspiring Individual
- Young New Zealand Innovator
- People’s Choice
- Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation