From now until 29 July 2016, the The New Zealand Innovation Awards (NZIA) is on the hunt for the next wave of innovators, innovations and organisations that have invested in developing new products, services and ventures, as well as improving the performance of their people and teams.
NZIA have helped many organisations across a variety of industry sectors get connected to a wide range of partners, multinational organisations and private investors searching for great Kiwi companies to work with and invest in.
“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 NZ Innovation Council CEO, Louise Webster.
“Regardless of your size or stage of growth, we want to hear about your contribution to innovation. We’re on the hunt for innovators and innovations of every description. We’re looking for game-changers across a broad range of businesses and industries.”
Stephen Henry, CEO of the 2015 Supreme New Zealand Innovators Award winner, Kode Biotech, says he never imagined the impact the win would have on Kode’s business: “The awards have raised the profile of Kode Biotech and it has made it much easier for us to raise capital, which was a very nice bonus.”
Glenn Martin, Founder and Former CEO of Martin JetPack, who in the same year won Most Inspiring Individual, says that “…you don’t do it for accolades but it is nice to have a group of people whom you respect, recognise that what you have done is actually inspiring and useful.”
Organisations, teams and individuals can enter products, services, business processes or new business ventures, across ten industry categories which include:
Innovation in Agribusiness & Environment
Innovation in Design & Engineering
Innovation in Education, Training & Development
Innovation in Financial & Professional Services
Innovation in Health & Science
Innovation in Food & Beverage
Innovation in Technology Solutions
Innovation in Marketing & Communications
Innovation in Media, Mobile & Entertainment
Innovation in Sustainability & Cleantech
From these categories, the evaluators will select winner for the following eleven business discipline categories:
Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovator
Innovation Excellence in Research
Start-up Innovator of the Year
Emerging New Zealand Innovator
Sustained Innovation Excellence
Export Innovator of the Year
Excellence in Social Innovation
Innovation in Maori Development
Most Inspiring Individual
Young New Zealand Innovator
The People's Choice - Idealog’s online award (a personal highlight)
Click HERE for more information on how to enter
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