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    Evaluator Feedback 2016

    Take a bow! You are incredible and inspiring innovators.

    Congratulations on entering the NZ Innovation Awards. We know putting your name forward for an award and talking about yourself and your business can feel a little awkward sometimes, but we are so glad you did!

    Phew! Each of the entries into this year's awards were reviewed by three of our 42 Business Innovation Evaluators. They've summarised their insights from the 2016 entries into helpful advice on how to focus your entry in the future. Even if you aren't planning to enter again, please take a read through as this information includes advice around telling your business and brand story, which is something you probably do on a daily basis!

    The bottom line is... our evaluators all agree that the 2016 entries demonstrate New Zealand's commitment to, and maturity in, innovation. Every category was stacked with innovation genius, and the decision making process was very difficult. If you didn't reach the stage of the awards program you had hoped for, we hope this feedback helps you prepare for your awards entry in 2017.

    Tell us a story

    Share your customer story and your core purpose

    Communicate a simple, clear, customer-focused story. What is your driving and underlying purpose? Shift the focus of your entry, from technology, product and/or service to the customer or user problem you are solving or the customer opportunity you are creating.  Video is really effective in helping evaluators understand your entry. Short videos of two minutes or less brought entries to life and sold the benefits of what you do for your customers. We had lots of positive feedback that the process of creating a short video was a really valuable experience to go through and also useful on social media and websites as well. This doesn't have to be a work of art - it's fine to grab your phone and start filming.

    Categories matter

    Get smart about the Innovation categories that you choose to enter

    You may enter in up to three categories for a single entry. Each entry into a category gives you three evaluators to review your entry. This means a really diverse set of eyes on your entry and diverse feedback. We encourage you to invest the time to tailor your entry a little more for each category. While the story is the same please consider the category you are in and tie the entry to that category. For example, if you're entering the Innovation in Marketing and Communications category, we'd love to hear specifics on customer targeting, branding solutions or a specific campaign that you're really proud of. Our team can help you choose your best categories to profile your innovation.  

    Going to market

    Provide a clear picture of your markets, and their size and scale

    The more market information you can provide the better! This helps our evaluators to understand the market opportunities available and your current penetration into these markets as well as potential new markets. We understand some entries operate as very successful businesses already, others are very early-stage and yet to break-even. 

    Show us the money

    Provide a short summary of financial data

    For pre-commercial and research entries we are looking for funding milestones, commercialisation milestones and other achievements to help us gauge commercial viability such as, patents, trademarks, commercial partnership and funding gained.

    For early stage, start-up and emerging businesses we are looking for growth in revenue and your pathway to profitability. Any ‘actuals’ as well as ‘forecast revenue’ supported by verifiable market data and other information that will support your revenue growth assumptions.

    For commercial businesses that are well established we are looking for consistent revenue growth, a track record of success and a well-developed growth pathway.

    Share your vision

    Social innovation entries are about impact and vision

    The evaluators are looking to see examples of the progress and impact that your innovation has made, funding streams, business model and any commercial partnerships. Highlight the impact you are making in your chosen area and the impact and positive change you are planning to make.

    Awards Given in 2016

    We received a record number of entries in 2016. Our team of 42 evaluators agreed that innovation competition was intense and close in every category. There were 21 innovation category winners, includin the Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation Award winner. There were 17 highly commended awards given, as well as two runner-up awards under the Idealog People's Choice Innovation Award.

    2016 NZ Innovation Trends

    Every entrant had the opportunity to confidentially tell us about their next innovation challenge and major business growth hurdle. We look forward to sharing analysis on these agreegated responses with you in the months to come. 

    Some top points that have emerged:

    • The need for growth funding was the number one issue identified by entrants;
    • Understanding consumer needs and unmet needs was the second most significant issue;
    • Strategy and alignment, followed by upscaling and growth were the third and fourth most common challenges.
    • The rise of the social enterprise continues, with 21% of entries in this category;
    • 20% of entries were in the research phase, and 59% defined as commercial/business.

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    WINNERS 2016

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 NZ Innovation Awards. See the full list of winners below, and media release here.

    BAYER SUPREME NEW ZEALAND INNOVATION

    Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

    This award is presented by Bayer New Zealand to the best overall entry.

    WINNER: ARANZ Medical - Silhouette & FastSCAN

     

    ARANZ Medical’s Silhouette scanner is an advanced non-contact wound surveillance system that shows the rate of healing and wound change over a period of time, allowing for better monitoring and patient care. ARANZ Medical has also developed the FastSCAN, a 3D system that helps custom-fit orthotics and prosthetics more comfortably, and accurately, for patients. These patented technologies are already helping patients in thirty-five countries and have been acknowledged by the United Nations.

    www.aranzmedical.com

    INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENT

    Sponsored by KPMG

    Flashmate

    WINNER: Farmshed Labs - Flashmate

    Flashmate® is a touch-sensitive disposable detector which indicates when a cow is in heat and ready for breeding. It takes the guesswork out of animal husbandry as Flashmate® is easily applied in wet or dry weather with one hand, and stays on for weeks. When the red light comes on, the cow is in heat and ready to get in calf. A green light indicates possible pregnancy if the cow has not come into heat again within 25 days. The accuracy of Flashmate® ensures increased success rates with cow pregnancy, thereby increasing herds and milking yields. Flashmate® is a low-cost product that increases efficiency without altering farming work practices. The Flashmate® starts working the minute the packaging is opened and is waterproof, adhesive and recyclable.

    Winner's Video Interview

    INNOVATION IN DESIGN AND ENGINEERING 

    Sponsored by James & Wells

    Ogo

    WINNER: Ogo Technology - Personal Mobility Device

    The Ogo is a hands-free electric personal all-terrain transport device that enables a person with a walking disability such as paraplegia, spina bifida, or amputation, to use the intuitive movement functions of this unique mobility aid. The Ogo has a patented active seat control system that uses core muscle strength to engage electronic and mechanical action to move the device. The Ogo is practical, robust and stylish. Ogo gives mobility-impaired people greater freedom, independence and options. After many years of development, the Ogo concept was unveiled in 2015 and received very positive responses from the media and the public.

    www.ogotechnology.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended:

    • ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog Modelling Software

    INNOVATION IN EDUCATION, TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

    Sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

    Manaiakalani

    WINNER: Manaiakalani Education Trust - The Manaiakalani Programme

    The Manaiakalani Programme and Outreach involves an innovative digital learning approach and framework, delivering high-end digital learning and citizenship to learners in the lower socio-economic area of Tamaki in Auckland. Integrating parental and community support with professional development for teachers and an innovative design, the Manaiakalani Programme has been independently verified to demonstrate that students are learning at a base rate of 1.5 times the normal NZ learning rate, with increased attendance levels and a sharp improvement in on-task behaviour. Manaiakalani sustainably and demonstrably lifts achievement, and the persistent commitment to evaluation and a design-based approach drives continual improvement.

    www.manaiakalani.org

    Winner's Video Interview 

    Highly Commended:

    • The Mind Lab by Unitec - Postgraduate Programme

    INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

    Sponsored by Paymark

    Simplicity

    WINNER: Simplicity NZ - Simplicity Kiwisaver

    Simplicity has created an online KiwiSaver model that aims to reduce overheads and pass on the cost savings to customers, meaning that they will retire with more funds as the fee savings are reinvested. Simplicity is run by a charitable trust as a not-for-profit model. Only the costs are charged to the KiwiSaver customer. In addition, Simplicity will donate 15% of its management revenue per annum to charity. Online-based, the Simplicity platform has easy switching and aims to revolutionise the KiwiSaver market by giving New Zealanders options that are both financially and socially responsible.

    www.simplicity.kiwi

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended:

    • Snowball Effect

    INNOVATION IN FOOD AND BEVERAGE 

    Sponsored by Plant & Food Research

    Fonterra

    WINNER: Fonterra - GA for Paediatric Nutrition

    Breastfeeding is best for a baby’s brain development, but breastfeeding is not always possible. Breastfed babies have a higher content of a lipid called Gangliosides or GA in their brains, and Fonterra wanted to improve the GA content of infant formula in order to more closely mimic breast milk composition. Clinical research has demonstrated the role that dietary GAs play in infant development. World-leading, independent expert consultants peer-reviewed the research and generated interest in the complex milk lipids developed by Fonterra. The paediatric nutrition category is growing globally and their scientifically substantiated trademarked NuelipidTM formula helps Fonterra access this market. Commercial products based on this innovation programme are being launched in multiple markets under the Fonterra-owned consumer brand Anmum™.

    www.fonterra.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended:

    • Sunfed - Sunfed Meats

    INNOVATION IN HEALTH AND SCIENCE

    Sponsored by Chorus

    Volpara2

    WINNER: Volpara Health Technologies

    Volpara’s software provides volumetric assessment of breast tissue density to assist radiologists when screening for breast cancer. By quantifying the density of breast tissue, the subjective guesswork is removed, making the scanning more effective and using lower doses of radiation than might otherwise be used during the scan. Having information about breast density can also guide options for further imaging and patient-specific radiation doses and compression. Volpara is improving patient experience and clinic efficiency.

    www.volparasolutions.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended:

    • ARANZ Medical - Silhouette & FastSCAN

    INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

    Sponsored by Jade Software

    Aranz

    WINNER: ARANZ Medical - Silhouette & FastSCAN

    Measuring the rate of healing of wounds and ulcers is essential in chronic conditions. ARANZ Medical’s Silhouette scanner is an advanced non-contact wound surveillance system that shows the rate of healing and wound change over a period of time, allowing for better monitoring and patient care. ARANZ Medical has also developed the FastSCAN, a 3D system that helps custom-fit orthotics and prosthetics more comfortably, and accurately, for patients. These patented technologies are already helping patients in thirty-five countries and have been acknowledged by the United Nations.

    www.aranzmedical.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended:

    • Volpara Health Technologies

    INNOVATION IN MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

    Sponsored by Datamine

    Haka

    WINNER: Haka Tours

    Haka Tours targets consumers at various stages of the tourism purchase via social media, using device-friendly entertaining content that has minimal branding and connects emotionally with those with dreams of visiting New Zealand. Our site helps plan tours, and showcases personal video footage of participants through our Tikipici service. The organic shares of such video content extended our marketing and built brand preference and trust. Haka Tours has also become a media and entertainment company with plans to enter the world of Virtual Reality.

    www.hakatours.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended:

    • Heilala Vanilla - Co-branding & Collaborations

    INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MOBILE AND ENTERTAINMENT

    Sponsored by RadioLIVE

    90 seconds 2

    WINNER: 90 Seconds

    90 Seconds is a Cloud Video Production Service providing a marketplace and workflow platform, enabling a global community of creators to obtain high quality, online video content produced anywhere in the world. Brands want video content and this platform connects them with content creators, and manages the relationship online and connects with third party applications such as stock footage, drone shots, translations and Google AdWords. 90 Seconds has also documented its own journey in a web series called ‘Ride the Wave’.

    90seconds.tv

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended:

    • Patternsnap

    • Springfree Trampoline - tgoma

    INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY AND CLEAN-TECH

    Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines

    Litta

    WINNER: Stormwater360 - LittaTrap™

    Storm drains send plastics and other land-based waste into the oceans and waterways, causing environmental damage. Stormwater360 have developed the LittaTrap™ which is a lightweight, low-cost drain insert which retains plastics and large rubbish objects while letting water drain through. The system is self-supporting, easily maintained, and can be emptied by hand, without the need for specialised vehicles. The LittaTrap™ is an accessible product that can be flatpacked for easy transportation. Ideal for public areas such as schools, where educating the next generation about wastewater management is an added benefit.

    www.stormwater360.co.nz

    Winner's Video Interview

    EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

    Sponsored by Regus

    Auror 2

    WINNER: Auror

    Auror is a software platform that allows police and businesses to share information about crime incidents and to work together to identify offenders. It is transforming the way Police and communities prevent and solve crime. Auror streamlines the crime reporting process to reduce barriers to reporting crimes. Once incidents are uploaded, Auror connects the dots to identify links between offenders and vehicles, track theft trends, generate reports on theft activity and allow interactivity between users. Shoplifting and petrol drive-offs cost retailers millions every year but are underreported, allowing such crimes to flourish because their low value does not match the significant time and resources required to investigate each case. Auror has tools such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition to alert police when offenders arrive on-site, increasing the chance of arrest.

    auror.co

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended:

    • CricHQ

    • Linewize

    INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

    Sponsored by Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

    sunfed

    WINNER: Sunfed - Sunfed Meats

    Sunfed® is a high protein food system to make ‘meat’ directly from plants. Using clean technology, proteins are taken from plants and turned into Sunfed Meats® that taste, feel and cook like animal meat, but is a healthier environmentally-friendly option. The meat substitute market is a growing one with lifestyle trends and awareness of animal and human diseases associated with diet. Sunfed® uses proprietary technology to transform short unaligned plant protein fibres into long meaty fibres that have the sensory attributes of meat with the health benefits of plants. Sunfed® aims to bring New Zealand to the forefront of clean, green and sustainable food production.

    www.sunfedfoods.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended:

    • AUT/NZA - New Zealand SKA Alliance Big Data Challenges
    • Avertana - Extracting Value from Industrial Waste

    STARTUP INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR 

    Sponsored by Veda

    Ligar

    WINNER: Ligar - Ligar in the Environment

    Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are designed to capture specific molecules, allowing them to be filtered out of a flow and, if desirable, extracted for reuse. Ligar can manufacture large volumes of MIPs to remove heavy metals, organic pollutants and other molecules from waterways and fluid food and beverages. MIPs can remove substances such as pesticides, heavy metal contaminants, and flavour taints from wine and food oils. It can also extract or

    solate highly valuable molecules from plant extracts. MIPs have existed since the 1970s for identifying molecules but the innovation of large scale production is a game-changer for the food and beverage industries.

    www.ligarpolymers.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended

    • OnSide

    • Wine Grenade

    EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION 

    Sponsored by Yellow

    Manaiakalani

    WINNER: Manaiakalani Education Trust - The Manaiakalani Programme

    The Manaiakalani Programme and Outreach involves an innovative digital learning approach and framework, delivering high-end digital learning and citizenship to learners in the lower socio-economic area of Tamaki in Auckland. Integrating parental and community support with professional development for teachers and an innovative design, the Manaiakalani Programme has been independently verified to demonstrate that students are learning at a base rate of 1.5 times the normal NZ learning rate, with increased attendance levels and a sharp improvement in on-task behaviour. Manaiakalani sustainably and demonstrably lifts achievement, and the persistent commitment to evaluation and a design-based approach drives continual improvement.

    www.manaiakalani.org

    Winner's Video Interview

    Highly Commended

    • Countdown - The Foodbank Project

    • KiwiHarvest

    INNOVATION IN MAORI DEVELOPMENT

    Sponsored by Poutama Trust

    Squiggle

    WINNER: Squiggle - Young Engineers

    The Young Engineers programme teaches young people about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in English, Hindi and Te Reo Māori, using practical activities and theoretical learning to develop problem-solving, creative critical thinking and communication skills. Students also learn that failure, trial and error, are essential to development processes. Squiggle has also launched the Young Animators programme, encouraging 2D and 3D animation skills in young children. Squiggle is removing barriers to learning through language, and by the use of portable container classrooms that make it easier for students to access the programmes.

    www.squiggle.org.nz

    Winner's Video Interview

    EXPORT INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

    Sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

    sungold

    WINNER: Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit

    When the New Zealand kiwifruit industry was decimated by a vine-killing pathogen six years ago, new bacteria-resistant cultivars were immediately developed, utilising resources committed to the crisis by Zespri, Plant and Food Research (PFR), and the government. The resulting Zespri SunGold kiwifruit has been a stunning commercial success, delivering over a billion dollars of sales, and is on target to generate about $40 billion over its Plant Variety Rights (PVR) life. SunGold is popular with consumers around the world, driving up demand, earning premium prices and generating value for growers, and allowing the kiwifruit industry to recover. Zespri has now licensed SunGold to be globally grown to ensure year-round supplies, and continues to invest millions annually into kiwifruit varieties for commercialisation.

    www.zespri.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    SUSTAINED INNOVATION EXCELLENCE

    Sponsored by Sovereign

    sungold

    WINNER: Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit

    When the New Zealand kiwifruit industry was decimated by a vine-killing pathogen six years ago, new bacteria-resistant cultivars were immediately developed, utilising resources committed to the crisis by Zespri, Plant and Food Research (PFR), and the government. The resulting Zespri SunGold kiwifruit has been a stunning commercial success, delivering over a billion dollars of sales, and is on target to generate about $40 billion over its Plant Variety Rights (PVR) life. SunGold is popular with consumers around the world, driving up demand, earning premium prices and generating value for growers, and allowing the kiwifruit industry to recover. Zespri has now licensed SunGold to be globally grown to ensure year-round supplies, and continues to invest millions annually into kiwifruit varieties for commercialisation.

    www.zespri.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 

    Sponsored by 3M

    Jenene

    WINNER: Jenene Crossan - Flossie.com

    Jenene has over twenty-one years’ experience in the digital arena and has founded a number of well-known digital brands. She is constantly creating, inventing, failing, learning and investing in new ideas and progress. Jenene has worked in project management and web development from a young age, launching a number of online social magazines, often with a focus on women. Jenene believes progress comes from insight, curiosity and listening to

    customer experiences. Her track record has attracted major investors over the years and she continues to develop new digital projects such as ‘Flossie’. Jenene’s core belief is that innovation comes from people who are comfortable with change and their own vulnerability, who have a willingness to be wrong and do things differently, and who ‘just keep on starting’.

    www.jenenecrossan.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR 

    Sponsored by MOTAT

    Jamie Beaton

    WINNER: Jamie Beaton - Crimson Education

    Jamie Beaton is an evangelist for data-driven self-improvement and his educational model relies on tutoring from experts in their field, and mentoring students towards lofty educational goals. Acquiring Angel investor capital of NZD$1.4 million to launch, Crimson Education has already returned that investment twenty-fold, as the company expands and attracts heavy investment from the USA. Jamie believes in getting your education from the ‘best tutor available’ instead of taking chances with the teacher at your local school. Learning outside the classroom meant Jamie could learn five times faster. His results-driven methodology is appealing to students, parents and investors. Jamie is about to complete two concurrent degrees at Harvard and is working towards a Master’s Degree in Applied Financial Mathematics. He is a driven, energetic negotiator and likes to make things happen.

    www.crimsoneducation.com

    Winner's Video Interview

    PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 

    Sponsored by Idealog

    ASB

    WINNER: ASB Bank - ASB Clever Kash

    In an increasingly cashless society, parents find it harder to teach their children about money and savings. The ASB’s Innovation Lab and Marketing, and its partners, collaborated on the Clever Kash cashless moneybox that lets parents give children pocket money without the need for cash. This connects kids to their savings through interactivity as children ‘swipe’ virtual notes and coins into their savings account with the Clever Kash app. Clever Kash embodies the ASB vision of innovation, technology, marketing, respect for our heritage and delivering a competitive advantage.

    www.cleverkash.asb.co.nz

    Runner Up: Pop-Up Globe

    2nd Runner Up: Educa

    FINALISTS 2016

    We would like to congratulate the finalists for the New Zealand Innovation Awards!

    For those of you that want to shout about your achievements you can access the official Press Release here. Congratulations and we look forward to meeting you all at the Awards Event.

    The 2016 New Zealand Innovation Awards finalists are:

    INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & ENVIRONMENT - Sponsored by KPMG

    Encounter Solutions - Celium - Auckland 
    Farmshed Lab - Flashmate - Waikato 
    Fieldmaster - Hovertractor to Mow Mangrove Seedlings - Auckland 
    Liquidstrip - LIQUIDSTRIP - Auckland 
    OnSide Ltd - Canterbury 
    Robotics Plus Limited - Robotic Apple Packer - Bay of Plenty 
    Spring Sheep Milk Co. - Spring Sheep Milk Co. - Auckland 
    Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit - Bay of Plenty 

    INNOVATION IN DESIGN & ENGINEERING - Sponsored by James & Wells

    ARANZ Geo Limited- Leapfrog Modelling software - Canterbury
    AuCom Electronics Ltd - EMX4 Soft Starter - Canterbury 
    AUT/NZA - New Zealand SKA Alliance Big Data Challenges - Auckland 
    DairyFlo - Soft plastic milking liners - Hawke's Bay 
    Howick Limited - Automated Steel Framing Machines - Auckland 
    Ogo Technology Ltd - Personal Mobility Device - Wellington
    Robotics Plus - Robotic Apple Packer - Bay of Plenty 
    Wine Grenade - Auckland 

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

    Crimson Consulting - Auckland 
    Educa Limited - Wellington 
    High Performance Sport New Zealand - Goldmine - Auckland 
    Linewize Ltd - Canterbury 
    Manaiakalani Education Trust - The Manaiakalani Programme - Auckland 
    Open Polytechnic - iQualify - Wellington
    The Mind Lab by Unitec - Postgraduate Programme - Auckland 
    Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School - Ruku Ao - Wellington
    Virtual Medical Coaching Ltd - Virtual Reality Simulation - Canterbury 

    INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES - Sponsored by Paymark

    ASB - Clever Kash - Auckland 
    Figured Ltd - Auckland 
    Fuel50 - CareerPathing - Auckland 
    Pushpay Holdings Limited - Auckland 
    Quotient - Waikato 
    Ranqx Limited - Auckland 
    Simplicity NZ Ltd - Simplicity KiwiSaver - Auckland 
    The Snowball Effect - Auckland 
    Vault IQ NZ Ltd - Vault IQ Global - Canterbury 

    INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SCIENCE - Sponsored by Chorus

    ARANZ Medical Limited - Silhouette & FastSCAN - Canterbury 
    Caldera Health - Urine Prostate Cancer Diagnostic test - Auckland 
    Fonterra - GA for paediatric nutrition - Manawatu/Wanganui 
    Forest Herbs Research Ltd - Kolorex Horopito - Natural Antifungal - Malborough, Nelson, Tasman Bay 
    Ogo Technology Ltd - Personal Mobility Device - Wellington
    Sush Mobile - NZ Blood Service Donor App - Auckland 
    Synthase Biotech Ltd - Waikato 
    Thought-Wired - Thought-Wired nous™ - Auckland 
    Volpara Health Technologies Limited - Wellington 

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

    Countdown - The Foodbank Project - Auckland 
    Fonterra - GA for paediatric nutrition - Manawatu/Wanganui 
    Heilala Vanilla - anything but Plain! - Bay of Plenty 
    Ligar - Ligar in F & B - Waikato 
    Spring Sheep Milk Co. - Auckland 
    Sunfed Ltd - Sunfed Meats - Auckland 
    WineFriend - Auckland 
    Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit - Bay of Plenty

    INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS - Sponsored by Jade Software Corporation

    ARANZ Medical Limited - Silhouette & FastSCAN - Canterbury
    Auror - Auckland 
    AUT/NZA- New Zealand SKA Alliance Big Data Challenges - Auckland 
    Bluelab Corporation Ltd - Bay of Plenty 
    CricHQ - Wellington
    Linewize Ltd  - Canterbury 
    NZ Bus - Fleet future-proofing -Wellington/Auckland
    OnSide Ltd - Canterbury 
    Pushpay Holdings Limited - Auckland 
    Volpara Health Technologies Limited - Wellington

    INNOVATION IN MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS - Sponsored by Datamine

    Banqer - Canterbury 
    Bluelab Corporation Ltd - Bay of Plenty 
    Haka Tours - Auckland 
    Heilala Vanilla - Co-branding and Collaborations - Bay of Plenty 
    MBIE Result 9 Better for Business - R9 Accelerator - Wellington 
    Patternsnap, Malborough, Nelson, Tasman Bay 
    Pop-up Globe - Auckland 
    Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit - Bay of Plenty 

    INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MOBILE & ENTERTAINMENT - Sponsored by MediaWorks

    90 Seconds - Auckland
    ASB - Clever Kash - Auckland
    Flossie.com Ltd - Auckland 
    Patternsnap - Malborough, Nelson, Tasman Bay 
    Pop-up Globe - Auckland 
    Spark Ventures - Auckland 
    Springfree Trampoline - tgoma - Canterbury 
    Te Ipukarea - Te Aka Dictionary & Te Reo Maori app & Tamata Toiere e-repository of waiata and haka - Auckland 

    INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY & CLEAN-TECH - Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines

    Flick Electric Co. - Wellington
    FoundationFootprint - Sustainability Reporting - Auckland 
    Ligar - Ligar in the Environment - Waikato 
    Method Recycling - Station - Wellington
    NANOARC - Transparent Energy Interface - Auckland 
    Regen NZ Ltd - Water & Effluent Irrigation Scheduling Service - Wellington
    Scion - Bioadhesives - Bay of Plenty 
    Stormwater360 - LittaTrap™ - Auckland 

    INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH - Sponsored by Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

    AUT/NZA - New Zealand SKA Alliance Big Data Challenges - Auckland 
    Avertana - Extracting Value from Industrial Waste - Auckland 
    GEO AR Games - Sharks in the Park - Auckland 
    NZ Bus - Fleet future-proofing - Wellington/Auckland 
    Robotics Plus - Robotic Apple Packer - Bay of Plenty 
    Sunfed Ltd - Sunfed Meats - Auckland 

    START-UP INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Veda

    Dexibit - Mission in musedata - Auckland 
    InsuredHQ Limited - Auckland 
    Ligar - Ligar in the Environment - Waikato 
    Ligar - Ligar in F & B - Waikato 
    Manukee - UMF Manuka Honey Drinks - Bay of Plenty 
    OnSide Ltd - Canterbury 
    Postr Media Limited - Postr Lock Screen - Wellington
    Sabre Tactical Limited - MAKO Tactical K-9 Harness - Waikato 
    Wine Grenade - Auckland 

    EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR - Sponsored by Regus

    Auror - Auckland 
    CricHQ - Wellington
    Koordinates - Wellington 
    Linewize Ltd - Canterbury 
    Method Recycling - Station - Wellington 
    Quotient - Waikato 
    Sidekicker - Auckland 
    The Snowball Effect - Auckland 

    SUSTAINED INNOVATION EXCELLENCE - Sponsored by Sovereign

    ARANZ Geo Limited - Leapfrog Modelling software - Canterbury
    ARANZ Medical Limited - Silhouette & FastSCAN - Canterbury
    Spark Ventures - Auckland 
    Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit - Bay of Plenty 

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

    90 Seconds - Auckland
    ARANZ Medical Limited - Silhouette & FastSCAN - Auckland 
    Fonterra - GA for paediatric nutrition - Manawatu/Wanaganui 
    Linewize Ltd - Canterbury 
    Volpara Health Technologies Limited - Wellington
    Wine Grenade - Auckland 
    Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit - Bay of Plenty 

    EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION - Sponsored by Yellow

    Banqer - Canterbury 
    Countdown - The Foodbank Project - Auckland 
    High Performance Sport New Zealand - Goldmine - Auckland 
    KiwiHarvest - Auckland 
    Manaiakalani Education Trust - The Manaiakalani Programme - Auckland 
    The Mind Lab by Unitec - Postgraduate Programme - Auckland
    Thought-Wired - Thought-Wired nous™ - Auckland 

    INNOVATION IN MAORI DEVELOPMENT - Sponsored by Poutama Trust

    Kidscoin Ltd - Auckland 
    Manaiakalani Education Trust - The Manaiakalani Programme - Auckland 
    Ngati Rangi Trust - Ruapehu Whanau Transformation Plan - Manawatu/Wanganui 
    Squiggle Ltd - Young Engineers - Waikato 
    Te Ipukarea - Te Aka Dictionary & Te Reo Maori app & Tamata Toiere e-repository of waiata and haka - Auckland 
    Te Whare Hukahuka - Enabling Maori Leaders - Auckland 

    MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL - Sponsored by 3M

    Jamie Beaton - Crimson Consulting - Auckland 
    Jenene Crossan - Flossie.com - Auckland 
    Lillian Grace - Figure.NZ - Auckland 
    Russell Burt - Manaiakalani Education Trust - Auckland 

    YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR - Sponsored by MOTAT

    Alejandro Davila - Conical (VR Studio) / Colab - Auckland 
    Alistair Scarfe - Robotics Plus - Bay of Plenty 
    Jamie Beaton - Crimson Consulting - Auckland 
    Katherine Holt – Massey University - Manawatu/Wanganui 
    Kerman Kohli - The App Shop - Auckland 
    Ross McCarthy - Airwave Ltd - Otago 

    BAYER SUPREME NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR - Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

    Will be announced on the 20th October at the NZ Innovation Awards event

    THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - Sponsored by Idealog

    All finalists - public voting open from the 15 September to the 30 September 2016 at www.innovationawards.org.nz

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    AWARDS EVENT 2016

    What a night! 700 guests and innovators celebrated the country's top innovations, organisations and teams. Our 21 winners (and all the finalists!) are leading their industries with world changing ideas.

    We're pleased to announce the Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation for 2016 is ARANZ Medical with FastScan and Silhouette. ARANZ Medical's Silhouette scanner is an advanced non-contact wound surveillance system that shows the rate of healing and change over time, allowing for better monitoring and patient care. ARANZ Medical have also developed FastSCAN, a 3D system that helps custom-fit orthotics and prosthetics more comfortably, and accurately, for patients. These patented technologies are already helping patients in thirty five countries and have been acknowledged by the United Nations. 

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    Special thanks goes to Hon Steven Joyce, Derek Bartlett (Managing Director at Bayer Australia and New Zealand), Idealog, the New Zealand Innovation Council and all our wonderful partners and sponsors that inspire us and make these Awards such a great celebration of everyday kiwis doing world changing things.

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    WINNERS 2015

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 NZ Innovators Awards. See the full list of winners below and media release here.

     

    SUPREME NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

    Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

    This award is presented by Bayer New Zealand to the best overall entry.

    WINNER: Kode Biotech with Kode Technology Anti Cancer Treatment

     

    Kode Biotech has been focused on the development of cell surface membrane modification technology in the fight against tumours. Synthetic animal antigens are used to modify the cancer cell surface membrane and encourage the body’s natural immune response to attack the cancer tumour cells. Kode Biotech’s lipid technology will be used in Agalimmune’s clinical human trials of their cancer immunotherapy molecules in 2016.

    www.kodebiotech.com

     

    INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & ENVIRONMENT

    Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

    WINNER: fibre-gen - HITMAN PH330 

    The Hitman PH330 is an acoustic tool that sonically tests the tensile strength of a tree before harvest, allowing the tree to be segregated into construction strength timber, and timber for other uses. This tool reduces waste and saves money in the timber industry.

    Website - www.fibre-gen.com   

    Winner's Video Interview - fibre-gen with HITMAN PH330

     

    INNOVATION IN DESIGN AND ENGINEERING 

    Sponsored by James and Wells

    WINNER: Methven – AurajetTM Shower Spray Technology 

    Domestically, a quarter of water consumption is used in showering. Methven has developed Aurajet™ - a halo-shaped shower head with spray technology that causes jets of water to collide, creating 20% more spray force and twice the amount of water on skin contact of a normal shower, without using any extra water.

    Website - www.methven.com/nz

    Winner's Video Interview - Methven

     

    INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

    Sponsored by Paymark

    WINNER: Harmoney – Peer To Peer Marketplace 

    Harmoney is one of New Zealand’s first peer-to-peer money marketplaces, bringing people looking to borrow money together with people looking to lend it. The online platform offers fast, easy, and transparent lending and investment options. Harmoney’s unique loan Fractionalisation allows investors to spread their investment over a large number of loans, further reducing their risk or exposure to any one borrower.

    Website - www.harmoney.co.nz 

    Winner's Video Interview - Harmoney

    Highly Commended:

    • Semble 
    • ShipIT 

     

    INNOVATION IN FOOD AND BEVERAGE 

    Sponsored by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED)

    WINNER: Genevieve’s – Long Shelflife Pates 

    Dedicated to additive-free foods, Genevieve’s have spent years perfecting recipes and heat preserving methods that create tasty, long shelf-life pates with no preservatives. Previously, products only lasted three weeks, or had to be canned. The recipes, cooking, and preserving methods used by Genevieve’s have created a safer, more nutritional food product with a longer shelf-life for retailers.

    Website - http://www.genevievescuisine.com/ 

    Winner's Video Interview - Genevieve's

    Highly Commended:

    • BBC Technologies - CURO

     

    INNOVATION IN HEALTH AND SCIENCE

    Sponsored by Chorus

    WINNER: Kode Biotech – Kode Technology Anti-Cancer Treatment

    Kode Biotech has been focused on the development of cell surface membrane modification technology in the fight against tumours. Synthetic animal antigens are used to modify the cancer cell surface membrane and encourage the body’s natural immune response to attack the cancer tumour cells. Kode Biotech’s lipid technology will be used in Agalimmune’s clinical human trials of their cancer immunotherapy molecules in 2016.

    Website - www.kodebiotech.com

    Highly Commended:

    • OpthalmicDocs - oDocs Eye Care

     

    INNOVATION IN INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND CLOUD SOLUTIONS

    Sponsored by Alcatel Lucent

    WINNER: Kami

    Kami (formerly Notable PDF) is an all-in-one online office suite developed to improve document workflow and to allow editing, annotating and collaborating on a wide range of documents such as PDFs and Microsoft Office. With the rapid uptake of Chromebooks as schools around the world move to paperless environments, Kami allows users to interact online with documents created in a variety of formats.

    Website - www.kamihq.com

    Winner's Video Interview - Kami V3

    Highly Commended:

    • VMob - Intelligent Personalisation Platform

     

    INNOVATION IN MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

    Sponsored by Datamine

    WINNER: Karma Cola 

    All Good Organics built a Fair-trade relationship with Cola Nut farmers in Sierra Leone to develop a fair-trade Cola soft drink product from the Cola Nut - Karma Cola. The Karma Cola Foundation’s integrity and socially responsible business model ensures that proceeds return to Sierra Leone to build independence and sustainability for cola farmers.

    Website - www.karmacola.co.nz 

    Winner's Video Interview - Karma Cola

     

    INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

    Sponsored by RadioLIVE

    WINNER: 8i

    8i media technology and software allows anyone to convert standard digital video into 3D quickly and inexpensively. Augmented and Virtual Reality are the future of gaming, films and marketing, but such systems often use a single perspective, while 8i allows greater interaction with highly realistic 3D digital characters on a wide range of devices.

    Website - www.8i.com

    Winner's Video Interview - 8i

    Highly Commended:

    • Holmes Solutions - Revolutionising Adventure Recreation 

    • Clip ‘N’ Climb 

     

    INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY AND CLEANTECH

    Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines

    WINNER: Terax 2013 – Waste Conversion Technology 

    Urban bio-waste is difficult and expensive to dispose of due to environmental and contamination issues. Terax’s waste conversion technology treats bio-waste as a recyclable resource. The cost-saving process reduces the wastewater, eliminates organic solids, sterilises them, and recovers useful components such as nitrogen and carbon for recycling.

    Website - www.terax.co.nz 

    Winner's Video Interview - Terax

     

    EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

    Sponsored by Tangible Media

    WINNER: Weirdly 

    Weirdly has developed a product that helps companies recruit new team members based on how likely they are to love your business. It filters applicants based on core brand values, cultural fit and fulfilment. It is cheaper, and simpler, than traditional recruitment agencies and delivers a team who has a great fit with your organisational culture giving you a competitive advantage when attracting top talent.

    Website - www.weirdlyhub.com 

    Winner's Video Interview - Weirdly 

     

    INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

    Sponsored by 3M

    WINNER: Fonterra Research and Development Centre – Milk Fingerprinting 

    The quality of milk can vary from farm to farm due to weather and seasons. Fonterra’s world-first Milk Fingerprinting is new analytical technology that can rapidly measure milk samples and gather a unique fingerprint that can be used to cost-effectively guide tanker scheduling, milk processing decisions, and enable Fonterra to extract the maximum value from dairy farmers’ milk products.

    Website - www.fonterra.com 

    Winner's Video Interview - Fonterra Research and Development Centre

    Highly Commended:

    • Tiro Lifesciences - Zero Radiation Breast Screening 

     

    EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION 

    Sponsored by Yellow

    WINNER: Eat My Lunch 

    Eat My Lunch is a social enterprise that has launched as a response to knowing that 1 in 4 children right here in New Zealand live in poverty and go without lunch every day. Customers go online to buy a nutritious lunch for themselves and a healthy lunch for a needy kid at the same time, on the principle of Buy One, Give One.

    Website - www.eatmylunch.nz

    Winner's Video Interview - Eat My Lunch 

    Highly Commended

    • University of Auckland - SPARX - Auckland

     

    EXPORT INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

    Sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

    WINNER: Methven – AurajetTM Shower Spray Technology 

    Domestically, a quarter of water consumption is used in showering. Methven has developed Aurajet™ - a halo-shaped shower head with spray technology that causes jets of water to collide, creating 20% more spray force and twice the amount of water on skin contact of a normal shower, without using any extra water.

    Website - www.methven.com/nz

    Winner's Video Interview - Methven

    Highly Commended:

    • All Good Organics - Karma Cola

     

    MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 

    Sponsored by Real TV

    WINNER: Glenn Martin – Founder Martin Jetpack 

    Glenn Martin is the founder and former Director of Martin Jetpack. Science fiction created the futuristic concept of a jetpack more than 70 years ago, but engineering reality has only recently caught up. After spending 34 years inventing his jetpack, Martin has recently exited the company, which will release the first commercially available jetpack next year. The future has arrived, and the Martin Jetpack is a Kiwi innovation and engineering success.

    Website - www.martinjetpack.com 

    Winner's Video Interview - Martin Jetpack

     

    SUSTAINED INNOVATION EXCELLENCE

    Sponsored by New Zealand Innovation Council

    WINNER: Scott Technology 

    Scott Technology is widely recognised as a world-class innovator of advanced automation systems for meat processing, mining and the superconductor industries. From its original beginnings in 1913 and through many transformations it is now operating in 75 countries with a global team of 362 people. Scott Technology holds innovation at its core and has been committed to growth and innovation for more than 100 years.

    Website - www.scott.co.nz

    Winner's Video Interview - Scott Technology

     

    YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR 

    Sponsored by Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

    WINNER: Auror Leadership Team – Auror Limited 

    Theft costs our businesses $2million per day, however most are low value items and go unreported due to the cost and labour to report and follow up with police. The leadership team at Auror – Phil Thomson (CEO), Tom Batterbury (head of product), James Choi (CTO), and J’aime Laurenson (head of user experience) – have come up with a platform to help businesses report crimes easily and quickly, connecting them with police, and letting them exchange information and alert other businesses in the area.

    Website - www.auror.co 

    Winner's Video Interview - Auror

    Highly Commended:

    • Alistar Scarfe - Robotics Plus

     

    THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 

    Sponsored by Idealog

    WINNER: OpthalmicDocs – oDocs Eye Care

    Emergency eye care diagnosis can be slow, unresponsive and expensive. oDocs has created a portable eye care kit that uses a 3D printer and a smartphone to create ocular imaging adaptors that take pictures of the eye and retina. The app sends medical information and eye images to the nearest available ophthalmologist, anywhere in the world, for fast diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

    Website - www.ophthalmicdocs.com 

    Winner's Video Interview - OpthalmicDocs

     

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