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From the humble paperclip to building rockets to feeding hungry kids to cola with a conscience. Kiwis have innovation in their bones and it's time to recognise and celebrate innovation in all of its forms - whether it be a product, service, process or business - the New Zealand Innovation Awards help people with their crazy-great ideas and innovations. These awards were created to give smart, innovative NZ individuals and businesses a platform to be recognised and celebrate. So... now it's your turn! You could be a one-man band, a company of a few or a large corporate - tell us how YOUR innovation changes our world.

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Kiwis have innovation in their bones and the NZ Innovation Awards are back to recognise and celebrate innovation in all of its forms - product, service, process or business. You could be a one-man band, a company of a few or a large corporate - tell us how YOUR innovation changes our world. Enter now! http://bit.ly/Enter2017

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Before you begin, have you read the Preparing for Entry page? It could you a lot of time (and, quite frankly, a few tears). Once you have completed your entry, follow the instructions on the screen to confirm and then pay for your entry via credit card (each entry is $75.00 + GST). You will be send a GST tax invoice by email to confirm your payment. Any problems with your entry, get in touch: 0800 2 INNOVATE (0800 2 46668) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We created these awards to give smart, innovative NZ individuals and businesses a platform to be recognised and celebrated.
From the humble paperclip to building rockets, innovation changes our world.
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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

WINNER: ARANZ Medical - Silhouette & FastSCAN

Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

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.

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INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & ENVIRONMENT

WINNER: Farmshed Labs - Flashmate

Sponsored by KPMG

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.

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INNOVATION IN DESIGN & ENGINEERING

WINNER: Ogo Technology - Personal Mobility Device

Sponsored by James & Wells

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.

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Highly Commended: ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog Modelling Software

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

WINNER: Manaiakalani Education Trust - The Manaiakalani Programme

Sponsored by Chartered Accountants Association Australia and New Zealand

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.

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Highly Commended: The Mind Lab by Unitec - Postgraduate Programme

INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

WINNER: Simplicity NZ - Simplicity Kiwisaver

Sponsored by Paymark

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.

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Highly Commended: Snowball Effect

INNOVATION IN FOOD & BEVERAGE

WINNER: Fonterra - GA for Paediatric Nutrition

Sponsored by Plant & Food Research

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™.

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Highly Commended: Sunfed- Sunfed Meats

INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SCIENCE

WINNER: Volpara Health Technologies

Sponsored by Chorus

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.

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Highly Commended: ARANZ Medical - Silhouette & FastSCAN

INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

WINNER: ARANZ Medical - Silhouette & FastSCAN

Sponsored by Jade Software

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.

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Highly Commended: Volpara Health Technologies

INNOVATION IN MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

WINNER: Haka Tours

Sponsored by Datamine

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.

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Highly Commended: Heilala Vanilla - Co-branding & Collaborations

INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MOBILE & ENTERTAINMENT

WINNER: 90 Seconds

Sponsored by RadioLIVE

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’.

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Highly Commended: Patternsnap

Highly Commended: Springfree Trampoline - tgoma

INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY & CLEANTECH

WINNER: Stormwater360 - LittaTrap™

Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines

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.

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EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

WINNER: Auror

Sponsored by Regus

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.

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Highly Commended: CricHQ

Highly Commended: Linewize

INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

WINNER: Sunfed - Sunfed Meats

Sponsored by Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

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.

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Highly Commended: AUT/NZA - New Zealand SKA Alliance Big Data Challenges

Highly Commended: Avertana - Extracting Value from Industrial Waste

STARTUP INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Ligar - Ligar in the Environment

Sponsored by Veda

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 isolate 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.

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Highly Commended: OnSide

Highly Commended: Wine Grenade

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION

WINNER: Manaiakalani Education Trust - The Manaiakalani Programme

Sponsored by Yellow

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.

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Highly Commended: Countdown - The Foodbank Project

Highly Commended: KiwiHarvest

INNOVATION IN MAORI DEVELOPMENT

WINNER: Squiggle - Young Engineers

Sponsored by Poutama Trust

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.

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EXPORT INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit

Sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

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.

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SUSTAINED INNOVATION EXCELLENCE

WINNER: Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit

Sponsored by Sovereign

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.

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MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL

WINNER: Jenene Crossan - Flossie.com

Sponsored by 3M

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’.

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YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

WINNER: Jamie Beaton - Crimson Education

Sponsored by Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

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.

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

WINNER: Clever Kash - ASB

Sponsored by Idealog

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.

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Runner Up: Pop-Up Globe

2nd Runner Up: Educa


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