We’re not ones to judge – instead, we prefer to evaluate… Below is how we go about it. Here’s what happens to your entry or entries once you push “send”. 

    Step one: ASSESS

    Your submission will be given to our expert evaluation panel who will assess it against the EVALUATION CRITERIA. Each entry will be evaluated by a minimum of 3 evaluators: two specialists in your entry category and one with 'fresh eyes'.


    Step two: AGGREGATE

    Results from each evaluator's assessment will be aggregated to produce an overall score for your submission. All submissions are then ranked.


    Step three: MODERATE

    Entries are moderated by the evaluation panel in two moderation sessions to determine finalists and winners. Due diligence will be carried out on each finalist and winner to verify their entry prior to announcement.


    Step four: ANNOUNCE

    Finalists announced will be ahead of the Awards online at www.innovationawards.org.nz. All entrants, regardless of their ranking, are invited to attend the New Zealand Innovation Awards event to celebrate and mix with New Zealand’s top innovators, investors and entrepreneurs. In addition, feedback on your entry will be provided by the evaluation panel and sent to you following the Awards event.