Our sponsors have a genuine desire and passion for innovation and a collective ambition to make New Zealand a more innovative place.

Many have supported and sponsored the NZ Innovation Awards since they were first established in 2011 and we've been delighted to welcome some newbies on board for 2017. Without their support and encouragement we wouldn’t be able to celebrate and recognise how Kiwis are changing our world through innovation, so remember to give them a big THANK YOU if you bump into them.

To our kind sponsors and supporters: a humble thank you for your on-going support of innovation and commercialisation in New Zealand. We deeply appreciate it.


NZ Innovation Council

NZ Innovation Council is an organisation with a social purpose: to help businesses connect, innovate and grow.

The NZ Innovation Council provides a supportive eco-system for Kiwi companies needing a positive and helpful business community. This online network connects businesses with the resources and organisations they need to develop and grow. It is a free service and incorporates forums, events, nationwide access to experts, investors and resources.

As an entrant in the NZ Innovators Awards, you will automatically become a member of the NZ Innovation Council so you can connect to innovators everywhere. See more about the NZ Innovation Council or call us now on 0800 2 INNOVATE (0800 2 46668).

Bayer New Zealand

Bayer New Zealand is part of an international, German research-based group exclusively focused on Life Sciences and solving the major challenges of the future – from Pharmaceuticals through Consumer Health and Animal Health to Crop Science. No comparable company is in a similar position to offer solutions for both health care and agriculture. We see innovation as key to business success and with this in mind invest more than 5 billion euro a year in research and development. In New Zealand, our innovation efforts are focused on animal health and agriculture. We have an Auckland-based APAC Regional Development Centre working on Animal Health projects for the world, as well as an animal health manufacturing plant at Manukau.

Bayer was the company that initially set up a national innovation awards scheme in 2007 aimed at recognising New Zealand innovators (Bayer Innovators Awards). It has since evolved into the New Zealand Innovation Awards of which Bayer is the foundation sponsor. In line with its mission statement Bayer: Science For A Better Life, the company has created several educational, environmental and social programs aimed at helping New Zealanders.


    In the ideas business.

    Idealog is a business magazine unlike any other. It has been awarded the Business Magazine of the Year* every year since 2007, and is a comprehensive guide on how to prosper in the modern 'creative' economy—where wealth is created from ideas. Idealog is both a source of New Zealand's best business ideas and a rallying point and inspiration to New Zealand's smartest business thinkers, entrepreneurs and creative professionals. Our audience is diverse, ranging across the front lines of innovation from design and marketing to the arts, technology and sciences. As the importance of the creative economy grows, so too does the importance of supporting the network of people who create intellectual capital.

    Idealog is:
    • Informing
    • Inspiring
    • Cross-pollinating
    • Connecting
    Idealog will introduce you to people with ideas, people who fund ideas and people who understand what it is to develop ideas that shake the world.

    Innovation Fund powered by Westpac & All of Government

    The Innovation as a Service proposition was born out of the government banking tender process, and is a joint partnership between Westpac NZ and the New Zealand Government. The innovation fund is delighted to become a foundational partner and to help support the NZ Innovation Council/awards. The IaaS fund is all about helping to drive innovation outcomes in government so that New Zealanders can interact more easily with them and in turn and grow and thrive. We see this new partnership as a fantastic way to connect and collaborate with great New Zealand companies, institutions and individuals driving innovative outcomes that will shape our future.


    3M ANZ

    3M is a science based, global organization with local subsidiary in New Zealand. For more than a century, innovation has been the hallmark of 3M’s growth, reflecting a culture of shared ideas and technology. Applying innovative technology across a global company as diversified as 3M presents not only great opportunity, but also substantial challenge. As a company with more than 85,000 employees and operations in more than 60 countries worldwide, new developments are happening every day. That’s why communication plays as important a role as technical skill – enabling innovation to flourish without boundaries. 3M Innovation enables 3M to continuously deliver practical and ingenious solutions to everyday problems around the world on a daily basis.

    “Innovation is more than just a bright idea; it is an idea that gets implemented and has a real impact. In other words, somebody has to make it happen.” — Ernest Gundling, Author, The 3M Way to Innovation: Balancing People and Profit.

      Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

      Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is made up of over 117,000 diverse, talented and financially astute professionals who utilise their skills every day to make a difference for businesses the world over.

      Members are known for their professional integrity, principled judgement, financial discipline and a forward-looking approach to business which impacts on the prosperity of our nation. We focus on the education and lifelong learning of members, and engage in advocacy and thought leadership in areas that impact the economy and domestic and international markets.

      We are a member of the International Federation of Accountants, and are connected globally through the 800,000-strong Global Accounting Alliance and Chartered Accountants Worldwide which brings together leading Institutes in Australia, England and Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and South Africa to support and promote over 320,000 Chartered Accountants in more than 180 countries.


      Chorus is New Zealand’s largest telecommunications infrastructure company. We’re bringing New Zealand better broadband by rolling out one of the most ambitious fibre optic networks in the world - delivering ultra-fast broadband (UFB) services to more than 830,000 homes, schools, hospitals and businesses across the country. Our new fibre network is helping to power innovation by providing more opportunities for New Zealanders to explore, build and connect online.


      At Equifax innovation is about embracing technologies and solutions that leverage global capabilities and help customers make more informed decisions.

      Maintaining an edge in a rapidly changing world is critical to a company’s ongoing success. This is why we support and encourage Kiwi innovators, businesses who take the lead in ways previously not considered.

      Jade Software

      At Jade Software, we thrive on innovation. It’s our culture, our history, and it’s what we do every day. Since 1978, we’ve been bringing new ideas to life in healthcare, education, HR and crime-fighting. Today we’re everywhere from logistics to energy. We collaborate with customers all around the world to find new ways to connect people, engage customers, and enable digital business transformation through the design, build and support of innovative software. With over 280 passionate people around the world, we deliver expert consulting and advice, software development, data integration, and innovative digital solutions.

      James & Wells

      James & Wells champion innovation and the people who create it. Why are we so passionate? Well, it’s sad but true, historically Kiwis haven’t made the most of their great ideas. Maybe because most people don’t realise that 80% of the value of their business is in intangible assets.
      This is why we have focused our firm on helping our clients make the most of these valuable assets.

      So yes, we’re intellectual property experts, but we are also business strategists, scientists, engineers, accountants, lawyers and commercialisation specialists. We’re all committed to the same goal – making sure Kiwi innovation makes it big on the world stage.


      KPMG provide advice and expertise to help business growth and innovation initiatives. Our Private Enterprise experts understand what it takes for small and medium-sized companies to be successful at each stage of the business cycle, whether it is to grow, expand internationally, strengthen or to exit a business.

      Passion, it’s what drives entrepreneurs, family businesses and fast-growing companies alike. It’s also what inspires KPMG to drive business growth and innovation initiatives that assist kiwi companies grow and scale to their potential, and help fuel New Zealand’s prosperity.

        Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

        The Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland is creating a place where the stories of Kiwi innovators are brought to life through hands-on, interactive experiences. The Museum’s vision is to use New Zealand’s heritage, kiwi ingenuity, transport, technology and the associated stories in a creative way to educate and inspire the innovators of tomorrow.

        MOTAT is particularly proud of its most recent installation, The Innovators. This exhibition celebrates not only the achievements but the entire process of innovation, from conceptualisation to creation and explores the learnings from setbacks overcome along the way. Here visitors will gain a unique insight into the personal attributes and thought processes of ordinary Kiwis who have achieved extraordinary feats. Innovators sharing their stories and hard-won wisdom include Peter Beck from Rocket Lab, Rod Drury from Xero, Ian Taylor from Animation Research Limited, Frances Valintine from The Mind Lab by Unitec and Dr Keith Alexander from Springfree Trampoline.

        New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)

        New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is New Zealand's international business development agency. We help New Zealand businesses grow bigger, better, faster in international markets.
        Our programmes and services are designed to support businesses to grow and succeed internationally and are focused primarily on refining strategy, improving performance, building global networks, and in-market support for business development.

        NZTE's strategy supports the Government's Business Growth Agenda which creates conditions that encourage successful businesses to grow globally.

          NZ Story

          The NZ Story Group has been set up to enhance New Zealand’s reputation beyond natural beauty.

          In a competitive global economy, reputation matters. And it’s important for a country like ours, with an economy that relies on the strengths of its exports, to continue to grow and diversify. The more we can do to ensure that we’re all telling a broad, compelling and aspirational story about NZ, that is grounded in our values and resonates with the world, the greater chance we have of attracting people to all that we offer - whether it be to visit, study here, live here, or do business with people here.

          Put quite simply, we need to make New Zealand famous for more good things.

          At a practical level, the NZ Story Group creates and curates content that arms NZ exporters, the Government and its agencies with the tools, skills, and knowledge to communicate more consistent and compelling stories about New Zealand to shift perceptions, open doors and grow opportunities. The NZ Story Group is also responsible for the protection of our national symbol, the FernMark, and operates the FernMark Licence Programme.

          Plant & Food Research

          Plant & Food Research are a New Zealand science company delivering research and development designed to grow competitive advantage in export markets for clients in horticulture, seafood, associated premium foods, wine, and cropping. Through our integrated structure, we deliver to industry ‘the science of premium’, helping industries to add value and to differentiate their product offerings, to move up the value chain from commodity products to consumer-targeted premium brands.

          Plant & Food Research champions innovation in all its forms, from new scientific discoveries through to the creative application of IP and novel means of adapting existing technology. We’re proud to be providing a platform of science from which innovators and entrepreneurs can build from.


          RadioLIVE delivers a new style of fresh and innovative talk radio, with the latest news and comment, they are proud to support kiwi companies in New Zealand and bring them profile, publicity and great talk radio.


          Flexible workspaces for innovative companies

          Regus is a global company based in Luxembourg that provides workspace to some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses. We support New Zealand’s innovators with flexible, affordable workspace solutions that help businesses grow and place them close to their customers.

          Regus offers a full suite of workspace facilities including traditional offices, meeting rooms, business lounges and virtual offices. Our Businessworld membership service helps New Zealand companies go global, by giving them access to more than 3000 Regus facilities in over 100 countries worldwide.

          Regus has seven locations nationwide including four business centres in Auckland and three in Wellington, New Zealand’s largest commercial hub. Our customers range from start-up businesses to multi-national companies establishing a presence in New Zealand. We are proud to support innovative Kiwi businesses.


          As New Zealand’s largest life insurer, Sovereign has been taking care of New Zealanders for the past 25 years. Sovereign now aims to turn insurance on its head by dedicating ourselves to helping our customers take charge of their health and wellbeing.

          We are seeking to launch new initiatives in the near future, all underpinned by this new focus on improving customers’ lifelong health. We’re interested in encouraging healthy lifestyles, preventing and detecting health problems as early as possible, and help New Zealanders living with chronic illness take charge of their health so they enjoy a better quality of life.


          StopPress – website, newsletters and events – is the hub for New Zealand’s communications industry, providing essential industry news and intelligence. Informative and interactive, StopPress is updated daily, as news breaks, providing readers a forum for lively commentary and opinion on industry trends and issues. StopPress digital newsletter delivers the latest news to subscribers’ inbox twice a week — for free! StopPress is the authority on everything marketing, advertising and media in New Zealand.

          Callaghan Innovation

          Callaghan Innovation is the government's business innovation agency. Its purpose is to grow New Zealand's economy by helping businesses succeed through technology. It does this by delivering innovation services to businesses and building New Zealand's innovation capability. Callaghan Innovation provides technical and scientific expertise, impartial advice, skills development, access to industry networks, and grant funding.


          90 Seconds

          The world's leading cloud video production platform. 90 Seconds is the world’s leading cloud video production platform, allowing brands to purchase, plan, shoot, edit and review video anywhere in the world, online and on mobile.


            DB Breweries is one of New Zealand’s best-known companies and has been creating iconic beer, and now cider brands, since it was founded in 1929. We now own and operate six breweries and one cidery around New Zealand. During our history, we’ve achieved great success by often rising above overwhelming obstacles. Our resilience and success lies in our people and our brands. We have great people who are passionate, think creatively, make things happen and who are determined to succeed. Our brands, which include Heineken, DB Export, Monteith’s and Tui, are well known and integral to New Zealanders’ lives.


            1Above is a New Zealand designed wellness innovation company. Started back in 2010 with our travel recovery range to help support the health and wellbeing of the worlds travellers. After many requests from you we have now launched everyday recovery range into the New Zealand market. We exclusively source Pycnogenol® which is the world's most clinically researched pine bark extract - Natures Super Antioxidant.

            This is our key active ingredient which is unique to 1Above which is clinically proven to naturally power and support your body while in the air and on the ground.

            Pernod Ricard

            Pernod Ricard represent a rich portfolio of brands that makes us intensely proud and reflects our #1 position in New Zealand - a position achieved through hard work and a great culture: we are a company of people with commitment and integrity, a dash of entrepreneurship and a splash of conviviality. It’s a winning mix that’s seen the Pernod Ricard Group ascend to co-leader in wine and spirits globally, and makes it a great place to work for like-minded people.

            The Better Drinks Co

            At The Better Drinks Co., ‘better’ isn’t just a word, but a promise - to deliver better drinks for everyone everyday! It’s also a challenge to simply be better at everything we do – from ensuring our people are home safe everyday, to how we source and manufacture our drinks, right through to finally delivering them to our customers so they can refresh their shoppers.

            Since way back in 1999, when we started out as Charlie’s, we’ve been making and marketing a whole range of premium, Not From Concentrate and Organic drinks. We’re still based in New Zealand, with production sites in NZ and Australia, and we sell our drinks all over the world!

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