About the Awards

Innovation changes our world... in more ways than we realise!

From the humble paperclip to building rockets to feeding hungry kids to cola with a conscience. Kiwis have innovation in their bones and we want to recognise and celebrate innovation in all of its forms - whether it be a product, service, process or business. Let's celebrate you, the amazing things you're achieving and help your business grow.

The New Zealand Innovation Awards are our way of helping people with their crazy-great ideas and innovations. We created these awards to give smart, innovative NZ individuals and businesses a platform to be recognised and celebrated. In our seventh year now (almost in double figures!) we have watched with pride as past entrants, finalists and winners continue to succeed on both a national and international level. We've seen new connections made and watched the NZ innovation ecosystem grow and mature, while continuing to have a whole load of fun along the way.

So... Now it's your turn! Tell us how YOUR innovation changes our world

We're starting to dance a little jig right now as we get so excited every year when it's entry open time! The depth and breadth of innovation in NZ whether it be large or small is truly outstanding. So let's hear about yours. You could be a one-man band, a company of few or a large corporate - we just want to hear from you! Tell us about your product, service, process or business. This is a chance for you to put yourself on a national stage, get some publicity and connect with our amazing network - over 4,000 people and counting!

We're Always Up For a Chat

So give us a call on 0800 2 INNOVATE (0800 2 46668) or email iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Entries have closed for NZ Innovation Awards for 2017, but you can still nominate an innovation superstar. We'll get in touch with nominees when we launch for entries in 2018, and keep you up to date. It's as easy as filling in a nomination form online.

Key Dates

  • Entries open on Tuesday 6th June, 2017, and close at 5pm on Friday 4th August, 2017. (Extended from original date of 28th July).
  • Finalists are announced on Tuesday 5th September, 2017.
  • The Awards will be announced at the Event on Thursday 19th October, 2017.





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