Hey you smart innovators and kick-ass business people, come out from under your bushel – it’s time to shine your light!

    For too long, Kiwis have been bashful about telling the world about the cool things they’re doing. They’ve been afraid of sticking their head up, fearing the wrath of those poppy choppers. No more! It’s time to be proud about what you’ve achieved! We’re celebrating everyday Kiwis doing world-changing things!

    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 (and if some giant company wants to give you a zillion dollars after seeing what you’re doing, so be it…) 

    These awards go way beyond simple bragging rights. In the five years we’ve been holding these awards, we’ve seen countless businesses form super-beneficial connections with new partners and we’ve watched as private investors shoulder-tap some great Kiwi endeavours. Best of all, we’ve watched the eco-system of innovative New Zealand businesses grow and connect, forming a useful network made up of innovators, business owners which helps businesses like you get to that next level.  

    So now’s the time...

    If you’re doing some cool things and rocking your industry, we want to hear about it. Tell us about your innovations, your products, services or ventures. It doesn’t matter if you’re a sole trader or you have 1000 employees; it doesn’t matter if you turnover millions a year or you’re yet to see a penny – we want to hear from you. This is your chance to put yourself on a national stage, to get some publicity and connect with our amazing network – for goodness sake, get in there! 

    If you want to know more call us on: 0800 2 INNOVATE (0800 2 46668) or email Andy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Entries are not yet open for the NZ Innovation Awards for 2017, but you can nominate an innovation superstar (or yourself!). Entries will open on Tuesday 6th June 2017. We'll get in touch with nominees when we launch the entry form, and keep you up to date. It's as easy as filling in a nomination form online.


    • Entries open on Tuesday 6th June, 2017, and close at 5pm on Friday 28th July, 2017.
    • Finalists are announced on Tuesday 5th September, 2017.
    • The Awards will be announced at the Event on Thursday 19th October, 2017.