What a night! Selling out well in advance of the Event, 720 guests and innovators recognised and celebrated the country's top thinkers & doers across every industry and growth stage. 22 winners were announced, and 14 finalists received commendations. Innovation changes our world, and these are the companies doing just that!
We're pleased to announce the Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation for 2017 is Rocket Lab! Rocket Lab pioneered a kiwi space programme, with purpose-built rockets for regular commercial satellite launches - space is officially open for business! This isn’t Rocket Lab’s first recognition in the NZ Innovation Awards – CEO Peter Beck was named Most Inspiring Individual in 2014. To return three years on and receive the biggest honour of the Awards evening is testament to the continued growth and success of Rocket Lab.
Special thanks goes to Louise Webster, Andy Blackburn, Vic Crone (CEO of Callaghan Innovation), Kim Connolly-Stone (Policy Director, Digital Economy at MBIE), Derek Bartlett (Managing Director at Bayer Australia and New Zealand), Idealog, the New Zealand Innovation Council and all our wonderful partners and sponsors that inspire us and make these Awards such a great celebration of everyday kiwis doing world changing things.
Learn more about our 2017 NZ Innovation Awards Winners in our free online magazine - meet these Kiwis creating innovations to change our world.
See the full list of 2017 winners and highly commended recipients for each category, including the Bayer Supreme NZ Innovation Award.
The NZ Innovation Awards were held at ANZ Viaduct Events Centre in October 2017 - check out or download all the event photos on Flickr.
Meet the amazing organisations supporting innovative Kiwis. These are the incredible sponsors that make these Awards such a great celebration each year.