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. Without their support and encouragement we wouldn’t be able to celebrate and recognise our everyday Kiwis doing world changing things, so remember to show them the love where possible!


    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.

    Bayer New Zealand

    Working to create value through innovation and growth

    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.



    New Zealand Innovation Council

    Helping New Zealand Business Grow.

    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)



    Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

    AUT is New Zealand’s fastest growing university, currently the second largest university in New Zealand. With four campuses across Auckland, a range of international research programmes and over 26,000 students, AUT is a major contributor of future innovators and leaders.

    As the university for the changing world, innovation is at the heart of everything we do. From new programme development to the design and construction of award-winning environments, we encourage collaborative and participatory learning that challenges routine thinking through a future-focused, research-lead curriculum.

    AUT academics are leaders in their fields, engaged with industry, business and the community to find innovative solutions to the wider issues that confront our society.



    Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

    Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is made up of over 115,000 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.




    We are an analytics company with a difference. We are driven by the things we value, one of which is putting facts at the forefront of decision making. We support and encourage innovation, which is at the heart of our business.

    Known within the marketing community for our innovative and analytical approaches, we have helped a wide variety of companies and individuals take decisions beyond guesswork for 20 years. Our team of committed innovators, business experts, data scientists, mathematicians, and IT specialists are bound together in common purpose - no challenge is too big or too hard to tackle with innovative thinking, a collaborative outlook, and sufficient focus.



    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 250 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.



    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




    MOTAT is striving to create a place where the stories of New Zealand innovators are brought to life through hands-on, interactive experiences and our visitors leave inspired to innovate. We use our heritage collection and new thinking to demonstrate Kiwi technology, transport and ingenuity - while highlighting the associated stories.

    The Museum is particularly proud of its most recent collaborative installation, The Idea Collective. This contemporary space celebrates New Zealand’s vibrant innovation culture by challenging visitors to think differently and encouraging them to engage with the innovation process.”



    New Zealand Trade and 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.



    Plant & Food Research Limited

    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.



    When you use your EFTPOS debit or credit card to pay for goods and services in stores and online, chances are Paymark has played a part in the transaction. We’re essentially the middleman, speaking with your bank and the point of sale technology (e.g. EFTPOS terminal) to move money from your bank account to the place you are purchasing from. From our beginnings in 1989, we’ve grown to become New Zealand’s leading electronic payments provider, processing over 75 per cent of all our nation’s electronic transactions.

    Paymark is proud to lead the way in payments technology and innovation. We are a proud sponsor of the New Zealand Innovators Awards and look forward to seeing some amazing Kiwi talent at this year’s event.



    Poutama Trust

    Poutama is an independent self-funded organization that delivers a range of business enabling services to Maori business. While the organization is small it has a large reach that spreads throughout New Zealand and internationally. This reach is extended through Poutama’s ability to network, connect and leverage off the relationships it has built up over the past 28 years. The organisation operates off a platform of mobility and technology and works with businesses at all levels of the business cycle and across all sectors and industries that Maori are involved in. Poutama has a particular focus on collaborative activities among Maori business and moving them into value chain participation and international business. Poutama underpins its activities by offering business services that are Fast, Flexible & Free.




    Radio LIVE

    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.




    Veda is a data analytics company and the leading provider of credit information and analysis in New Zealand and Australia. Combining more than 47 years’ experience with information on around 20 million credit-active individuals and 5.7 million commercial entities, we offer powerful systems, intelligence and analysis for businesses and consumers. Innovation is at the core of our thinking. We are committed to creating innovative and meaningful products and services that enable both consumers and the diverse businesses we partner with to make astute decisions that lead to personal or business success.



    Yealands Family Wines

    Established on 08.08.08, Yealands Family Wines has quickly become recognised as a global leader in sustainable wine production and was named World Champion at the International Green Apple Environment Awards in 2014. Recognised on the world stage for the quality of their wine, including producing the World’s Best Sauvignon Blanc, proves that the best wines in the world are crafted sustainably.




    Like many businesses today Yellow Pages Group is facing disruption as a result of digital technology. The rate of change from all forms of print media into digital forms has been relentless. Yellow®’s only possible response is to reinvent itself through customer driven innovation and design. To respond to the disruption Yellow® has formed Yellow® Labs as an incubator for new digital applications and is currently working on a number of exciting new applications for consumers. Yellow supports businesses throughout New Zealand to get online and to grow profitably in a digitally connected world.




    90 Seconds

    The worlds 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.



    Pilsner Urquell

    Pilsner Urquell is the world’s original pilsner and has been brewed since 1842 in Plzen in the Czech Republic, a city that epitomises purity and perfection. A recipe that has remained unchanged since its inception, it’s brewed using malted barley, Czech hops, the soft water of Plzen and lager yeast. Despite travelling more than 18,000 kms from Plzen, Pilsner Urquell is the only cold shipped, imported beer available in New Zealand, served as fresh and distinct as it is in its homeland. A beer for the discerning drinker who appreciates quality, tradition and authenticity, Pilsner Urquell was first launched in New Zealand in October 2014 and is distributed by Treasury Wine Estates.