World Changing Kiwi Innovations Finalists Named

Press Release – NZ Innovation Awards

World changing Kiwi innovations finalists named

World changing Kiwi innovations finalists have been named for the big annual New Zealand Innovation Awards.

The finalists represent game-changing innovation from every corner of the country, with new ventures, products and services from a broad range of industries and business disciplines, the New Zealand Innovation Council’s founder and chief executive Louise Webster says.

“They all demonstrate in their own way that Kiwi innovation has come a long way with a vibrant and active innovation in the business community.

“Included in the finalists are an exciting range of entries such as quiet drones, solar-powered cow collars, smart trampolines, Te Reo Maori smartphones and ethical corporate workwear. Spoilt for choice with this year’s entries – these are truly world changing innovations.

“The seventh annual innovation award winners will be named at the awards evening in Auckland on October 19. The awards night is now established as New Zealand’s most iconic innovation event. It’s great to have seen the innovation ecosystem grow and develop over this time and simply humbling to talk to so many fantastic business innovators.

“Since the awards began we have seen a shift away from businesses developing new products and services for the New Zealand market to a strong focus on export markets with many businesses going global from day one,” she says.

Bayer New Zealand managing director Derek Bartlett says Bayer are committed to helping Kiwi companies be the best that they can be.

“We have innovation at the heart of everything we do and take pride in supporting such a great initiative to celebrate and profile innovation across New Zealand,” he says.

Last year, ARANZ Medical won the Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation prize at the annual New Zealand Innovation awards. ARANZ Medical’s advanced scanning technology, silhouette, measures wound healing and ensures the right treatment is being used to promote faster healing and more accurate diagnosis.

The 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards finalists are:

INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & ENVIRONMENT – Sponsored by Bayer NZ
Alliance Group – The Omega Lamb Project
Halter
Levno – Sensor and Data Technology
Marine Flex – Elastic Mooring
SPATnz (Shellfish Production and Technology New Zealand) – Next Generation Shellfish
Spring Sheep Milk Co. – New Zealand’s Gentlest Milk
Squawk Squad

INNOVATION IN DESIGN & ENGINEERING – Sponsored by James & Wells
ARANZ Geo – Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software
Dotterel Technologies
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare – Optiflow Junior 2
Onguard Group – Seismic Systems
Rocket Lab
SolarBright – DATAeye
Springfree Trampoline – Smart Trampoline
Tectonus – Resilient Slip Friction Joint

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT – Sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
CORE Education – iNVENTIONATOR
Crimson Education
EdPotential
Fulton Hogan – Virtual Reality Training
Kami
Linewize – Classwize
Massey University Wellington – The Design+Democracy Project
Osnova – Amy

INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL, PROFESSIONAL & PUBLIC SERVICES – Sponsored by Equifax
Cream
Department of Internal Affairs – SmartStart
FluentIQ – Test Center
McCarthyFinch
Simplicity
Simply Payroll
StockX – A Smarter Exchange

INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SCIENCE – Sponsored by Chorus
Avalia Immunotherapies – Synthetic Vaccines
BFW Innovations – The Original Mattress Elevator
CoLiberate – Nourish Your Mind
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare – Optiflow Junior 2
FlexiMap
MARS Bioimaging
Myovolt – Wearable Vibration Therapy
Precision Driven Health

INNOVATION IN FOOD & BEVERAGE – Sponsored by Plant & Food Research
Alliance Group – The Omega Lamb Project
Anteater – Premium Edible Insects
Fix & Fogg – World’s Best Peanut Butter
Fonterra Co-operative Group – Protein Ingredient (MPC4867)
Green Spot Technologies
Imake – The Grainfather

INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS – Sponsored by Jade Software Corporation
Air New Zealand – Customer Innovation Programme
ARANZ Geo – Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software
Corvecto – Virtual Reality Training Solutions
fulcrum – The fulcrum HUB
Moxion
Onguard Group – Seismic Systems
The Social Club
Vector – Glen Innes Substation
WaterOutlook

INNOVATION SYSTEMS & PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT – Sponsored by Westpac NZ & the NZ Government
Fonterra Co-operative Group – Vitamin D Measurement
Forsite
Halter
High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) – Innovation Programme
Revisia – Industrial 3D Innovation
Soar Printing – Evolution through Innovation
Vigilance – Financial Risk Management
Waitemata District Health Board – Leapfrog Programme

INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS – Sponsored by StopPress
2degrees – Data Hunt
AttitudeLive
Corvecto – Virtual Reality Training Solutions
Fire and Emergency New Zealand – Escape My House
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare – Optiflow Junior – Therapy Growth and Product Preference
Shuttlerock
Spring Sheep Milk Co. – New Zealand’s Gentlest Milk
Workhere New Zealand – LookSee Wellington
Zavy

INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY & RENEWABLE ENERGY – Sponsored by NZ Innovation Council
EcobagsNZ – No to Plastic Bags, yes to Compostable
ecostore
Green Spot Technologies
Little Yellow Bird – Ethically Made Corporate Workwear
Marine Flex – Elastic Mooring
Organic Initiative (Oi)
solarcity New Zealand – solarZero energy service
Yealands Wine Group – Harnessing the power of the sun

INNOVATION IN TOURISM & ENTERTAINMENT – Sponsored by Idealog
GeoZone
Haka Tourism Group – An Innovative Business Model
Modern Maori Quartet
Off The Beaten Track
Pop-up Globe Auckland
Sonnar Interactive – Audio Games
Tourism Holdings (THL) – Mighway
Wherewolf

INNOVATION IN MAORI DEVELOPMENT – Sponsored by KPMG
Hiakai
Huawei New Zealand – Te Reo Maori Smartphone
Metia Interactive – Takaro
Plink Software – Tipu Te Reo Maori
Punarau Media – Pipi Ma

EXPORT INNOVATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)
Alliance Group – The Omega Lamb Project
ARANZ Geo – Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare – Optiflow Junior 2
fulcrum – The fulcrum HUB
Moxion
Onguard Group – Seismic Systems
Shuttlerock
Timely

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION – Sponsored by Sovereign
AttitudeLive – Attitude
Fire and Emergency New Zealand – Escape My House
Organic Initiative (Oi)
Plink Software – Tipu Te Reo Maori
Te Whare Hukahuka – Growing Maori Social Enterprise
Te Whare Hukahuka – Ka Eke Poutama
Massey University Wellington – The Design+Democracy Project
The Taranaki Retreat

INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH
Alliance Group – The Omega Lamb Project
Avalia Immunotherapies – Synthetic Vaccines
Dotterel Technologies
Halter
Myovolt – Wearable Vibration Therapy
mango teQ – REYEDR HUD
Sonnar Interactive – Audio Games

START-UP INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
Anteater – Premium Edible Insects
Burnsafe NZ – Disposal of Landmines & Unexploded Ordnance
Firstcheck
Hiakai
Mevo – Electric Vehicles On Demand
Moxion
Previously Unavailable – Toothcrush
SolarBright – DATAeye

EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATION – Sponsored by Regus
Cream
Kami
Marine Flex – Elastic Mooring
MARS Bioimaging
Simply Payroll
StockX – A Smarter Exchange
WaterOutlook
Zavy

DISRUPTIVE & BREAKTHROUGH INNOVATION – Sponsored by Westpac NZ and the NZ Government
ARANZ Geo – Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software
Avalia Immunotherapies – Synthetic Vaccines
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare – Optiflow Junior 2
Flick Electric Co.
Halter
MARS Bioimaging
Moxion
Rocket Lab
SolarBright – DATAeye

YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR – Sponsored by MOTAT
Erik Zydervelt – Mevo
Henry Lane – Corvecto
Jarek Beksa – Sonnar Interactive
Jody Burrell, Bop Murdock, Sarah Tuck – CoLiberate
Samantha Jones – Little Yellow Bird
Shay Wright – Te Whare Hukahuka

MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL – Sponsored by 3M
Asantha Wijeyeratne (Peter) – Simply Payroll
Helen Robinson – Organic Initiative
Katie Hinsen – Blue Collar Post Collective
Peter Beck – Rocket Lab

BAYER SUPREME NEW ZEALAND INNOVATION – Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand
• Winner to be announced on the night.

THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – Sponsored by RadioLIVE
All finalists – public voting open from September 12 via www.innovationawards.org.nz
ENDS

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