Previous New Zealand Innovator of the Year
Recognise inspiring Kiwis whose game-changing discoveries, research or inventions are driving society forward. An innovation can involve a product, service, technology or process across any industry sector. Nominations are for New Zealand companies or New Zealand citizens over 15 years of age.
Please ensure your answers demonstrate how the nominee fulfills the criteria. You may wish to include supporting documentation such as printed information, website links, press clippings, images, impact reports etc. You may need to contact the person or company you are nominating for assistance with sourcing the supporting information.
The judges will use the following criteria during judging/deliberation:
The Nomination Form will offer you the opportunity to include a written summary, images & attachments relating to the individual, and the innovation they are responsible for.
To meet the criteria that the judges will be considering, the nomination should include the following information. If the Awards Office requires further information, they will notify the nominee and give them the opportunity to provide this.
Description of the Innovation:
How is it unique/original?
How did the nominee identify the opportunity and introduce the new idea?
Describe the commitment of time, risks and challenges overcome to develop the innovation to this point (this may still be ongoing):
Commercial Potential (if relevant):
How does the innovation provide a competitive solution to a market need?
Describe how the innovation has commercial potential and the suitable market strategy:
Describe how the innovation is sustainable and will continue to be beneficial/add value going forward:
Summarise any plans to use this innovation to sustain growth or develop new innovations:
Capability and Capacity:
How is the value of the innovation measured?
Level of Impact/Change:
Describe the opportunity the innovation has to generate economic, social
and/or environmental benefits for local industry sector, the nation and or
How does the innovation deliver tangible benefits for industry and end-users? This may include the potential to leverage additional investment into New Zealand.