Corporate Partners


Strategic Partner

BNZ is delighted to partner with KiwiNet to support, promote and showcase research which has led to commercial success. The future of New Zealand’s economy lies in our ability to turn good ideas into commercial businesses. In providing much needed access to tools, investment and support, KiwiNet is providing greater opportunity for New Zealand businesses to develop higher value products and services.

Ultimately this will deliver greater margin, more sustainable business performance, more employment opportunities, stronger communities and increased export revenues. We encourage businesses and entrepreneurs throughout New Zealand to utilise the expertise and facilities KiwiNet can access to enable them to turn good ideas into business opportunities. Together, we are committed to supporting the growth of New Zealand's businesses and ultimately, a high achieving New Zealand.

The Norman Barry Foundation

The Norman Barry Foundation generously supports the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme.

The Norman Barry Foundation, is a charitable trust registered under the Charities Act 2005. Norman Barry was an entrepreneur and a philanthropist who established the Quality Hotel Parnell.

During his successful business career he mentored motel owners in Auckland who were new to the industry and helped various charitable organisations in the form of donations.

Norman left his shareholding in Quality Hotel Parnell Limited to the Foundation, and the distributions from this Company to the Foundation are used for charitable donations.

In addition, Quality Hotel Parnell Limited is also a registered charity in its own right and this company also makes donations to the community.

Legal Partner

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is a top tier New Zealand law firm with a rich 130 year history. Their full-service firm is known for providing clients with technically excellent legal solutions and innovative advice, contributing as trusted advisors who work alongside clients to ensure their success.

They are proud to be a New Zealand law firm with a global outlook and reach. They have offices in Auckland and Wellington, but also have the unique ability to access a worldwide network of offices, advisors and markets through the Minter Ellison Legal Group, a leading firm in the Asia-Pacific.

They understand the challenges businesses face when operating in a domestic and increasingly globalised marketplace. Their clients are offered services that are multi-disciplinary and industry facing. Their people have strong technical skills with an international perspective. This has resulted in the firm being invited to advise on some of New Zealand’s most innovative and high profile transactions.

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IP Partner

Baldwins’ mission is to help New Zealand’s innovators to achieve and maintain a commercial advantage by protecting, developing, commercialising and enforcing their intellectual property assets. Universities and Crown Research Institutes are the engine room of innovation and IP generation in New Zealand. We see our partnership with KiwiNet as a fantastic opportunity to ensure that the IP generated by New Zealand’s science researchers is captured and is able to be effectively commercialised. Effective IP protection strategies are a key component of realising value from innovation and improving economic returns.

Baldwins is one of Australasia’s leading intellectual property law firms with a proud 120 year history in New Zealand. We have offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. We offer a consolidated approach to managing our clients’ intellectual property throughout Australasia and unrivalled access to an international network of leading intellectual property firms around the globe. When partnering with us, you can be confident you have the best intellectual property professionals in Australasia working alongside you.

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Professional Services Partner

Every day 185,000 PwC people in 157 countries work hard to build strong relationships with others and understand the issues and aspirations that drive them. In New Zealand, PwC employs over 1,250 people and has offices in the Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago regions.

Over and above our traditional service offerings, PwC New Zealand also has a strong industry focus, with multi-discipline teams dedicated to key industry groups in both global and national markets. For our clients, this means the best local knowledge combined with the broadest global experience.

Our partners and staff are dedicated to solving the complex problems businesses are facing in today's changing market place. Now, more than ever, we have the resources to meet these needs through our truly integrated global network.

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Photography Partner

Sciencelens strives to provide high quality photographic services in the domains of science, industry and technology. Our offering ranges from photographing technical laboratory images and scientists at work, through to covering industry-related conferences and events.

We believe photography and other forms of visual communication play a critical supporting role in the commercialisation of good science, and as such we are excited to again be the photography sponsor to the KiwiNet Awards. Sponsoring the photographic coverage of the event is our contribution to supporting and promoting the excellent work done by all the finalists in this year’s awards.

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Major Supporter

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy.

We develop and deliver policy, services, advice and regulation to support business growth and the prosperity and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. MBIE integrates the functions of four former agencies – the Department of Building and Housing, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Department of Labour and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.