2021 Awards Finalists

The KiwiNet Awards celebrate heroes in research commercialisation — those individuals and organisations whose best practice approach is changing the innovation landscape in New Zealand. We congratulate the 2021 finalists!

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Momentum Student Entrepreneur Finalists

This award recognises a highly motivated university student who looks beyond the science and sees the prize - how their idea can change the world. The student is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

Jeanette RapsonJeanette Rapson
Massey University

Early Habits - freeze-dried vegetable baby food

Luke CampbellLuke Campbell
University of Canterbury

Millions of calls made smarter with Vxt

Tom MaslinTom Maslin
University of Canterbury

The next generation of cochlear implant technology

Breakthrough Innovator Finalists

This award recognises an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or is creating innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

Christopher SmithChristopher Smith
Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

The Mushroom Smith - commercial-scale production of fungi traditionally collected and eaten by Māori.

Ged FinchGed Finch
XFrame™ Pty Ltd/ Wellington UniVentures

XFrame™ - a recoverable and reusable framing system for the next generation of sustainable construction

Dr Matheus VargasDr Matheus Vargas
Orbis Diagnostics/ University of Auckland

Orbis Diagnostics makes complex medical testing simple and accessible wherever and whenever needed to help re-enable safe travel amidst a pandemic

Dr Shalini DivyaDr Shalini Divya
Tasmanlon/ Wellington UniVentures

A new aluminium-ion battery technology, offering a safer, sustainable, cost-effective alternative for grid storage and portable applications

Researcher Entrepreneur Finalists

This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licensing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

Andrea BubendorferAndrea Bubendorfer
Callaghan Innovation

Championing science and scientists for real value

Prof Johan PotgieterProf Johan Potgieter
Massey University

Inspiring entrepreneurial insurgency by creating a technology pipeline

Prof Ian WoodheadProf Ian Woodhead
Lincoln Agritech Limited

Advancing electrical and electronic engineering for agri and environmental sectors

Commercialisation Professional Finalists

This award recognises a commercialisation professional working within a New Zealand research organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to the commercialisation of publicly-funded research.

Dr Alex TickleDr Alex Tickle
Otago Innovation Limited

Leading research teams to commercial success

Darja Pavlovic-NelsonDarja Pavlovic-Nelson
Plant & Food Research

Sensing opportunities – capturing value from Plant & Food Research IP

Hamish FindlayHamish Findlay
Wellington UniVentures

A commercialisation expert, identifying and nurturing commercial outcomes to create impact

Commercial Impact Finalists

The commercial impact award celebrates excellence in research commercialisation delivering outstanding innovation performance and the potential for generating significant economic impact for New Zealand.

ActivLayrActivLayr
Plant & Food Research

Nanofibre cosmetic products from marine collagen - ActivLayr™ a unique nanofibre delivery platform for bioactives and cosmeceuticals

First WatchFirst Watch
WaikatoLink and CTEK

Protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attack

Aureo®GoldAureo®Gold - Plant & Food Research, Zespri and UPL

Aureo®Gold a new biocontrol product combating plant disease