2021 Awards Videos

Breakthrough Innovator Award

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.


Dr Shalini Divya
Tasmanlon/ Wellington UniVentures

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


Christopher Smith
Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

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


Ged Finch
XFrame™ Pty Ltd/ Wellington UniVentures

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


Dr 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

Researcher Entrepreneur Award

This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made 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.


Prof Johan Potgieter
Massey University

Inspiring entrepreneurial insurgency by creating a technology pipeline


Andrea Bubendorfer
Callaghan Innovation

Championing science and scientists for real value


Prof Ian Woodhead
Lincoln Agritech Limited

Advancing electrical and electronic engineering for agri and environmental sectors

Commercialisation Professional Award

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.


Darja Pavlovic-Nelson
Plant & Food Research

Sensing opportunities – capturing value from Plant & Food Research IP


Dr Alex Tickle
Otago Innovation Limited

Leading research teams to commercial success


Hamish Findlay
Wellington UniVentures

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

Commercial Impact Award

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


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

Aureo®Gold a new biocontrol product combating plant disease


Plant & Food Research

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


First Watch
WaikatoLink and CTEK

Protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attack

Momentum Student Entrepreneur Award

The award recognises highly motivated New Zealand university students who have made significant progress developing an idea that can change the world.

These students are making outstanding contributions to commercialisation and innovation or has created an innovative business in New Zealand through technology licensing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support innovation.


Luke Campbell - University of Canterbury

Millions of calls made smarter with Vxt


Jeanette Rapson - Massey University

Early Habits - freeze-dried vegetable baby food

Other Videos

Taking Scientific Discoveries to Market

How the 2021 finalists feel about creating impact from Kiwi science.

Judges Introduction

Introduction to the Judges of the 2021 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards