The Awards Categories for 2022

Celebrating the diversity of people, projects, and impact in our sector is important. Entries should reflect the amazing diversity we have across our community, celebrating successes in the here-and-now, and with future benefit to Aotearoa and beyond.

If you have any questions about which category to enter, please give your Commercialisation Manager or the KiwiNet Marketing team a call.

Plus, every entry will go in the draw to win flights over Auckland!

Breakthrough Innovator Award

The Breakthrough Innovator Award is awarded to a researcher who is embracing opportunities to commercialise their research.


This award recognises an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making an outstanding contribution to research commercialisation in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or commercial partnerships leading to the creation of new products and/or services from publicly funded research.

Eligibility:

  • Entry is open to New Zealand based researchers of any age, in the earlier stages of their research commercialisation journey e.g. typically up to 10 years after completing their PhD or entering the science arena professionally. The researcher must have collaborated effectively (with their tech transfer / commercialisation office and / or industry) to commercialise research in the five years prior to June 2022.
  • The researcher’s work does not have to have received PreSeed Accelerator funding.

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Breakthrough Project Award

The Breakthrough Project Award is awarded to a project that demonstrates best practice commercialisation of publicly funded research.

This award celebrates a project that has demonstrated excellence in core research commercialisation practices and processes (e.g. creative approaches to licencing, or the creation of robust start ups or spin outs), accelerating research to market and ensuring it is well positioned to deliver great impact for New Zealand.

Eligibility:

  • Entry for this award is open to research organisations working with a third party (e.g. the private sector or the public sector in the case of health, education, social or environmental issues) to commercialise research produced by New Zealand’s publicly funded research organisations in the five years prior to June 2022.
  • The research upon which the partnership centers does not have to have received PreSeed Accelerator funding.

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Researcher Entrepreneur Award

The Research Entrepreneur Award is awarded to a researcher who consistently delivers real world impact from their research.

This award recognises an experienced entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to research commercialisation impact in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or commercial partnerships leading to the creation of new products and/or services from publicly-funded research.

Eligibility:

  • This category best suits to mid-to-later career New Zealand based scientists and researchers, who work to commercialise research produced by public research organisations. The researcher's work does not have to have received PreSeed Accelerator funding.

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Commercialisation Professional Award

The Commercialisation Professional Award is awarded to a person who is having a significant impact on the commercialisation of publicly funded research.

This award recognises an established commercialisation professional working within a New Zealand research organisation who has delivered outstanding outcomes through the commercialisation of publicly funded research.

Eligibility:

  • This category best suits experienced research commercialisation professionals (whether senior Commercialisation Managers, IP Professionals, Analysts, Business Development Managers, Contracts Managers, Portfolio Managers, Partnerships Managers, Project Engineers, Programme Managers etc), working within a New Zealand research organisation to commercialise research produced by New Zealand’s public research organisations.
  • The research upon which the entry is based does not have to have received PreSeed Accelerator funding.

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Commercialisation Impact Award

The Commercialisation Impact Award is awarded to a project that has been commercialised and is delivering real world impact.

This award celebrates a project that demonstrates excellence in research commercialisation delivering outstanding innovation performance and generating significant impact for New Zealand whether environmental, social, job creation, or direct or indirect impact on export earnings.

Eligibility:

  • Entry for this award is open to research organisations working with the private sector to commercialise NZ’s publicly funded research in the five years prior to June 2022. The research upon which the partnership centers does not have to have received PreSeed Accelerator funding.

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Commercialisation Icon Award

KiwiNet’s highest honour, bestowed by the KiwiNet team and past category winners, to recognise a quintessential champion of New Zealand’s research commercialisation community.

This individual has a high level of aspiration for research commercialisation as a catalyst to deliver prosperity for all. This is demonstrated by their unwavering commitment to substantially advancing the cause and activity of commercialisation of publicly funded research within New Zealand. Their body of work has made an outstanding impact on the research commercialisation ecosystem.


* No entries required. Candidates identifed and winner chosen by KiwiNet and previous winners.