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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.