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Aware Group

Most Innovative Deep Tech Solution

Aware Group

Entries have now closed!

Finalist announcements will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Wednesday, 27 March, 5.30 - 7 pm. Click here to register.

Eligibility for this category:

Your company is registered in NZ and meets at least two of the following criteria​:

  • Founded in NZ
  • Global headquarters are in NZ
  • At least 20% of your employees reside in NZ

In Entering This Category

  • You have developed a technology-based solution originating from primary research (deep tech).
  • Your first commercial sale needs to have been made in the last three years and you will also need to demonstrate that you made a commercial sale (this excludes grants and investment) in calendar year 2023.
  • Your deep tech solution is genuinely innovative and you can demonstrate how it’s positioned for future success.
  • You are working, or have worked, directly with scientists and/or researchers to create this solution.
  • Upon request, you can supply the judges with evidence to support any claims made in this entry and be able to prove that:
    • The solution was designed in NZ
    • Your company owns or has rights to use the IP
    • The first commercial sale of the solution was made in the last three years
    • A commercial sale of the solution was made between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email info@hitech.org.nz or call +64 21 223 8506.

Nominations Have Closed

Thank you for all your submissions! We appreciate your efforts in recognising outstanding companies and individuals.

For the Hi-Tech Young Achiever category, entries can be self-entered or submitted on behalf of someone. Please ensure that entries are made in the Award Force portal by 5 pm on Monday, 4 March 2024.

As for the Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual category, entries are accepted by third party only. Make sure to submit the entry form for them in the Award Force portal by 5 pm on Monday, 4 March 2024.

Thank you again for your participation, and stay tuned for the exciting announcements ahead!