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Aware Group

Most Innovative Deep Tech Solution

Aware Group

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Once you click the link below, you will be taken to our online entry portal and asked to sign up/sign in. Once you are signed up, you will be able to select your category to enter into.

Along the way, your entry progress will automatically be saved under your account for you to come back and finish at any time before entries close.

Entries close at 5pm on Monday 4 March 2024

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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.

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All entries must be submitted into the online entry portal by 5pm Monday 4 March 2024.


It's time to shoulder-tap that company or individual that deserves some recognition.

If there's a company or certain person out there that you think has what it takes, fill out this quick Nomination Form to let us know about them. Nominations can be made for all of the 14 award categories. Nominations close Monday, 19 February 2024 i.e. two weeks before entries close.

We'll reach out to them and let them know that they should enter - sometimes all you need is a little encouragement!

Hi-Tech Young Achiever category: can self enter or enter on behalf of someone. Entry must be made in the Award Force portal by 5pm Monday, 4 March 2024

Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual category: by nomination only. Entry to be submitted in Award Force portal by by 5pm Monday, 4 March 2024.