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Soul Machines

Most Innovative Deep Tech Solution

Soul Machines

Entries have now closed. Good luck to our entrants!

Entries in this category are judged by a panel of both local and international judges.

Unless otherwise indicated, the Awards focus on the previous calendar year’s activity and the IP, value and innovation delivered in this timeframe. While previous activity and future potential is considered, the judge’s decision will be based on what has been delivered in that year.

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Eligibility for this category

You are currently a registered NZ company and qualify against at least two of the following criteria:

  • Founded in NZ
  • Headquartered in NZ (the location of your global head office)
  • Have at least 20% of your employees reside in NZ

Note: If you’re not sure you qualify, please ask for verification.

In entering this category:

  • You have developed a science or engineering technology solution originating from primary research (deep tech).
  • This solution has been taken to market in the past three years AND you can provide evidence of at least one commercial sale in the calendar year ending 31 December 2021.
  • 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 the scientists and/or researchers to create this solution.
  • Upon request, you will promptly 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 between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2021