Welcome to the 2021 NZ Hi-Tech Awards.
Entries close at 5pm on Monday 2 March 2021.

Once submitted your entry is final and no further changes can be made.

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

Please note the following:

  • You can either directly enter this category yourself or nominate someone you think deserves the award.
  • This award, like the Flying Kiwi Hi-Tech Hall of Fame and Inspiring Individual awards are enduring accolades meaning previous winners are not eligible to re-enter. However previous finalists are encouraged to re-enter.
  • Finalists in the Young Achiever Category cannot also be a finalist in the Inspiring Individual Category in the same year; in the advent of this occurrence the entrant/nominee will be asked to select the category they wish to go forward in.


Judging criteria

The winner of this category will be an individual who is:

  • Under the age of 30 years old, as of midnight, on 1 March, 2020.
  • Making an outstanding contribution to a NZ hi-tech company as a founder or employee OR to the hi-tech sector itself.
  •  Demonstrating qualities that single them out as a leader and achiever.
  • A NZ citizen or a NZ permanent resident who has lived in NZ for a minimum of five years.
  • Not a previous winner of this category (previous finalists can absolutely re-enter and are encouraged to do so).

Note: In the face-to-face finalists’ panel interview, entrants will also be judged on their ability to tell their story/narrative and capture and sustain the attention of the judges.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email us at info@hitech.org.nz or call us on 09 984 4140.

Request an entry form for this category

Complete this form to receive your unique link to enter the Xero Hi-Tech Young Achiever. You are able to save and resume your entry any time before entries close by using this link.

You will also receive a soft copy version of the entry form so that you can collaborate with team members and get stakeholder approval prior to submitting your entry online.

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Nominate a company or individual for an award 

If there's a company or a hi-tech superstar out there deserving of recognition, complete this quick Nomination Form to tell us all about them. We'll reach out and encourage them to enter.

Nominations for the 2021 awards close 5pm, 22 February 2021.