Welcome to the 2021 NZ Hi-Tech Awards.
Entries close at 5pm on Monday 8 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.

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.

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.


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 genuinely innovative service that is significantly enabled by some form of technology - be it software or hardware.
  • It may be a totally unique service solution or one that represents a significant and unique change that has been made to an existing service or platform.
  • To clarify, a “service” is defined as: A company or organisation that delivers some kind of expertise or knowledge for the benefit of its customers. Examples of a typical service business include intangible products, such as accounting, banking, consulting, cleaning, landscaping, education, insurance, medical treatment, and transportation.
  • You will be able to provide evidence of at least one commercial sale in the last calendar year; ending 31 December 2020
  • Recognising a number of service solutions are developed as partnerships, a joint entry between the service provider and a technology provider can be made so long as:
    • Both parties agree to enter but only one joint entry is submitted
    • One of the parties holds rights to the unique IP created for the entry
    • Both parties meet the entry eligibility criteria above
  • 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 service was designed in NZ
    • Your company owns or has rights to use the IP

Please note:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS) products don’t automatically qualify for this category. SaaS products must demonstrate the same clear value proposition as to how the product enables the delivery of a service.
  • Products entered in this category cannot also be entered in the Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution category in the same year.

Request an entry form for this category

Complete this form to receive your unique link to enter the Kiwibank Most Innovative Hi-Tech Service. 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.