Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards

Innovate Northland

Who can enter this category?
An individual or company that has an innovation that meets the entry criteria set out in the Innovate Northland entry guidelines.

Emerging – an idea or concept
Established – commercialised

What are the judges looking for in this category?
NZ Chambers of Commerce Northland and Northland Inc with the support of local industry, are supporting and encouraging the next generation of Northland businesses by promoting that good ideas, coherently constructed, can generate valued and sustainable businesses.

This award is a celebration of a good idea rather than a rigorous business model. It focuses on the product more than on the company, however the following attributes will be measured in judging:

  • Level of technical stretch (innovation)
  • Path to market (market research)
  • Investment and returns (business model, sale price, cost of material, projected revenue etc)
  • Ability to deliver (project well planned and scoped, risk assessment, funding options identified etc)

The process:

  • Call for entries Monday 23rd April 2018
  • Entries close Tuesday 31st July 2018
  • The judges will complete a desk top study of the Innovate entries and if necessary with contact the entrant for clarification.
  • Entrants Networking Evening, Friday 24th August 2018
  • Overall winner named on the night of the Awards Presentation and Celebration Evening Friday 26th October 2018


About Northland Inc

Northland Inc Northland’s economic development agency – works to strengthen and diversify the regional economy by helping to create jobs, business and investment opportunities in sectors that are key to a prosperous future for Northland. Northland Inc works with a number of strategically important institutions in Northland across the public and private sectors with the common agenda to strengthen, grow and diversify Northland’s economy. Our team of business, innovation and growth experts provide targeted support for innovation activities that educate, empower and enable new opportunities for stronger entrepreneurial culture and growth in the region. When you have a win/win – good for you, good for Northland – talk to us.




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