KiwiNet winners - Annual Report 2022

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KiwiNet winners - Annual Report 2022

20 April, 2023


Year Award Name Startup Company
2016 Emerging Innovator Carla Meledandri  
2016 Researcher Entrepreneur Cather Simpson Engender, Orbis
2016 Supreme Cather Simpson Engender, Orbis
2019 Breakthrough Innovator Shalen Kumar AuramerBio
2019 Commercialisation
Will Charles  
2019 Researcher Entrepreneur Margaret Brimble Sapvax
2019 Supreme Margaret Brimble Sapvax
2020 Breakthrough Innovator Eldon Tate Inhibit Coatings
2020 Researcher Entrepreneur Jim Johnston Noble Bond, Inhibit
2020 Supreme Jim Johnston Noble Bond, Inhibit
2021 Breakthrough Innovator Shalini Divya TasmanIon
2022 Breakthrough Innovator Jonathan Ring Zincovery
2022 Commercialisation Icon Cather Simpson Engender, Orbis
2022 Researcher Entrepreneur Justin Hodgkiss Advemto
2022 Commercialisation Impact Magritek Magritek

We are not standing still, having introduced commercial skills training webinars, Science Advisory Panels, CEO breakfasts and the Career and Relevant-to-Industry Skills Programme (CRISP) under current Commercialisation Manager Kevin Sheehy. Meanwhile, the MacDiarmid Institute’s research is now called ‘Deep Tech’ by the various investors who beat a path to our door - that is, research and technology based on scientific knowledge that is hard-won over reasonably long timeframes, and that is difficult to replicate. We are also increasingly embracing ‘Clean Tech’ in alignment with the Institute’s focus on materials for sustainability, as exemplified by our alumnus Jono Ring (CEO, Zincovery) who won the Breakthrough Innovator Award at the KiwiNet Awards. Clean Tech directly links to one of Sir Paul’s goals, making New Zealand “a place where talent wants to live”, and there is also strong resonance with the values embedded in the rapidly growing Māori economy.

Clean Tech: it’s difficult to think of a more appropriate and challenging focus for the Institute’s impact over the next 20 years and beyond.

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