UPDATED 12 June: The Award Winners

UPDATED 16.00: The presentations at today’s #KiwiNetAwards have demonstrated some of the exciting innovation and technology that is being generated by New Zealand Universities and Crown Research Institutes. Since much of the focus of the day has been on the commercialisation of this research, a number of great stories have been told around the different collaboration models that have been created between academia and their industry partners. That however, is sadly, all I can say.

Chatham House rules mean that what was said during the day remains in-house. It has allowed the presenters to talk about the challenges and problems they have faced. It has meant though that I have not been able to tweet from the meeting as hoped. All I can say, is that the presentations from both TiDA & Heilala Vanilla (see original article below) were just great. I will update on the results at tonight’s final Awards presentation tomorrow.

I am attending the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2014 in Auckland tomorrow. You can follow me during the day on Twitter at @Wharf42HQ. The hashtag for the event is #KiwiNetAwards

Research Commercialisation is about turning scientific discoveries made at New Zealand’s universities and Crown Entities into innovative products and services that will grow our economy. The KiwiNet awards celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of those who strive to bridge the gap between research excellence and outstanding business leadership. You can find out more about the event here.

KiwiNet Commercialisation Awards 2013

KiwiNet Resaerch Commercialisation Awards 2013

So who are KiwiNet? KiwiNet (The Kiwi Innovation Network) is a consortium of Universities and Crown Research Institutes & Entities who are dedicated to taking a collaborative approach to research commercialisation. The consortium consists of Plant and Food Research, Callaghan Innovation, AgResearch, Otago Innovation, Landcare Research, Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, Viclink, WaikatoLink, AUT Enterprises Ltd and Environmental Science & Research.

The KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards event tomorrow holds special interest for Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty

TiDA is a finalist in the AJ Park Commercialisation Collaboration Award category. This award recognises the outstanding new collaborations formed between multiple research organisations working together to build national scale around a technology platform or address a business need. And Newnham Park-based Heilala Vanilla are joint finalists with Massey University in the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Research & Business Partnership Award category. This award recognises the deeply embedded working relationship between a research organisation and business that delivers significant commercial value for New Zealand.

I am looking forward to what will be an outstanding event and one that confirms just how embedded technology, innovation and collaboration are in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty region.

I just hope the wind and rain in Auckland ease of a little by the time I hit SH1 in the early hours!

You can follow Wharf42 on Twitter at @Wharf42HQ