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Finalists announced for NZ Hi-Tech Awards
Tue, 2nd Apr 2013
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A record number of new entrants from companies across New Zealand have lifted the bar for this year's Hi-Tech Awards, to be held on May 17 in Auckland.

With the finalists for the awards recently announced, software firms Xero and Serko are also in the running for the top prize of Hi-Tech Company of the Year, along with manufacturing company Buckley Systems.

Currently one of the technology sector’s most sought-after accolades, prizes have been awarded over the years to New Zealand’s most successful high-tech companies, and highest achieving individuals.

The Awards programme, administered by the NZ Hi-Tech Trust, promotes the sector as a leading contributor to New Zealand’s economy and export success, and enjoys the support and input of our highly successful technology industries.

"This year's finalists range from companies in their infancy through to some of our biggest and most high profile hi-tech companies," said Wayne Norrie, chairman, Hi-Tech Trust.

"New Zealand technology companies have a unique flavour that extends well beyond the realms of traditional ICT."

"It is great to see such a range of entries across the board and so many companies entering who are just embarking on their big journey."

After launching in 1994, the awards have since evolved into a platform for all technology industries, covering ICT, electronics, software, biotechnology, creative, telecommunications and digital media.

Finalists for 2013 are as follows:

PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2013• Buckley Systems• Serko• Xero

Cisco Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year 2013• EROAD• GreenButton• HydroWorks• Living Cell Technologies

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) Hi-Tech Pre-Commercialisation Company of the Year 2013• Performance Labs• Sensagrid• Solar Bright• Timely• Trigger Happy• Veritide

State Government of Victoria, Australia Innovative Hi-Tech Service Product 2013• KlickEx• Shapeshifter• Vend

Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product 2013• 3i Innovation• Compac Sorting Equipment• Fusion Electronics• ikeGPS

MBIE Science, Skills and Innovation Group Hi-Tech Start up Company of the Year 2013• BIMstop• Carnival Labs• Oritain Global• RedSeed

Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product 2013• Carnival Labs• CropLogic• KlickEx• Matakina Technology• Vend• Wynyard Group

Telecom Business Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Product 2013• Carnival Labs• ikeGPS• KlickEx• Mobi2Go

Fronde Hi-Tech Young Achiever 2013• Robert Bell• Guy Horrocks• James Robertson• Sam Talwar

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Best Contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech Sector from a Multinational Company 2013• Microsoft• Navico• Sprint International

HSBC + NZMEA Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year over $5M 2013• ARANZ Geo• Buckley Systems• Compac Sorting Equipment• Xero

HSBC + NZMEA Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year $500,000 to $5m 2013• 3i Innovation• Carnival Labs• Vend

For more information on the awards, click here

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