About the awards

Are you ready to shine a light on your innovative culture? Would your company benefit from exposure to the most influential leaders in Australia and New Zealand?

ANZLF brings senior business and government leaders together to help Australia and New Zealand prosper in the global economy. The Trans-Tasman Innovation & Growth Awards focuses on successful innovation and growth stories, shining a spotlight on businesses across Australia and New Zealand who have succeeded in converting innovation inputs to outputs.

Why should you get involved?

  1. PRIZES: Four winners will each receive our unique prize package that includes $25,000 AUD and an exclusive invite to our winners’ summit experiences in July 2022.
  2. NETWORK: Leverage exposure to the ANZLF’s network of senior business and government leaders.
  3. VOICE: Unique opportunity to collaborate with governments via the ANZLF. Follow ANZLF on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Tell your successful start-up story and win. Enter the Trans-Tasman Innovation & Growth Awards to win cash and access to resources and advice.


Vic Crone

CEO – Callaghan Innovation

David Thodey

Chair – Xero

Daniel Petre AO

Co Founder – Airtree Ventures (retired), Founder StartUpGiving

Genevieve Bell

Distinguished Professor – The Australian National University

Daniela McKenzie

Early stage Investor and Director

Bill Bartee

Managing Partner – Main Sequence Ventures

Julie Trell

SheEO Australia Country Lead, Chief Play Officer – Playful Purpose

Nick Gainsley

Partner – OneVentures

Louise May

Lead – Strategy & Consulting, Australia & New Zealand

Rhonda Kite, ONZM

Founder & CEO – Kiwa Digital Media Group

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How to impress our judges?

Our judges are looking for companies that exhibit the following:


Your company can showcase an ability to work positively and in innovative ways across a diverse ecosystem.


Your company can share a growth story that includes impressive business results and lessons learnt.

Talent and wellbeing

Your company has a creative approach to growing, sourcing and developing your people. You place a strong emphasis on well-being and team culture.

Funding approach

Your company can share a unique way of sourcing funding from organisations in the private and public sector.

Environment and social impact

Your company can demonstrate a positive social and environmental impact through your business operations and initiatives.

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This is what you can expect in the coming months if you apply.


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