Are you the next young innovator?
Young Innovator Awards creates tomorrow’s innovators by offering a hands-on, learn-by-doing experience. We challenge students to come up with a unique innovation that'll make the world a better place. The best entries, as judged by top innovators in NZ and abroad, win internships at leading innovative businesses in the Bay plus cash prizes up to $2,000.
How it Works
Identify a real world problem
Examine the world around you, you'll soon start to see there are problems everywhere in our world waiting to be solved.
Develop your innovation
Research your target customer or user and develop an original solution that specifically solves the problem you've identified.
Communicate and submit
Communicate your ideas to the judges by submitting your entry online, using our template worksheets and video. Be creative!
Finalists and Awards Night
The finalists are selected and the awards evening is held. Join your fellow innovators and be inspired by our world-class keynote speakers!
Win internships and cash!
Our young innovators win valuable internship experiences with some of the Bay's top innovative businesses plus their share of thousands in cash prizes.
Are you up to the challenge?
Have your say now and vote in the People's Choice Awards!
Entries have now closed!
Congrats to all who entered YiA
Watch this space! We'll be accepting registrations shortly.
yia! Awards Night - New Date Announced
August 31, 2021Learn More
yia! welcomes Brian Glynn as head judge for 2021
June 22, 2021Learn More
Students say yia! and YES to breakfast at UoW
June 18, 2021Learn More
Internship insight, Phoebe Watson
June 17, 2021Learn More
To create a platform to pair volunteers with elderly people who need to remain in isolationSee morePlay Video
To create a device and app to help track moles at homeSee morePlay Video
To develop an efficient contactless paring system for doctors/patients, on the arrival of patients at medical centresSee morePlay Video
Piper Gregory, Elise Oxenham, Stephanie Samson
A mask cover to add an extra layer of protection from catching Covid-19 wearing a surgical maskSee morePlay Video
Want to win world-class internship and cash prize?
Be inspired by our finalists and their amazing innovations!
Have your say in the People's Choice Awards, coming soon!
Meet the 2021 Judges
Entrepreneur & Venture ScoutSee More
Hiria Te Rangi
Kaiwhakahaere (CEO)See More
Bay of Plenty District Health Board
Portfolio ManagerSee More
Senior Director, Business DevelopmentSee More