Are you the next young innovator?
Young Innovator Awards creates tomorrow’s innovators by offering a hands-on, learn-by-doing experiences. 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 students get blown away by the innovation happening right here in the Bay
April 12, 2019Learn More
Internships Inspire YiA Students
March 15, 2019Learn More
YiA Website gets a refresh...
March 8, 2019Learn More
YiA Winners of 2018
September 5, 2018Learn More
Abbey Crawford and Skye Lunson-Storey
Tauranga Girls' College
Gender-neutral clothing, sustainably made from the waste fabric and offcuts produced by the fashion/textile industry.See morePlay Video
Freda Prak and Jess Nicholson
A sustainable bio-degradable bottle for cold liquids.See morePlay Video
An app that allows the user to view online garments on their body before buying.See morePlay Video
Madison Sykes, Abbey Herbison, Callie-Jay Dobbs, Gabriella Eaton, Ashley Cundy
Tauranga Girls' College
LED strips to assist dyslexic students in reading and writing by using coloured overlays to relax the brain, allowing it to interpret information more easily. The team took home $2000 and invaluabe work experience with Bluelab, Beca and Woods.See 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 2019 Judges
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