Who made the NZ Hi-Tech Awards finalists list?

More than 40 companies named as finalists in this year's Hi-Tech Awards

Buckley Systems, Serko and Xero are vying for top honours in this year's Hi-Tech Awards.

The three companies were named as finalists in the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2013, along with finalists in 11 other award categories, yesterday evening.

Now in their 19th year, the awards are run by the New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust, a not for profit organisation aimed at promoting and supporting the technology industry. Organisers say there was a record number of entrants from companies across New Zealand. 

“This year’s finalists range from companies in their infancy through to some of our biggest and most high profile hi-tech companies. 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,” says Wayne Norrie, chair of the Hi-Tech Trust.

This year’s 12- member international judging line-up includes Apple founder Steve Wozniak; Craig Nevill-Manning, director of engineering for Google in New York; and Howard Charney, senior vice president for Cisco.

Winners in each category will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner to be held at SkyCity in Auckland on 17 May.

The finalists 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

MBIE Science, Skills and Innovation Group Hi-Tech Start up Company of the Year 2013

• BIMstop

• Carnival Labs

• Oritain Global

• RedSeed

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) Hi-Tech Pre-Commercialisation Company of the Year 2013

• Performance Labs

• Sensagrid

• Solar Bright

• Timely

• Trigger Happy

• Veritide

Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product 2013

• Carnival Labs

• CropLogic

• KlickEx

• Matakina Technology

• Vend

• Wynyard Group

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

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

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