Business awards season

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It's that time of year. Not quite christmas, but it would certainly feel like it if your businesses wins a prize in one of these competitions - yep, it's business awards season!

Entrepreneurs Challenge

The Entrepreneurs Challenge offers up to $1 million of investment in growth-oriented SMEs. The winners get:

  • Access to low cost capital at very favourable loan terms to help facilitate your growth
  • The opportunity to work with The Entrepreneurs Challenge Investment Committee to get expert feedback
  • Mentoring from highly experienced and successful entrepreneurs and business executives

If this sounds like something that your SME would benefit from, head to for more info.

Innovators Awards

The New Zealand Innovators Awards aim to recognise and celebrate innovative, high-growth New Zealand organisations. The awards have helped organisations across many industry sectors get connected to a wide range of partners, multinational organisations, and private investors searching for great Kiwi companies to work with.

Entries for this year's awards are now open, which means they are seeking Kiwi innovators, innovations, and organisations that have invested in developing new products, services and ventures, as well as improving the performance of their people and teams. For more info, visit


Appearing in 32 countries around the world, the NZ Deloitte Fast 50 is now celebrating its 15th year recognising New Zealand's fastest growing and most exciting companies. With a number of celebrations, awards and networking events throughout the year, this is an adventure not to be missed!

Companies who have experienced exciting growth can enter any of the several categories through an easy online form. Then, the National Category winners, Rising Star winner, and the actual index ranking of the Fast 50 companies is saved for the Festival of Fast Growth Day and Wrap party at Auckland's Villa Maria in November.

Make the list and you can expect a fun year of events in store for this year's trailblazing businesses as Deloitte uncovers New Zealand's fastest growing companies who are really going places!

Check out more details here:

Westpac Growth Grants

Westpac has recently launched an initiative called growth grants. The aim is to identify and support up to 10 SMEs with clear growth plans.

The overall winner will receive a prize worth $50,000, made up of a $40,000 cash injection to help cover their spending and a further $10,000 worth of advertising. In addition, all top 10 businesses will receive expert business consultancy and the 6 finalists will travel to the Nurture Change Business Retreat in Fiji. For more info, see our blog post here.