Pushpay is Hi-Tech company of the Year

Frances Valintine is 2017 Flying Kiwi

Pushpay is the big winner at the 2017 Hi-Tech Awards in Auckland, claiming the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year category and the IBM Innovative Company award.

Over 900 people attended the awards ceremony, which celebrates the successes of New Zealand hi-tech companies across 13 categories and to recognise the 2017 Flying Kiwi, Frances Valintine.

Frances Valintine, chair of the MindLab by Unitec and founder of the Tech Futures Lab.
Frances Valintine, chair of the MindLab by Unitec and founder of the Tech Futures Lab.

Frances Valintine is founder and chair of the MindLab by Unitec and founder of the Tech Futures Lab.

In selecting Pushpay as the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year, the international judges said, “Pushpay was first to recognise a worldwide unserved market need: credit and collections help for churches and charities.

“They have combined hi-tech with an innovative business model and quickly gained impressive traction both locally and in America; as a result they are now in a strong position to dominate those markets even as they diversify their product line towards more conventional commercial customers.

“Pushpay is solidly profitable and a truly great example of nimble, fast-moving Kiwi innovation."


Another big winner is RedShield Security, garnering two awards – the Duncan Cotterill Innovative Software Product Award and the Kiwibank Innovative Services Award.

The judges remarked, “We were impressed with RedShield’s proprietary, patent-pending technology.

“RedShield uses a clever combination of security shields and consulting services to protect and mask clients’ security vulnerabilities and extend the life of their complex, high-value web applications.

This approach allows fast, secure deployment, whilst the underlying security flaws in clients' core applications can be addressed over time. RedShield's IP is a complex set of algorithms and processes, which scan and shield web-apps to address both technical and business logic vulnerabilities.”

The Hi-Tech Awards judges, said the calibre of this year’s entrants was at all-time high, making the job of selecting winners exceedingly challenging for the more than 50 local and international judges who assessed entrants across the 13 award categories.

The 2017 NZ Hi-Tech Award winners are:

2017 Flying Kiwi and inductee into the Tait Communications Hi-Tech Hall of Fame

Frances Valintine

Frances Valintine at the 'Women in Tech: Breaking Stereotypes' panel discussion #TechWeek17
Frances Valintine at the 'Women in Tech: Breaking Stereotypes' panel discussion #TechWeek17

Xero Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award

Winner: Aliesha Staples

Highly commended: Kendall Flutey

Qual IT Best Hi-Tech Solution for the Public Sector Award

Winner: Orion Health & HealthOne

IBM Innovative Company of the year Award

Winner: Pushpay

ATEED Best Hi-Tech Solution for the Creative Sector Award

Winner: Shotover Camera Systems

Callaghan Innovation Hi-Tech Maori Innovation Award

Winner: Biolytix

Duncan Cotterill Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product Award

Winner: RedShield Security

Endace Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award

Winner: Adherium

Kiwibank Most Innovative Hi-Tech Services Award

Winner: RedShield Security

Highly commended: Navilluso Medical

NZTE Best Hi-Tech Solution for the Agritech Sector Award

Winner: Compac

Quick Circuit Most Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Award

Winner: oDocs EyeCare

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year

Winner: Latipay

Coretex Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year

Winner: Timely

PwC NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year Award

Winner: Pushpay

Wayne Norrie, chair of the NZ Hi-Tech Trust
Wayne Norrie, chair of the NZ Hi-Tech Trust


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