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Nominations Still Open For New Technology

Nominations Still Open For New Technology Commendations (10 May 2000)

New Zealand’s innovative businesses still have time to submit their nominations for the country’s new Technology Commendations.

The Technology commendations recognise and celebrate companies that have grown their business and benefited the economy through the successful, commercial adoption of innovative technology. An initiative by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, the Commendations were launched earlier this year.

“These awards promote the link between innovative technology and commercial success we hope they will encourage businesses to adopt innovative technology,”

said Dr Steve Thompson, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

“So far the response from New Zealand businesses has been overwhelming.”

Enquiries have come from Dunedin right through to Tauranga, from businesses whose activities range from sports goods and marketing to forestry and horticulture.

"The nomination and evaluation procedure is straightforward. We want nominations from innovative companies in all fields, not just from companies where the Foundation has provided financial or other assistance," Dr Thompson said.

“Any commercial organisation or company with a significant New Zealand presence, whose operations benefit the New Zealand economy, is eligible to apply for a Commendation. However, to be considered for a Commendation, they have to demonstrate the link between their commercial success and the adoption of innovative technology.”

Companies themselves can make an application, or can be nominated by other businesses or individuals, providing the nominated company’s chief executive signs the nomination form.

The Foundation will continue to accept nominations until May 19th.

For further information:

Foundation website www.frst.govt.nz or

Madeleine Setchell ph 04 498 7806, Mobile 025 40 60 40


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