Entry Guidelines - Champion Innovation

ChristchurchNZ Champion Innovation Award

Recognises dynamic businesses demonstrating a product, service or business model innovation, that has been developed and applied to improve commercial performance, operational effectiveness or customer engagement. These businesses are linked into the innovation eco-system and are staunch community advocates of innovation to drive the Canterbury economy.


Question 1: STRATEGY – What role does innovation play in your business strategy and planning?
Word Count: Maximum 500

Things to consider:

  • What framework and/or tools do you use in your strategic planning?
  • How do you go about identifying opportunities?
  • Outline the goals you set and the strategies you created to achieve them.
  • Describe any risks you identified and how you managed these.

Question 2: EXECUTION - Tell us about the execution of your strategies.  How did you go about implementing innovation? Word count: Maximum 500

Things to consider:

  • Tell us about how you went about executing your strategies.
  • What challenges, if any, did you experience during implementation and how did you manage these?
  • How were your team involved in the roll out of these strategies?
  • In what ways did you show effective leadership and management?
  • What lessons did you learn during execution and how have they influenced what you do now?

Question 3: PERFORMANCE & IMPACT – What impact has innovation had on your business, and what measurable results have been achieved?  Tell us about the positive impact your innovative practices have had on the business, products/services, staff, customers and our region.
Word count: Maximum 500

Things to consider:

  • What changes occurred to products and/or services?
  • How have you optimised innovation and improved operational excellence?
  • Talk us through the types of business growth and improvements you experienced (e.g. productivity, market share, revenue, profitability, employee satisfaction).
  • Share any testimonials or feedback you received from employees, clients and/or business partners.
  • Tell us about any rewards and recognition that you have received.

Question 4: RECOGNITION - Summarise in no more than 3 bullet points why you deserve recognition for this category. Word count: Maximum 500



  • Strategy 10
  • Execution 10
  • Performance and Impact 10
  • Recognition 5

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