C-Prize 2019

Empowering New Zealand's next generation of environmental innovators

C-Prize is a competition run by Callaghan Innovation that seeks to push the boundaries of what’s possible through technology.

This year we’re looking for teams with world-leading innovative solutions to environmental problems.

C-Prize 2019 teams will compete for exciting cash prize packages, access to expert R&D and business advice, and significant international market exposure (more to be announced soon).

The deadline for C-Prize 2019 entries is Sunday 8 December 2019.

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About C-Prize

C-Prize challenges New Zealand innovators to use new technologies to tackle complex global problems with creativity and inventiveness. Read more

The C-Prize 2019 challenge

The 2019 Challenge

This year the challenge is even bigger.  We want innovative tech-based solutions that can change environmental outcomes. Read more

Live with the C-Prize team

Some of our team were live on Facebook recently. They talked about this year’s challenge, provided tips for entrants and answered questions.

Enter now!

The deadline for entries is 8 December 2019. Enter online now

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Top tips for a winning entry

To help you with your entry submission, we have put together some key tips to maximise your chances of making it to the next phase:

1. Make it clear

Make sure your entry is succinct, clear and easy to understand. Give a clear summary of the environmental problem your solution is trying to solve and how it will positively impact climate change, fresh clean water or our resources – provide the evidence for this within your entry.

2. Can you prove it?

Demonstrate how your solution will have a positive environmental impact by detailing the benefits, backed up with hard evidence, especially statistical and measurable results.

3. Show us your passion

Highlight to the judges why your team is the right team to compete for C-Prize, tell us about the skills within your team, and showcase your passion for the environment, innovation and technology.    

4. Invest your time wisely

Submitting an entry can be extremely time-consuming, so invest your time wisely and schedule time in your diary so you can do it justice.

5. Check it!

Check your entry once, twice and a third time before submitting. We also recommend getting someone else to check it too!

Meet our judges!

Recently we announced that the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard and Angel Association New Zealand’s Executive Director Suse Reynolds were joining the C-Prize 2019 judging team.

We’re pleased to let you know they’ll be joined by Sean Molloy, founder and CEO of leading circular economy process technology company, Avertana and Callaghan Innovation’s own Conrad Lendrum, Group Manager Advanced Materials from our Research and Technical Services team.   

Read more about our judges and stand-by for further announcements.

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