2021 Innovation Excellence Awards

Unfortunately, entries for this year have now closed. Please check back to see the 2021 winners when they’re announced in April.
Entries for next year’s awards will open in January 2022.

About the Innovation Excellence Awards

Every year, institutions submit their product or service innovations from within the past year for consideration. The judging panel then assesses innovation submissions based on a sophisticated ratings methodology unique to Canstar. Canstar’s Innovation Excellence Award winners represent a select group of innovative products within the financial services industry that have been reviewed, assessed and deemed to be award winners.


2021 Award key dates

Submissions open: 11 January, 2021

Submissions close: 19 February, 2021

Winners announced: April 2021


How to apply

Unfortunately, entries for this year have now closed. Please check back to see the 2021 winners when they’re announced in April. Entries for next year’s awards will open in January 2022.

If you have any questions or enquiries about the submission process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at updates@canstar.com.au.


2021 Award categories open for application include:

Consumer lending

Everyday banking

General insurance

Home loans

Life insurance

KiwiSaver

Wealth and investing

Payment solutions

Digital solution

Customer experience

Business banking

Social initiative

FinTech

PropTech

How to impress the judges

When assessing innovations, our judges look for the following qualities:

  • The impact the innovation will have on improving or affecting a consumer’s day-to-day life
  • How the innovation stands out from products already available in the NZ market
  • What gives the innovation wow factor
  • If the innovation is accessible, easy to understand and/or affordable?

What types of products are evaluated for the Innovation Excellence Awards

  • Payment technology
  • Wealth products
  • Lending products
  • Business banking products and services
  • Investing services and apps
  • Deposit accounts
  • General insurance products and services
  • Community and social initiatives

Recent Innovation Excellence Award winners