About the Massey Innovation Prize

The Massey Innovation Prize is awarded by Massey Ventures Ltd to Massey University staff and students with innovative ideas that show commercial potential.


Academic staff, general staff and students can submit their idea, innovation, or technology through the competition portal or via email. Massey Ventures works with the shortlisted entries to refine their idea and develop an Investment Pitch.

The finalists are invited to present their idea to a panel of judges. The expert judging panel will assess the finalists and select the idea they think has the greatest commercial potential.


The winner of the Massey Innovation Prize receives $50,000 seed investment to develop their idea further, with potential access to additional investment of $250,000 through the pre-seed accelerator fund.


If more than one entry shows commercial potential, Massey Ventures may offer additional investment to other applicants with promising ideas, innovations, or technologies.

How to Enter​


Submit your Massey Innovation Prize entry using the online form (link below). Answer all questions about your ideas to the best of your ability. The Massey Ventures team are always happy to help you with this. Successful applicants will be notified of the next steps.

Entries will open in Semester 2

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Entry Criteria

  • The Massey Innovation Prize is open to entries from all Massey staff and students within the University.

  • There are no restrictions on the number of applicants, provided at least one applicant is currently a student or staff at Massey University.

  • Individuals or teams can submit more than one entry.

  • Ideas that have already received investment from Massey Ventures are ineligible. However, novel applications of ideas that have already received funding from Massey Ventures are eligible.

  • The entry deadline is yet to be announced, but will be in semester 2, 2022.


The Massey Innovation Prize is a competition for staff and students to test their big idea.


The winning entry receives $50,000 of seed investment to further develop their idea.