Spark went on a nationwide search to find New Zealand’s most innovative 5G ideas. As a result, four leading-edge Kiwi businesses now have the opportunity to bring their winning solutions to life through the 5G Starter Fund.

Throughout the journey Spark provided support and resources to help guide all the entrants towards their goal of becoming one of the four winners. Now you can learn what got them here and watch their stories unfold, as they move into the development of their ideas.



Webinars on 5G

Watch the Verizon 5G webinar

We kicked off with a webinar with Joshua Ness, Senior Manager at Verizon 5G Lab New York. Watch it now for his world-leading insights on applying 5G technology.

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Get inspired about 5G opportunities

Watch Marcus Weldon, CTO of Nokia and President of Nokia Bell Labs. Marcus explains why he believes that 5G will bring about the 4th industrial revolution.

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Winners showcase

Six months after being named as winners of the Spark 5G Starter Fund, four innovative Kiwi businesses have launched their game-changing prototypes.

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Winners announced

Congratulations to the four innovative New Zealand businesses that have been selected as winners of Spark’s 5G Starter Fund.

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Next Gen Health

5G-enabled solutions that enable a step forward for the health and wellness of all New Zealanders.

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Industry Disruptors

5G-enabled technology that will fundamentally change the way we live, work and play.

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Immersive Experiences

5G-enabled technology that offers a new sensory, educational or entertainment experience.

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Good for New Zealand

5G-enabled solutions that improve the lives of Kiwis or build a more sustainable New Zealand.

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Tools and resources:

5G for you

5G has the potential to open up a world of new experiences that could change how we live, work, and play. Multiple streams, gaming revolutionised, immersive experiences.

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5G for business

We work with innovative New Zealand businesses to help them imagine the potential of what 5G will offer. Here are some exciting stories and journeys that we have been on.

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Launch & Announcement

8th March

Applications open

15th March to 28th June

Finalists Announced

27th July

Judging Starts

26th August

Winners Announced

4th September

Funding and the 5G Co-Lab testing

September to October

Winners fly to New York