Jamie Beaton takes out the Young Kiwi Innovator Award

Another feather in young entrepreneur Jamie Beaton’s cap

Jamie Beaton, CEO and co-founder of the edutech company Crimson Education, took out a top award at the 2016 New Zealand Innovation Awards last night.

Beaton was named New Zealand’s top Young Innovator at a glittering ceremony at Auckland’s Sky City which saw over 700 entrepreneurs, innovators and business people gathered to hear all about local organisations and individuals who are producing some of the world’s game changing innovations.

Crimson’s data-driven education model that’s geared towards self-improvement relies on tutoring from experts in their field, and mentoring students to achieve their learning goals. Acquiring Angel investor capital of NZD$1.4 million to launch, Crimson Education, the company recently secured $US 30M during a recent Series B funding round which will continue to see the company expand its personalised education offerings, globally.

 Jamie believes in the power of personalised education to stretch a student’s learning beyond the classroom. Learning outside the classroom meant Jamie could master a breadth of subjects and at an accelerated pace. His results-driven methodology is appealing to students, parents and investors. This year Jamie graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics and a Masters in Applied Math. He is a driven, energetic negotiator and likes to make things happen. Watch Jamie’s winner’s interview here.

As an organisation seeking to recognise New Zealand’s innovators and bring their stories to life through interactive experiences, Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) is delighted to sponsor the Young NZ Innovator category.

MOTAT’s GM of Museum Experience and an evaluator for the 2016 NZ Innovation Awards, Malcolm Anderson, was impressed by the applications he assessed. “MOTAT’s vision is to inspire a new generation of creators so it’s amazing to experience first-hand how Kiwi innovation is thriving,” he says.

“This is another remarkable achievement for Jamie Beaton and we congratulate the entire Crimson Education team. Their success is an inspiration,” says Mr Anderson. “We commend all the finalists in our category, youngsters like Jamie who are conceptualising and implementing their ground-breaking ideas, products and services across a wide range of industries.”

The finalists for the sought-after Young NZ Innovator accolade included those working on cutting-edge projects ranging from virtual reality and robotics to complex pollen research, advanced coding and even a wave generating simulator.

Winners in the New Zealand Innovation Awards 2016 demonstrate that “as a country we are growing up”, says NZ Innovation Council CEO Louise Webster. “We are moving away from the no.8 wire culture of old, to a new world where resources, partnerships and funding are seen as essential in helping kiwi companies launch on a world stage and commercialise their innovations globally.”

For more information about the New Zealand Innovation Awards and partners, please go to www.innovationawards.org.nz

  • Jamie Beaton from Crimson Education, Harvard Graduate

For further information, photos, or interview opportunities please contact:

Vanessa Hefer
Communications Advisor
Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
Phone: (09) 845 3703
Mobile: (021) 340 518

Louise Webster
CEO NZ Innovation Council
Phone: (09) 6368269
Mobile: (021) 484208



The 2016 Young NZ Innovator finalists were:

  • Alejandro Davila - Conical (VR Studio)/Colab, Auckland
  • Alistair Scarfe - Robotics Plus, Bay of Plenty
  • Jamie Beaton - Crimson Education, Auckland
  • Katherine Holt - Massey University, Wanganui
  • Kerman Kohli - The App Shop, Auckland
  • Ross McCarthy - Airwave Ltd, Otago

The Idea Collective is MOTAT's newest contemporary innovation space and is a dynamic, evolving and collaborative project. It brings together a diverse set of innovators, artists, designers, and technologists to create exciting displays and experiences that celebrate New Zealand's vibrant innovation culture. The Idea Collective is open 10am – 5pm daily and MOTAT general admission fees apply.