Christchurch company Invert Robotics has been recognised by the Government for its innovative work and business plan in the start-up space.

Invert Robotics was today announced as the winner of’s ”flying start business plan” competition.

Minister for Small Business John Banks congratulated the company for creating a world leading inspection solution for dairy factories and other users of stainless steel equipment.

Invert Robotics’ remotely-operated climbing robots replace the existing abseil method, providing an accurate and safer way of inspecting dairy equipment.

The wall-climbing robots check the equipment for damage. The robot films as it travels, which means the footage can be replayed for more thorough checking.

The company is one of a number of start-ups that has received backing from powerHouse Ventures, a public/private partnership between the Canterbury Development Corporation, the region’s tertiary and research institutions and private investors. It initially gained traction at the University of Canterbury.

“Invert Robotics is a prime example of the innovation that is thriving in New Zealand’s small and medium businesses,” Banks said.

Banks also announced Wellington firm Im-Able Ltd as the winner of an ANZ Exporter prize. Im-Able develops and sells systems that accelerate the recovery of arm movements, balance and cognition for those affected by stroke.

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