Two Kiwis will be jetting off to Sir Richard Branson's Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa after winning international awards.
Auckland's The Mind Lab was named best start-up at the Talent Unleashed Awards, which were set up by Australian recruitment company Talent International to recognise Asia-Pacific technology talent.
Founder Frances Valintine has won a week at the Branson centre.
The judges of the awards included Branson and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
The people's choice award went to David Hillier, of Littlelot, who won one of the six prizes of a week at the Branson centre.
Littlelot lets people download computer and mobile screensavers that are sponsored by businesses that want to promote their brands and which pay a small amount to charity in return for the exposure.
Valintine set up The Mind Lab last year to educate students and teachers in digital technologies such as robotics, film-making and 3-D modelling. It runs a variety of courses and holiday programmes.
Unitec has formed a joint venture with the business and uses it to offer a postgraduate certificate in digital and collaborative learning.
The chief executive of industry body NZTech, Candace Kinser, who was also a judge, said The Mind Lab was replicable and had hit a sweet spot in how its courses were run and their format.
"They are addressing a gap in the education system, getting young kids through to teenagers fully immersed and engaged in the use of technology and learning," Kinser said.
"Unfortunately, we have a long way to go in the public education system in getting kids interested in robotics and programming and those sorts of activities."