Auror founders named winners of EY Entrepreneur of the Year award


To say we are proud would be an understatement.

A massive congratulations to Founders Tom Batterbury, James Corbett and Phil Thomson for being named Aotearoa New Zealand Entrepreneurs of the Year. To their families, teammates, and extended village, you're absolutely crushing it! Auror continues to go from strength to strength. This award is a true testament to the companies values, worth ethic and great leadership.

We have pulled together a few quotes from judges, colleagues, and the founders themselves to highlight their feelings and celebrate this incredible achievement.

Head judge for the category

Vaughan Fergusson captured what the team are so proud of perfectly. - “What impressed us was the work they are doing to make the world a better place, and because the tool has been in use across multiple countries for a number of years, they had some really amazing stats to demonstrate the impact they’re making. - “By changing the way we prevent crime, they are making people feel safer in the workplace and community, and that’s a really good thing. What’s exciting is that as Auror further establishes itself in bigger markets like the US.”

Auror's VP of People Experience

Kirsti Grant - "A little over 5 years ago I met Phil Thomson, Tom Batterbury, and James Corbett and was immediately captivated by their vision for Auror. I feel incredibly honoured to be a part of the team and being there to see them win this award is absolutely on the list of highlights during my time here. I am so proud of them, and the whole Auror team and I am SO motivated to continue helping to build a company that NZ can be proud of."


Phil Thomson - " It was an honour to share the stage with my two co-founders, Tom Batterbury and James Corbett, and reflect on what we've built and achieved over the last 10 years and what's to come.

This is also incredible recognition for our global team of 100+ amazing humans and the work they do to turn our initial vision into reality! We've built a team that we are proud of and we thank everyone for being an integral part of the journey and believing in and dedicating yourselves to making positive change for our communities.

The true champions are often behind the scenes, and for us, our amazing wives have been our biggest supporters while also keeping us humble and grounded on our journey. They're also doing the real hard yards with 7 kids 3 and under - creating the next generation of world changing entrepreneurs.

How cool to take a moment and reflect on what we've achieved so far and imagine what's to come. We have a massive global opportunity to reshape the world and we're excited to do it with all of you - our family, team, and supporters by our side."


November 9th 2022, NZ Herald - Auror founders named winners of EY Entrepreneur of the Year award

Written bY
GD1 Team



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