Global Innovation Award

Application deadline: 18 July 2014
Website/nominate: Global Innovation Award

Description: The Global Innovation Award aims to recognise the most innovative start-ups outside the EU that bring new technologies, products or services to market. 

Why apply?
  • Showcase your company in front of the EU innovation community
  • Pitch your business to the EU’s innovation leaders
  • Meet with investors to better understand their investment strategies
  • Get advice & feedback from experts dedicated to helping start-ups grow
  • Share best practices & exchange ideas with other finalists at The Innovation Connection
What do finalists get?
  • Invitation (all expenses covered) to The Innovation Connection, the Science|Business annual summit, on 7 October 2014 in Berlin, Germany
  • Live training session on the eve of the summit with professional coaches from German software multinational SAP to help them shape an “elevator-pitch”
  • Unique opportunity to connect with blue-chip companies and potential investors
  • Targeted media exposure to raise visibility within the EU innovation community 
Rules of participation
  • Nominated start-ups must be formed outside the 28 EU member states, G8 member states and FP7 associated countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzigovina, Faroe Islands, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey).
  • The start-ups must have been legally formed after 1 January 2011.
  • Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by e.g. academics, researchers, incubators, VCs etc.
Judging process and quality criteria

Winners are selected through a two-step judging process. In July 2014, a high-level selection committee will review the nominations and shortlist finalists. The Global Innovation Award finalists will then be invited to join the Science|Business annual summit on 7 October in Berlin to present their company in a 3-minute “elevator-pitch” to the jury and the summit audience.

The award will be given to the winner who, in the opinion of the judges, has created the most promising start-up. When reaching their decisions, the judges will take into account the novelty of the research, the risks involved, the business progress to date including, but not limited to, revenues, asset or company sales and IP generated, evidence of fundraising and partnerships, the market potential of the technology or innovation and the potential impact on society.