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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.

Selection committee

Thomas Andersson - Chairman of the board, International Entrepreneurship Academy
Sigmar Lampe - European Patent and Trademark Attorney, Conseil en Propriété Industrielle, chargé de valorisation, University of Luxembourg
Mamohloding Tlhagale - Director: Strategic Partnerships, Department of Science and Technology - Republic of South Africa
Constantine Vaitsas - Deputy Head, International Cooperation Unit, PRAXI / HELP-FORWARD Network
Jesper Vasell - Head of Department, Innovation Office West Chalmers, Chalmers University of Technology


Several sponsorship opportunities remain open for the summit.

You can design and sponsor your own award (e.g. Innovation in advanced manufacturing / Innovation in energy efficiency / Most innovative SME / Best woman entrepreneur) or sponsor our gala dinner.

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For inquiries please contact Isabel Ortega at
or call +32 (0) 2304 7577.

Former winners / Success stories
Victor Henning, CEO of Mendeley,winner of the ICT Award in 2012.Mendeley was acquired by Elsevier for £45M in 2013.
Sabine Bahn, co-founder of Psynova Neurotech, winner of the Life Sciences Award in 2011. Psynova Neurotech was acquired by it Rules-Based Medicine, which itself was acquired by Myriad Genetics.
Yoram Valent, founder and CEO GridON, winner of the GE Smart Grid Award in 2011. GridON installed and commissioned a new fault current limiter at the UK Power Networks in Newhaven.
Gandert Van Raemdonck, CTO of Ephicas, winner of the Fast Start Award in 2008. Ephicas was acquired by WABCO Holdings Inc. in September 2012.


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