A programme packed with innovation
Last week, the 11th edition of the Accenture Innovation Summit gathered the best Dutch innovators, startups, corporates and more for a programme of top-notch speakers and innovative ideas. The main aim of the programme was to connect and drive innovation between corporates and startups. The event concluded with the ceremony for the Accenture Innovation Awards.
“Startups change the game every day. We better start working together – startups and corporates – to change the game together,” said Manon van Beek, Accenture Netherlands’ managing country director. “It’s basically kind of like romance. If you are doing it alone, you’re probably not doing it right.”
An intense selection process
After months of deliberation, over 750 innovations were narrowed down to 55 finalists across 12 different themes. Each theme had its own unique jury of 10-15 in-the-know stakeholders. And despite the judges’ expertise and experience, they had their work cut out for them this year. “We are seeing more diversity and more creativity,” said Prince Constantijn van Oranje – StartupDelta’s special envoy.”I think the energy here is huge.”
Each of the 12 winning companies won a whopping €25,000 worth of services and products from Accenture’s partners. “With the Accenture Innovation Awards, we want to support innovative entrepreneurs to further expand their solutions,” said Van Beek.
Amsterdam startups win big
Companies located in Amsterdam won four of the sought-after awards. GoodShipping – for example – picked up the Clean & Affordable Energy award. The company aims to reduce carbon emissions in the shipping industry with its renewable-fuel solution.
There’s also Nxchange, winner of the Financial Services Reinvented award. From their office on the Herengracht, they’ve started a new generation of stock exchange, enabling direct trading between companies and investors – all without involving a bank or broker.
Magnitude Space picked up the Intelligent Enterprise award. The Amsterdam-based company’s low-power global area network delivers global connectivity for IoT-related and sensor-based devices from their very own satellite network.
Find out more about the other winning startups on the Accenture Innovation Awards website.