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Nominees announced for 2017 Dutch Innovation Prizes



Since 2006, the research institute Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation (formerly known as INSCOPE) has been conducting the Erasmus Competition and Innovation Monitor survey among companies in the Netherlands. The annual survey is directed by Henk W. Volberda, Professor of Strategic Management and Business Policy at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). This year’s Erasmus Competition and Innovation Monitor forms the point of departure for nine nominations in three categories for the 2017 Dutch Innovation Prizes.

The awards for three categories will be presented:

  • Most Innovative Company in the Netherlands 2017;
  • Social Impact Award 2017;
  • Most Innovative Region in the Netherlands 2017.

The 2017 edition introduces two new categories: the Social Impact Award and the ‘Most Innovative Region in the Netherlands’. The Social Impact Award recognises a company’s outstanding contributions to solutions for issues in society, through the introduction of innovations. The Most Innovative Region in the Netherlands highlights which Dutch region is home to companies that perform well above the national average in terms of innovative capacity.

Nominees per category

Companies and regions were nominated for the 2017 Dutch Innovation Prizes based on the results of the 2017 Erasmus Competition and Innovation Monitor, desk research and interviews, for which some 10,000 firms were invited to take part in. The companies were randomly selected from a database that is based on data from the Dutch Chambers of Commerce. A random selection is a requirement for a representative sample. These invitations resulted in a total of around 1,100 responses. Various tests showed the results are representative of multiple characteristics. The responses formed the basis for 2017’s list of nominees.

  • The nominees in the category ‘Most Innovative Company in the Netherlands 2017’are: IBM Netherlands, Thales Netherlands and VanBerlo.
  • The nominees in the category ‘Social Impact Award 2017’ are: Avantes BV, ENGIE Services Netherlands and Plant-e.
  • The nominees in the category ‘Most Innovative Region in the Netherlands 2017’ are the regions: Noord-Holland, Central/Eastern Noord-Brabant and Drenthe/Achterhoek/Twente.

On 31 October 2017, three winners will be presented with the awards during the 2017 Dutch Innovation Prizes event at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen. This event is a new format presented by Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to draw attention to innovation within the Dutch economy and society.

A full version of the report can be found here

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