VanBerlo, Plant-e and the North Holland region win 2017 Dutch Innovation Awards

The Erasmus Competition and Innovation Monitor, presented by research institute Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation (formerly known as INSCOPE) at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), was the foundation used to determine the categories and nominees for the 2017 Dutch Innovation Awards. This new format was created by Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to highlight innovation in Dutch society and the Dutch economy. Following the announcement of the list of nominees, the winners were announced during the Dutch Innovation Awards at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen on Tuesday, 31 October 2017.

Based on the 2017 Erasmus Competition and Innovation Monitor 2017, the winners are:

  • The winner in the most innovative business in the Netherlands category is VanBerlo, a company located in Eindhoven, offering its customers a wide range of solutions focused on boosting their capacity for innovation.
  • The winner in the social impact category is Plant-e, a Wageningen-based enterprise that develops products enabling living plants to generate electricity.
  • The winner in the most innovative region in the Netherlands category is the region of North Holland (postcode district 1000-1999).


The members of the jury for selecting the winners of the 2017 Dutch Innovation Awards were:


  • Lotte de Bruin – Director Nederland ICT
  • Thomas Grosfeld – Specialist in Innovation and Top Sector Policy of VNO-NCW (Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers)
  • Mariëtte Hamer – President of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands
  • Bertholt Leeftink – Director General Enterprise and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate
  • Piero Overmars – Board Member Goldschmeding Foundation
  • Frans van den Bosch – Professor of Management Interfaces between Organisations and Environment at RSM
  • Henk Volberda – Professor of Strategic Management & Business Policy at RSM (research leader and jury chair).


A detailed report can be viewed here (in Dutch).

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