Innovation Award 2018

Innovation Award 2018 - win DKK 50.000

VIA invites all students at higher education institutions in Denmark to audition for the annual Innovation Award
The award will be delivered on April 24, 2018 at the annual “Forskningens Døgn” event. Pitches can be delivered in English – both in the application process and at the award show. However, Forskningens Døgn and the Innovation Award show will be held in Danish. Also, if your project is selected for further communication training, courses are in Danish.

About the Innovation Award 2018

  • Background

    Innovation is crucial in developing all areas of our society.

    By hosting an innovation award for students, VIA University College pays tribute to young talents and supports the realization of innovative ideas, which help develop our society.
    The Innovation Award 2018 is organized in cooperation with: Connect Denmark and Forskningens Døgn.

  • The assignment

    To participate you need an innovative idea for a product or solution that benefits society. 
    You can find inspiration by looking at the challenges you’ve experienced during your studies, practice placements or clinical practice. 

    Your project is evaluated by a specialist jury, who looks at both the degree of innovation, and on whether your idea accommodates future societal challenges. The jury also looks at whether your project can be realized in the foreseeable future. 
  • Theme

    How does today’s youth handle the challenges of the future?
    'Children and youth of the future' is the theme at VIAs ‘Forskningens Døgn’ event, which will be held on April 24, 2018, at VIA Campus Aarhus C.

    The Innovation Prize is awarded on the day of Forskningens Døgn and contributes to the theme by focusing on how today's youth tackles the challenges of the future.

    However, participants for the Innovation Award are not expected to include the theme in their project pitch.
  • How to participate

    All students attending a higher education in Denmark can participate. Deadline is March 1th 2018. 

    All students attending a higher education in Denmark can participate in the Innovation Award.

    To participate, you need to:

    1. Make a short written description of your idea (max 2000 characters). Describe your idea, to whom it is addressed and how you believe it can be realized economically.
    2. Make a video of your project idea (max 2 min.) in which you briefly outline the main concept of your idea, how it accommodates future challenges for society and how it can be realized.

    Your name, education and project title must appear on all material. 

    This year, there will be even more focus on feasibility which means that the best projects will be guided and helped to develop and optimize their project up until the final. 

    Deadline for participation is 1st of March. 

  • Evaluation criteria

    Criteria on which the selection will be based.

    When selecting the best ideas for this years’ Innovation Award the following four criteria are equally weighted:

    Evaluation criteria: 

    1. Degree of innovation
    2. The idea accommodates future problems and challenges for society
    3. The idea is realisable
    4. The idea/project is economically coherent
  • How to apply

    Complete the application form and upload your project description and video presentation online.

    The online application form opens on the 1st of January 2018.

    Deadline for uploading your application is 1st of March.

  • Reward and nomination

    This years rewards are:
    • 1st award DKK 50.000 + Springboard® session by CONNECT Denmark.
    • 2nd award DKK 20.000 + Pitch Springboard session by CONNECT Denmark
    • 3rd award  DKK 10.000 + Pitch-training by CONNECT Denmark

    The aim from CONNECT Denmark is to help the students optimizing their projects, and making them more realizable. You can read more about the services on their website (webside only in Danish).
    The nomination process extends over a longer period where you as a participant will be able to discuss and enhance the qualifications of your idea so you have the best possible conditions for the realization of your idea later. 

    • Step 1: Deadline is March 1st 2018
    • Step 2: March 7th 2018, the 20 best ideas will be announced. They will be contacted directly.
    • Step 3: From March 7th 2018 to March 22th 2018, the 20 best ideas will have the opportunity to get electronically feedback and coaching from VIAs own experts from Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the purpose of improving the ideas.
    • Step 4: On the 22th of March they participants will have the opportunity of uploading an optimized video after feedback from VIA’s student incubator representatives.
    • Step 5: From March 23th 2018 to March 27th 2018, there will be held a competition on Facebook, where everyone can vote on the best idea/ideas they wish to see in the finals.
    • Step 6: On March 28th 2018, the 10 finalists will be announced. They have been selected on the basis of the Facebook voting and on the basis of a professional jury (50% each).
    • Step 7: The 10 finalists will participate in a workshop held by CONNECT Denmark to prepare for the finals. The workshop consists of sales-pitch training, feedback on the idea, networking, help to make the idea realizable etc.
    • Step 8: The finals will be held on April 24th 2017.
  • Questions

    If you have any questions, please contact: 
    René Dybdal Pedersen
    Project manager
  • Fine print

    • The cash prize is taxable.
    • Deadline for participation is March 1st 2018. The 20 best ideas will no later than the 7th of March 2018 be contacted directly by the Jury.
    • The idea must have been developed by no one else than your own group. The jury that picks the 20 best ideas will check this.
    • All participants must be enrolled in a higher education in Denmark. 
    • In the event of, that you are chosen as one of the 10 nominees you are obliged to present your idea at the final April 24th and to participate in the workshop in week 16. 
    • It is allowed to enter the competition with more than one project idea.
    • By participating in the competition you commit to partake in any interviews and photos, that extern press or VIA’s Communication Department demand. 
    • If your project is nominated, VIA University College reserves the right to use your project idea in marketing regards and in VIA’s written and electronic media, both internally and externally.