Philips Innovation Award to Host May 18th Virtual Grand Final

Philips Innovation Award to Host May 18th Virtual Grand Final

Rotterdam, Netherlands – April 30, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15th edition of the Philips Innovation Award in Rotterdam is canceled as a physical event. However, the largest student entrepreneurship competition in the Netherlands will continue its innovative journey with the all-new Virtual Grand Final.

“Sadly, the circumstances dictate that we alter our annual Grand Final during these difficult times,” said Emile Fauquenot, representing the board of the Philips Innovation Award. “This decision enables us to focus on guaranteeing the health and wellbeing of all attendees, whilst creating interesting and valuable content for viewers and media exposure for our startup participants.”

The Grand Final of the Philips Innovation Award will be re-imagined as a virtual event. The show will be live streamed on Philips Innovation Awards’ website,, at 19:30 on the 18th of May 2020 and a 10-minute compilation will be broadcasted on RTL Z on the following dates: 25th of May (9:15), 26th of May (17:45), 28th of May (16:15).

The Virtual Grand Final will be an innovative show, broadcasted live from a studio using Augmented Reality (AR) technology. On the evening of May 18th, it will be decided which of the eight finalists have the most brilliant and innovative idea based on their live pitches. During the show, an intriguing speaker will share their experience with entrepreneurship and innovation. In the end, the jury, chaired by CEO of Royal Philips, Frans van Houten, will decide who will win the Innovator Award worth €50.000,- and Rough Diamond Award worth €10.000,-.

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