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Our board and jury

The Philips Innovation Award has become a trajectory where each participant can profit from. By participating you will receive personal feedback and coaching, practice important skills and build a network. This all would not be possible without our vast network consisting of our partners, jury members, business panel and dedicated organisation committee.

OUR BOARD

Organisation

The Philips Innovation Award is an independent non-profit organisation that works in close cooperation with Philips and our other partners. The organisation of the Award is led by a Board consisting of seven dedicated students from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. The board works part-time on the organisation of the trajectory.

During the semi final and final, knowledgeable representatives of our partners also make up the jury which have the difficult task of selecting the best of the best startups. Next to the jury members, we have a business panel consisting of a large set of experts from different industries that will provide valuable feedback on the business plans handed in before the semi final. Learn more about our jury below.

 

Stijn van Ooijen

Chairman

Supervising all activities within the annual trajectory.

Lotte Vroege

Treasurer

Responsible for the annual budget and main point of contact for the partners.

Thijs Haverbeke

Sectretary

Supervising the annual cohort of startups, the Business Panel and the jury.

Elodie Haverhals

Media & Communications

Ensuring the (online) presence of the PHIA throughout the Netherlands.

Pepijn Meeter

Events

Responsible for the organisation of all major events in the trajectory.

Ilja van Engelen

Events

Responsible for the organisation of all major events in the trajectory.

Sin-Yi Willekes

Head Ambassador

Coordinating the ambassador network of the PHIA and head scout for the annual cohort.

Community

Graduate Entrepreneur

Graduate Entrepreneur is matching, funding and guiding the best and brightest founders from Rotterdam and Delft. They partner up with visionary founders through providing coaching, capital and a community. Their venture capital fund and coaching program supports founders from the universities of Delft & Rotterdam to realise their greatest ambitions. 

The Philips Innovation Award has a special collaboration with Graduate Entrepreneur, meaning that our eight finalists get a “Wildcard” to qualify for coaching, funding and all other services of the ecosystem no matter the university their founders originate from. Also, in 2022 we organised a ‘Find your co-founder’ day for the first time together and we are planning on continuing to do this annually. 

Feedback from the best in the field

Grand Final jury

The final jury consist of seven leaders of the industry, senior managers and board members from our platinum partners. The jury members will prepare challenging questions to ask the startups on stage and the finalists will have the chance to defend their ideas. The final jury grades the finalists from an executive perspective. The jury will discuss their considerations with each other after the eight finalists pitches. At the end of the evening of the Grand Final Frans van Houten will announce the winners of both the Innovator League and the Rough Diamond League!

Edwin van Bommel

Head of Group Innovation and Head of Strategy & Sustainability

Frans van Houten

CEO

Hans Söhngen

Managing Director KPN Ventures

Janus Smalbraak

CEO

Maarten Roef

President & CEO

Petra Groenland

Partner Audit

Tjalling Smit

CCO

JURY

Semi Final jury

The Innovation Market is one of the most interactive events. During this day the best 30 startups will compete for a ticket to the Grand Final. The Innovation Market offers the opportunity for participants, partners and investors to engage in an interactive dialogue about the ideas presented. During the Innovation Market, all participants have the chance to present their idea to our semi final jury.

The semi final jury consists of managers with an entrepreneurial spirit, and are representatives of our partners. The jury members are well prepared for the pitches and will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the business plans. Based on the pitches and business plans of the contestants, the jury will grade the startups on different elements. At the end of this day, the three Rough Diamond finalists will be announced by Anastasia Priklonskaya and five Innovator finalists by Alexander Carp. These eight startups will continue to the Grand Final!

OUR BUISINESS PANEL

Business Panel

Our Business Panel consists of around 200 volunteers with a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. Thanks to our Business Panel, all participating teams receive feedback on their business plans during the developing stage in January.

The goal of the Business Panel is to provide the startups with useful feedback given by experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals. The startups will be ranked based on a set of criteria (listed in the Business Plan guidelines), such as originality, sustainability and level of innovation. Based on this ranking, the top thirty startups will be selected for the semi final in April.

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