“When we won the Rough Diamond Award we got awarded a cheque worth 10. 000 euros, which of course was nice, but this was really just a by-product. The Philips Innovation Award is a start-up competition that is known by all. Investors know it, banks know it. Whenever I need to pitch my idea I will point out that Hable participated in the Philips Innovation Award, which immediately provides us with credibility. And it is this validation that opens doors that otherwise would have remained closed.
Moreover, we have learned a lot during various coaching days and training days. The best pitch-training I have ever had was during a coaching day of the Philips Innovation Award trajectory.
I shouldn’t forget about the final, when I got to pitch the idea in front of a large audience and a jury which consisted of most accomplished people, which gave a real kick.
And lastly, the Philips Innovation Award has greatly expanded our network. We are still in touch with other start-ups that participated, to exchange knowledge and ideas as it are often similar things start-ups are running into during that first phase.”
– Winner Rough Diamond League 2020
The Philips Innovation Award kickstarted Syntho
”We would like to thank all experts and coaches involved in the Philips Innovation Award trajectory. They allowed us to transform from having a rough idea towards being a winning startup with MVP and clients. The trajectory with all involved experts and coached allowed us to sharpen our business plan and make well considered strategic choices. And off course, the value of winning the Philips Innovation Award itself is huge. Next to the prize, the Philips Innovation Award opened up a valuable network and we gained credibility that definitely kickstarted Syntho!”