Upcoming Events


September 17th 2020

Opening Philips Innovation Award

Official launch of the edition of 2021.

December 2nd 2020

Deadline One-Pagers

The end of the first stage, the Idea Stage. Your idea must be submitted in the format of an executive summary

December 25th 2020

Announcement encouragement prize

The 10 best ideas of the Idea Stage win €100 as encouragement to continue the journey and write a Business Plan for the Developing Stage

January 13th 2021

Deadline Business Plans

The final version of the Business Plans must be handed in to officially start the journey.

February 15th 2021

Business plan feedback and announcement of semi-finalists

Our business panel members reviewed all Business Plans and the 30 semi-finalists will be announced. The semi-finalists will join the refining stage.

February 24th 2021

Investor day

During this day, start-ups will receive information and training from our investor partners on how to receive and deal with their first funding.

March 3rd and 10th 2021

Prototype Day

All semi-finalists get the chance to work on their logos, website, look & feel with our partners.

April 7th 2021

Virtual Innovation Market Semi-Final

April 23rd 2021

Pitching day

Extensive pitching lessons organized by our partner Debatrix. Debatrix is the european authority in the field on persuasion, engagemend presentation.

April 30th and May 6th 2021

Coaching Day

After the semi-final, eight finalists participate in a coaching day held at the Innovation Circle of ABN AMRO. During this day, all our platinum partners give coaching workshop for one hour. For example, ABN AMRO provides the teams with personalised advice on finances and Arnold + Siedsma gives advice on patents.

May 31st 2021

Grand Final

Five Innovators and three Rough Diamonds are selected to compete in the Grand Final.


During the idea stage of the Philips Innovation Award we organise seminars in almost all student cities in The Netherlands. With the current situation of COVID-19 we also organize webinars this year, more about this later.
A seminar is organized together with an incubator in your city. These seminars can give you valuable insight into all the benefits you can have from participating in the Philips Innovation Award (developing your business plan, get feedback, coaching, help & guidance from our partners, be part of a big network of other innovators, meet investors and may become prize winner of the Philips Innovation Award, worth €50.000).





The seminar in your city will take approximately 2 hours. We will kick off with a short introduction of the Philips Innovation Award and an inspiring speaker (One of our partners or a winner of a previous edition of the Philips Innovation Award e.g.). If you have the guts you can pitch your idea in a minute! And, by the way: free drinks after the seminar.
Last year, we have visited the following cities: Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Wageningen, Utrecht, Groningen, Enschede, Delft and Leiden. For more details on the seminars.

Coaching and
pitching day


One month before the semi-final, two prototype days will take place at our working partner: wearereasonablepeople. During this day, the teams have the chance to join a workshop focused on improving a certain aspect within their business that needs more attention. The workshops of 2019 included: Validation, Tech-Feasibility, Mock-Up, Design Critique and 3D printing.


After the semi-final, eight finalists participate in a coaching day held at the Innovation Circl of ABN AMRO. During this day, all our platinum partners give coaching workshop for one hour. For example, ABN AMRO provides the teams with personalised advice on finances, BCG will provide consultancy advice and Arnold + Siedsema gives advice on patents.


Last but not least, there will be a pitching day. During this day, the teams receive tips and tricks on how to give the best pitch within time constraints. There will be opportunities to practice and improve their pitch held during the Grand Final.

Innovation market

April 7th 2021

The 30 selected semi-finalists are put to the test at the semi-final, which will be held in our new and bigger location ‘De Schiecentrale’ in Rotterdam on April 7th. The semi-final consists of an Innovation Market where investors have the opportunity to get in touch with the semi-finalists. The day will be filled with several pitching sessions by the participants as well. During these pitches the semi-finalists will have the chance to convince the jury that they belong in the finals of the Philips Innovation Award 2019. The pitching sessions of the two different awards will be held in separate rooms and will run simultaneously. The participants will pitch in front of a jury as well as an audience.

The Innovation Market is there to create an opportunity for participants, partners and investors to have an interactive and dynamic dialogue about their projects. By pitching in front of the jury and showing their product at their stand, participants will try to convince all the attendants of their product and their place in the Grand Final on the 31st of May 2021.
At the end of the day, the jury will announce the finalists of the Innovator League and the finalists of the Rough Diamond League. The day will be concluded with a network drink where all students, investors and participants can attend.

Grand final


After a thorough selection process by our Business Panel followed by the jury decision during the Innovation Market, eight lucky participants are left to compete in the final of the Philips Innovation Award 2021. Five Innovators and three Rough Diamonds are selected. The grand final takes place at ‘Theater Rotterdam’ with around 900 visitors.


On this day it will be decided which of the eight finalists have the most brilliant and innovative idea. During the show, some intriguing speakers will get the audience on the edge of their seats, and share their experience with entrepreneurship and innovation. The combination of these inspiring stories alongside the razor sharp pitches will make it a truly motivating experience.

During this evening, the finalists have the opportunity to further elaborate on their business plans. In the end, the jury decides who will win the Innovator Award worth €50.000,- and Rough Diamond Award worth €10.000,-.

Have a look at the aftermovie of the Grand Final of 2019

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