The SME Innovation Top 100 is an unique opportunity to increase the visibility of your innovation and business, and to offer innovators in the SME sector a chance to network and gain knowledge. It will be the 12th edition of this event which is organised by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. The nominations will be graded on the impact for the branch and society, originality, turnover and growth potential. The power of the initiative is to show the potential of the SME sector. In the past 11 years, the ranking has grown to the biggest and most important innovation awards for the SME sector. The 100 businesses and its innovations will be announced this autumn during the Day of the Innovation (Dag van de Innovatie).
Expert panels from different sectors will grade the nominations in May. After this pre selection, a ranking of the SME Innovation Top 100 will be determined. The ranking given by the jury is based of the nominations of the experts. In addition, the jury will investigate the websites of the nominees and will do research on the web pages of the enterprises based upon Google.
Benefits of participation
Who will follow up Yoni? Yoni captured the first place in 2016 with tampons, sanitary pads and panty liners in biological cotton. Participation at the SME Innovation Top 100 can lead to several benefits for most of the nominated enterprises. Harrie Evers, who works for NormTEQ, argued that winning the SME Innovation Top 100 was the deciding factor of his breakthrough the market. Steinar Henskes, CEO of Bird Control Group about the Top 100: ‘’The nomination in the SME Innovation Top 100 gave us an international framework in order to breakthrough.’’
The benefits summed up:
You get access to new networks which are unknown or seem impossible to reach. Examples of these are ministries, provinces, knowledge institutions but also other entrepreneurs.
You get attention in national, local and regional media and specialised press.
You get access to possible innovating and new product and market combinations: entrepreneurs participating at the SME Innovation Top 100 will be encouraged to collaborate.
Have you successfully launched an innovative product? Are you the innovative entrepreneur who wants to grow your business? Register here before 15 april 2017!