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The Hague Innovators Challenge:Everything starts with a good idea

Creativity Entrepreneurship Global challenges Social innovation

With the Hague Innovators Challenge contest, the City of The Hague aims to encourage organisations and students to present new ideas to deal with current global challenges. Concepts that link various disciplines and sectors are preferred. The best ideas will have a chance to win prizes worth € 5,000 to € 35,000.

The world is growing ever more complex and issues such as safety, energy, climate and food are increasingly international. At the same time, these issues have an impact on the people living in the city.

Wanted: innovative ideas
With the ‘Impact Economy’ programme, the City of The Hague aims to bring innovators together with the business community, knowledge centres and international institutions to help find solutions to these complex social issues. In so doing, it hopes to lead to new innovations. In order to promote these concepts, the city will sponsor a contest.

Who is eligible?

  • Businesses or organisations basedin The Hague or working with a partner based in the city
  • Established and emerging foundations are also eligible. The final applicant must be a legal entity based in The Hague.
  • Students enrolled in The Hague are also invited to participate and compete for the Student Prize.

Prizes

There are three prizes available for a maximum of three initiatives, worth between € 10,000 and € 35,000. Students can compete to win a chance at the Student Prize of between € 5,000 and € 10,000.

Terms and conditions
In order to participate in the contest, candidates must meet the following conditions:

For market parties:

  • Chamber of Commerce registration number.
  • Activities should gravitate toward The Hague.
  • The project must be conducted by at least one company, knowledge institution or organisation located in The Hague.

For students:

  • Proof of enrolment at an educational institution.
  • Activities should gravitate toward The Hague.
  • The project must be conducted by at least one company, knowledge institution or organisation located in The Hague.

Assessment

The submissions will be assessed and the one-time grant will be awarded according to the following procedure.

Criteria

In assessing the submissions, the jury will award points based on the following criteria:

  1. The degree to which the proposal contributes to an effective solution to a global challenge.
  2. The degree to which the proposal offers a healthy business model.
  3. The degree to which the proposal provides significant added value to existing products, processes, technologies or services.(In the event of a tie, the points for these selection criteria will weigh 50% more.)
  4. The degree to which this proposal is feasible and scalable for other sectors/applications, countries or regions. (In the event of a tie, the points for these selection criteria will weigh 30% more.)
  5. The degree to which the proposal contributes to the economy of The Hague, in cooperation with other businesses, knowledge institutions or governments.

For more information regarding these criteria, please see page 9 of the document below.

Points

  • Each criterion is worth a maximum of 10 points, for a total of 50 points.
  • An application will not be considered for eligibility if it is awarded less than 30 points.
  • A maximum of six submissions with the highest scores will proceed to the next phase.
  • In the event of a tie, the points for each criterion will be multiplied by a weighting factor. The points awarded for the proposal’s innovative characteristics will be multiplied by 50%. The points awarded for the proposal’s scalability characteristics will be multiplied by 30%.

Schedule

The Hague Innovators Challenge consists of two phases.

Phase 1:

  • Starts on 16 September 2015
  • Question round: Phase 1 includes a question round. Use the question form to submit your questions before the deadline of 12:00 on 9 October 2015 via: impacteconomy@denhaag.nl. The answers will be posted on this website on 16 October 2015.
  • Proposals must be submitted before 12:00 on 2 November 2015.
  • A selection committee will then nominate a maximum of six candidates and three students with the best ideas. The nominees will be announced during the Border Sessions Festival on 12 November.
  • The nominees will be published on this website no later than 13 November.

Phase 2:

  • Question round: Phase 2 includes a question round. The questions must be submitted before the deadline of 12:00 on 20 November 2015 via: impacteconomy@denhaag.nl. The answers will be posted on this website on 27 November 2015.
  • The deadline for submitting the action plan is 16:00 on 4 January 2016.
  • Participants can appeal for public votes via impactcity.nl. The number of votes for each participant will be displayed in real-time on www.impactcity.nl.
  • At the Big Improvement Day on 19 January 2016, the nominees will be able to pitch their ideas to the jury and the final winners will be announced.

Hague Innovators Blog

In the end, the Hague Innovators should contribute to the realisation of spin-offs in The Hague, ideally with international outreach as well. But to do so, the initiatives will have to remain visible over time, therefore the winners will be asked to write a blog entry every quarter. The editors of www.impactcity.nl will edit and publish the blogs.

More information

All information about the procedure, selection criteria, terms and conditions, points system and the question form can be found in the documents below. If you have any further questions, please contact: impacteconomy@denhaag.nl