With the annual The Hague Innovators Challenge, the municipality of The Hague challenges startups, students and creative minds to come up with fresh and innovative ideas to tackle global problems of our time. For example in the fields of climate, humanitarian aid, food innovation and sustainable energy. The winners were announced during Big Improvement Day on 15 January.
Nine nominees were selected from all applications at the end of 2018 by a professional selection committee. The nominees were given the opportunity during the final day to pitch their idea for a professional jury. The winners received their prize during Big Improvement Day in the presence of hundreds of representatives from the government and industry in particular.
The Hague Innovators Challenge is divided into three categories: startup, pre-startup and students. Also, there was an audience prize to be forgiven. In addition to winning a sum of money, the winners will carry out their plans in the city of The Hague.
The winners are:
Startup price (€ 25.000)
CricketOne: CricketOne is a supplier of food ingredients, specialized in extracting proteins from the most sustainable material – crickets.
Pre-startup price (€ 15.000)
Wajenzi: Wajenzi is an investment platform that connects expats living in the Netherlands with investment opportunities in Africa.
Student price (€ 10.000)
Sustain-A-Blade: Sustain-A-Blade introduces a high-quality and recyclable unisex razor made of waste wood and ceramics that stays sharp for two years.
Audience award (€ 2.500)
Wajenzi got the most votes from the audience and won the Audience Award.
It was an exciting fight. The scores of the jury were very close. The pitches of the winning companies ultimately really made the difference.
The pitch of Sustain-A-Blade
The pitch of Wajenzi
The pitch of CricketOne
The jury of The Hague Innovators Challenge 2019 consisted of:
- Suzanne Wisse-Huiskes: Executive Director of Euclid Network
- Hans Dreijklufft: senior investment manager of investment fund UNIIQ
- Erik van der Rijt: Head of Urban Economics at the municipality of The Hague
Presentation of the winners
On the big stage of Big Improvement Day the winners were announced by Erik van der Rijt.
Presentation: Charles Groenhuijsen.
The victory was celebrated during the closing drinks in the Circustheater in The Hague.
We thank all participants for their great contributions! See you next year at the Haagse Vernieuwers Challenge 2020.