The winners of the sixth edition of ‘The Hague Innovators Challenge’ were announced on January 21. With the annual ‘The Hague Innovators Challenge’, the municipality of The Hague challenges startups, scale-ups and students to come up with innovative ideas to solve global social challenges, as described in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Among others, in the field of water, food innovation, sustainable energy and humanitarian aid.
Earlier this year, nine nominees were selected by a professional selection committee. During the final which took place during the Big Improvement Day, the nominees were given the opportunity to pitch their idea in the presence of representatives from the government and the business community in particular. The winners receive a sum of money with which the innovative idea will be further implemented in 2020 in The Hague.
The winners are:
- Scale-up price (€ 25,000): Upinionpromotes inclusiveness and effectiveness of humanitarian support.
- Startup price (€ 15,000): Circularise – Transparency and traceability for a circular economy
- Student prize (€ 10,000): Stove 2.0 Sustainable cooking with an affordable and efficient gas stove.
- Audience Award (€ 2,500): Okuna – an ethical social network for a brighter tomorrow.
As an international city of peace and justice, the municipality of The Hague supports and encourages startups and scale-ups working on innovations for a better world.
Suzanne Wisse-Huiskes (jury member and Executive Director of EUCLID Network):
“The Hague Innovators Challenge is a concrete example of the way in which The Hague offers ambitious entrepreneurs support with access to capital and knowledge, so that they can work on their innovations for a better world.”
Hans Dreijklufft (jury member and Fund Manager at UNIIQ):
“Always looking for beautiful, new innovative companies with Impact, the ImpactCity Innovators Challenge in The Hague is not only a fun but also a very good competition for an interesting ‘deal flow’.”