Imagine with Orange, a crowd innovation platform and a launchpad for entrepreneurs worldwide, is the winner of the 2016 Grand Prize for Innovation Excellence, awarded by the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM). Delegates and members chose the project in a final held at the association’s annual conference in Porto, Portugal.
Promoted by the telecommunications operator Orange, Imagine with Orange platform helps ideators connect to an international innovation community, giving the best contributors the opportunity of working directly with experts. Huawei, for its Huawei Innovation Research Program HIRP, and SAP, for its Service Centre for Business Model Innovation, were the two other 2016 finalists.
Founded in 1983, ISPIM is the largest and most active innovation association in Europe. The organisation’s Grand Prize recognises companies that significantly advance the practice of innovation management, as well as innovation professionals’ efforts to deliver great innovation to the market. On its first edition, in 2015, the prize was awarded to SunShot Catalyst, an open innovation initiative which seeks to expand solar power use dramatically, developed by the US Department of Energy.
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