Practical information for The Spindle Innovation Awards

This page contains the selection criteria, selection process and Terms & Conditions for The Spindle Innovation Awards: Best Innovation 2017.

Here you can find information about the selection process, criteria and terms & conditions for The Spindle Award for Best Innovation.

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August 31st – Applications close
Entries for The Spindle Innovation Award for Best Innovation close at August 31st, 23:59h Amsterdam time.

September 4th-17th – Online public voting
This year for the first time we will, in addition to the Jury’s Award for Best Innovation, also let the public choose a winner. Online voting will be open from 4th until 17th of September here on The Spindle website. The announcement of the public vote for Best Innovation 2017 will take place at the Partos Innovation Festival, the 12th of October.

September 11th – Selection ten nominees
On September 11th, the jury will have selected ten nominees based on the all received application forms. The jury focuses on the following criteria:

  • Thematic focus: The innovation contributes to the achievement of the SDGs and creates impact in one or more of The Spindle themes:
    – Leave No One Behind: what are strategies or tools that make development and economic growth more inclusive for marginalised groups?
    – Civic Power: what are new strategies for civil society to remain effective in a context of shrinking civic space?
    – Ways of Working Together: what are new forms of cooperation and organisation for the development sector, with stakeholders such as informal movements or private sector parties?
    – Make Data Count: how can we make use of all the data out there to create more impact and to better communicate results?
  • Recent: The innovation was introduced no longer than three years ago.
  • A clear problem: The innovation contributes to the solution of a clear problem or need in development cooperation and civil society organisations.
  • Originality: How original is your innovation? Does your innovation provide a distinctive, new solution to a development cooperation need?
  • Impact: How big is the impact you can create with your innovation?
  • Involvement: How is the (local) target group involved in the innovation?
  • Sustainability: How (financially) sustainable is your innovation?
  • Gender: Does the innovation contribute to gender balance, and/or improve the situation of women?
  • Scalability: How and to which extent can you scale it up?
  • Appealing: Can you make people enthusiastic for your innovation?
  • Cooperation: How are you connected to organisations that can bring your innovation further? And are you open to cooperation with new partners or new approaches?

September 18th – Winner Public Voting
After closing the voting period, The Spindle will call the winner of the Public Award with the good news! The winner may pitch the innovation at Partos Innovation Festival and is invited to the Pitch Training and Jury Event beforehand.

September 21st – Pitch Training
The ten best innovations plus the winner of the public voting are invited to join a pitch training at the Partos office. Unfortunately this is not available to applications from abroad.

September 25th –  Jury Event
During this event, which will take place during the semi-finals of the Accenture Awards, the final ten contestants will pitch their ideas to the jury, plus the winner of the public voting. In return, the jury gives each participant valuable feedback and gives suggestions on possible solutions for scaling up. For applications from abroad, we can work with a video solution.

September 28th – Selection three nominees
On the 28th of September, the jury will announce the three selected nominees.

October 12th – The Winner!
The three final nominees will pitch their idea at the Partos Innovation Festival, the 12th of October in Amsterdam. After the pitches, our jury will select the winner of Best Innovation 2017. All criteria, the participation in the Accenture jury meeting, and the final pitch play part when deciding upon the winner.


Terms & Conditions

When you apply for Best Innovation 2017 you agree to our terms and conditions Best Innovation 2017.
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