The Spindle Summer Labs

Three nominees for The Best Idea Award 2018 going to the Partos Innovation Festival!

Recap: The Spindle Summer Labs 2018

The following three projects are still in the race for The Best Idea Award on 11 October at the Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam: Land Rights Unchained!, Protection Power, and Upinion. It has been an intense, inspirational and awesome summer, in which nine teams developed their idea with leading design agencies STBY and AndThePeople, making use of the network of The Spindle.

As this long, hot summer has come to an end (and rain and cold are coming in), The Spindle Summer Labs have ended as well. The past few weeks, the Summer Labs have accelerated nine innovative ideas that contribute to an inclusive, just and sustainable world. On September 7th, the jury chose the three nominees that are still in the running to win The Best Idea Award 2018, where they will pitch their idea again for the jury.

We aimed to create a space in which creativity is triggered and boosted the setup of a new planprojectbusiness model, policyproduct or service in the world of international development. We did so, following our philosophy: ”You learn best when you have fun, are connected and passionate about the idea you’re working on”.

What we offer:

Ready-to-go pilot proposition
Through actively engaging in a creative programme you can accelerate your idea in one summer into a ready-to-go pilot proposition.

Intense coaching
Besides sharing innovation insights and knowledge, the experienced team of facilitators provide creative support and personal coaching.

Access to donors and constructing a fundraising strategy
During The Spindle Summer Labs, you create a funding plan for your pilot and get the chance to present it to potential donors and our jury.

Our expert network and new connections
You can access and make use of The Spindle’s network of 100+ NGOs and experts from a variety of backgrounds. Hook on to them and the needed expertise for your idea.

Personal and team development
While working with your team on your idea, you will gain new skills and insights on Human Centred Design and developing new concepts.

A chance to win The Spindle Award for Best Idea 2018
At the end of the summer, all teams present their idea to the jury. The three most promising ideas get the chance to pitch at the Partos Innovation Festival on October 11 and win The Spindle Award for Best Idea, €5000, €2500 or €1000 seed money!

Our jury


Upinion: U-Matter

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Protection Power

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Land Rights Unchained!

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