Helsinki Business Hub was chosen as the winner of the InnoVision Ecosystem Awards that took place for the first time Tuesday as part of the leading hi-tech conference for digital innovation DLD Live Tel Aviv. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony, like the conference, was broadcast via Zoom, which did not dampen the excitement and joy of the winner or the rest of the organizations that advanced to the prestigious final stage.
The competition showcases and celebrates innovative new technologies that are created by local ecosystems and applied internationally. This year, 54 diverse ecosystems from 43 countries applied for the awards, with Helsinki Business Hub prevailing over the nine other candidates that reached the final: Smart Health Amsterdam, Tulsa (Oklahoma) Innovation Labs, Greater Zurich, Lodz Special Economic Zone, the Startup Terrace of New Taipei, SynerLeap from Västerås (Sweden), VLC Tech City of Valֳencia, Zagreb Innovation Center, and Kamp C in Flanders, Belgium. The ecosystems deal with a broad range of fields such as the creation of an AI-driven innovation network, the establishment of an international hub of startup companies, the printing of houses using 3D technology, cleantech entrepreneurship and more.
Helsinki Business Hub won because it is one of the leading centers of global innovation. The local connectedness among founders, investors and experts is considered the highest worldwide, with Finnish startups receiving the most venture capital per capita in Europe. Greater Helsinki offers skills and advanced technological capabilities, and is especially prominent in the field of quantum computing with some of the most ultramodern in the field including IQM and Bluefors. Also, the local infrastructure is especially friendly to early-stage startup companies.
The finalists, and of course the winner, were chosen by an expert panel of 20 judges from around the world. The decision was based on criteria such as impact, sustainability, creativity, internationalization, and the possibility of making a positive contribution to the global community. The panel of judges was headed by Dr. Yossi Vardi, who is also chairman of the DLD conference. He was joined by Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret, Head of the EU Delegation to Israel, and by peers from the US, Europe, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.
The InnoVision Ecosystem Awards competition was held as part of the DLD Live Tel Aviv conference, an initiative of Cybertech and Israel Defense. The online conference continues today (Wednesday) and tomorrow with various sessions on topics of Israeli and international innovation, with an emphasis on technological changes – and the different opportunities for growth and development – following the outbreak of the COVID-15 pandemic. The conference features speakers from Israel and around the world including New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman, Executive Chairman of S4 Capital Martin Sorrel, former Cisco Chairman John Chambers, Israel's Federation of Local Authorities Chairman Haim Bibas, Israel Innovation Authority CEO Aharon Aharon, and more.
For more information on DLD Live Tel Aviv, please visit: https://www.dldlivetlv.com
For additional information on InnoVision, please visit: https://globalinnovision.com