ISPIM Grand Prize

ISPIM_GrandPrize300We are delighted to announce that the winner of the ISPIM Grand Prize 2016 for Excellence in Innovation Management is Orange, for Imagine with Orange, represented by François Dufour.

The ISPIM Grand Prize competition was launched in 2015, specifically to recognize excellence in the areas of innovation management that are so often overshadowed by the innovation itself.  Following on from the announcement of the finalists, the final was held at the ISPIM Annual Conference in Porto, Portugal, on 20th June.  

Each company presented its case to ISPIM’s members and delegates, who then voted for their favourite in a true democratic fashion.  The finalists all received trophies kindly donated by Swarovski.


The 2016 finalists were:

HUAWEI - Collaboration shapes innovation: the Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP) read more

ORANGE - Imagine with Orange read more

SAP - Creating a Service Centre for Business Model Innovation at SAP SE - or, how to use, manage or avoid the corporate immune system. read more

ISPIM Grand Prize 2016 - We Have a Winner (article by Kevin McFarthing)

grand_prize_entry_formWe don't want extensive spreadsheets or novels with great detail; we just need to understand the key messages about the challenges you faced, how you overcame them and what the results were in fewer than 1400 words using the official entry form. If you feel you've more to share then please also send us additional supporting materials of any type. 

Please submit the completed entry form as per the instructions below. Each entry form should be for one innovation project/initiative, but there is nothing stopping the same organisation submitting several projects for the award using multiple entry forms.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 8th April 2016 - send completed entry form in pdf format to
  • Three Finalists announced: 9th May 2016
  • Grand Final presentations and judging: 20th June in Porto at the 2016 ISPIM Innovation Conference

Grand Prize Final

The three finalists will compete for the top spot with presentations at the 2016 ISPIM Innovation Conference in front a voting audience made up of innovation experts from around the world.

Contact Point

Questions, suggestions and submissions can be sent to Kevin McFarthing -

We have assembled an excellent panel of renowned innovation experts with great wisdom and experience in the field:

  • Tim Jones, Founder and Programme Director, Future Agenda (Chair of Panel)
  • Kevin McFarthing, Innovation Fixer Ltd (ISPIM Advisory Board)
  • Ravi Arora, Vice President, Innovation and Benchmarking, Business Excellence - Technology & Energy, Tata Sons
  • John Bell, Vice President, External Innovation and New Business Models, Johnson & Johnson Consumer
  • Henry Chesbrough, Executive Director, Center for Open Innovation, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
  • Martin Curley, Vice President Intel Labs, Director Intel Labs Europe, Intel Corporation
  • Hannes Erler, Director Open Innovation Networks, D. Swarovski KG
  • Sharon James, SVP, R&D, Reckitt Benckiser
  • Magnus Karlsson, Director, New Business Development & Innovation, Ericsson
  • Bernard S. Meyerson, Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Corporation
  • Jaspar Roos, Chief Inspiration Officer & Founder, Future Ideas
  • Fabian Schlage, Head of Idea and Innovation Management, Nokia Networks
  • James Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the submissions:

  • How ambitious and difficult was the innovation opportunity addressed? (33%)
  • How ingenious and novel was the innovation initiative's approach?(33%)
  • How impressive are the results and how big is the impact? (34%)

Terms of Reference

  • Panel members participate on a voluntary  basis and without remuneration or incentive from ISPIM, Grand Prize entrants or other 3rd parties.
  • Panel members will treat the names of all entrants and their submitted information on a confidential and non-competitive basis.
  • Panel members will proactively decline to evaluate, or receive detailed information on, entries where a potential for conflict of interest exists in that the panel member :
    • is familiar with the entrant or the submitted innovation initiative in that objectivity could be questioned
    • has a vested interest in the success or failure of the entrant in the Grand Prize
    • could gain a competitive advantage from the information provided by the entrant.
  • Panel members agree to be bound by the rules of the competition and the decisions of the Panel Chair and ISPIM.

We’re delighted to be working with organizations that help to improve the way companies manage innovation. Let’s be clear – they aren’t sponsoring the Grand Prize or evaluating the entries, they are helping us spread the word.

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The winner of the Grand Prize 2015 for excellence in Innovation Management was the US Department of Energy, for the SunShot Catalyst, represented by Mike Contreras.


The ISPIM Grand Prize competition was launched at the start of 2015, specifically to recognize excellence in the areas of innovation management that are so often overshadowed by the innovation itself.  Following on from the announcement of the finalists, the final was held at the ISPIM conference in Budapest on 15th June 2015.

The finalists were:

Each one presented their case to around 250 ISPIM delegates, who then voted for their favoured competitor in a true democratic fashion.

The SunShot Catalyst is an initiative developed by the US DoE that aims to dramatically expand the use of solar power.  At its heart is an Open Innovation program aimed at sourcing ideas from the public, using a sequence of Ideation/Pitch/Prototype/Incubate.  Compared to previous approaches, so far the Catalyst has delivered a 17x increase in projects, 50% faster and at 10% of the cost.

“The SunShot Catalyst team is thrilled to be the 2015 recipient of the ISPIM Grand Prize.  Winning the award has been a great way for our team to highlight our results driven approach to open innovation globally as well as broadly within our own organization, “ said Mike.

The expert judges and audience were very impressed with the other finalists.  The quality of the entries was very high and bodes well for future competitions.

The ISPIM conference was the ideal place to host the final.  Ravi Arora of Tata said: “ISPIM is one of the best conferences that I have attended on the subject of Innovation.  It had a good mix of industry presentations, academic papers and also a few very good visits. I also found that this conference provided a lot of opportunity for people to socialize and network…. In fact the highest I have ever seen “.

Special thanks to Swarovski for providing the prizes.

ISPIM Grand Prize 2015 - We Have a Winner (article by Kevin McFarthing)