About the awards
Winners & nominees
Media & promotion
Deadline for submitting entries
15 January 2013
Date of the National Awards Ceremony
23 April 2013
The national competition is held annually.
National Awards Ceremony
Green innovation contest
The Green Innovation Contest is a Swedish contest for sustainable business and environmental innovations. The sustainable eco-innovation competition is aimed at individuals, researchers, students, start-up companies and established small businesses. It should be a verifiable product and/or service innovation that has clear sustainability and growth potential. The product/service should be ready to be communicated to potential customers and partners. The innovation should be at early stage development before the expansion phase and clearly newsworthy. The application form has a learning purpose which asks the innovators relevant questions to establish their journey into the market. In addition to questions there are tips and advice together with an education handbook.
The Green Innovation Contest is financed by The Swedish Energy Agency, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and Region Västra Götaland and is led by Innovatum, a common arena for business growth and prosperity. The contest is run in cooperation with other innovation support organisations with expertise in environment and sustainability in Sweden. The winners were awarded at a combined seminar and exhibition.
After the competition, the winning innovators received coaching and match-making with experts from companies in the form of potential client or partner meetings and the continued support of the various innovation nodes.
The competition is national and open to all who have proposals for commercially viable innovations that reduce the environmental burden. The competition gives the participants not only the possibility to create contacts (with potential partners, investors, and customers), attention and secure the quality of the innovations involved.
From the finalists in the national competition the Jury nominates the Swedish entries for the EU Commission competition “European Business Awards for the Environment”. The Swedish national competition comprises the categories Product and Process.
2012 prize winners
The Green Innovation Contest was one of the exhibitors during the Sustainability Day conference on April 23 in Stockholm, 2013. The conference aimed at sustainable business development. The 2012 prizewinners, selected by the jury, are Koljern (creator Åke Mård), Optistring (creator Anders Lindgren), MicProS (creator Matilda Olstorpe) and Ejektorböjar (creator Karl-Erik Andersson). The jury selected them as having the highest business and environmental potential out of 120 entrants. The prize was presented by Hasse Johansson, the Chairman of Vinnova, the Sweden’s Innovation Agency. The award ceremony, held on the main stage at during Sustainability Day was attended by 800 guests and organized by Miljöaktuellt and the Swedish Association of Environmental Managers. A Sustainable Leadership award was handed out by Her Majesty the Crown Princesses of Sweden Victoria during the conference.
The winning innovations represent different areas; new construction materials, technology for solar energy, how to reprocess waste food with microbes and finally, energy saving solutions for pipelines. Together they are the solutions of tomorrow.