ISPIM Grand Prize 2016 – Recognising Excellence in Innovation Management

Innovation is like great art in many ways, not only the appreciation and enjoyment it can bring, but also in what we don’t see.  We don’t see the work that goes on behind the scenes to get there, with the artistic studies, sketches, versions, corrections and changes.  We also don’t see the great work in managing innovation that results in the innovation itself.

That’s why ISPIM, the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, is delighted to announce the launch of the ISPIM Grand Prize 2016, for Excellence in Innovation Management.  This will be the second competition, building on the highly successful inaugural 2015 event, won by the US Department of Energy, closely followed by Cisco and Tata.

The competition will be open to all commercial enterprises.  We welcome submissions from any company, including not-for-profit entities; however it is not intended for academics.

We are looking for cases that significantly advance the practice of innovation management in proven application, not theory. The advance should be in how innovation is managed, we are not seeking proposals that describe the actual end output, the what.

The deadline for entries is 8th April 2016.  A distinguished panel of judges will decide the Top 3 entries, which will be invited to present at the ISPIM conference in Porto, Portugal, on 19th June 2016.  The conference attendees will then decide the winner.

This year, the best entries that don’t make the Final 3 will also be invited to present in an industry track at the ISPIM conference.

For more information and details on how to enter, please go to  And if you know any other artistic innovators whose work on innovation deserves to be recognized, please forward this article to them and encourage them to enter.

(ISPIM – International Society for Professional Innovation Management – is a network of researchers, industrialists, consultants and public bodies who share an interest in innovation management. Founded in 1983, ISPIM is the oldest, largest and most active innovation association in Europe, rapidly expanding in the Americas and Asia.

ISPIM produces scientific and educational material and events to help people understand and share thinking and experiences on how individuals, organisations and society can be better organised to create and distribute new products, services and processes to make the world a better place.)

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Kevin McFarthingKevin McFarthing runs the Innovation Fixer consultancy, helping companies to improve the output and efficiency of their innovation, and to implement Open Innovation. He spent 17 years with Reckitt Benckiser in innovation leadership positions, and also has experience in life sciences.

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