ISPIM Grand Prize for Innovation Management

ISPIM logoISPIM Grand Prize 2016 – We Have a Winner!

We 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.  As a reminder, the finalists were Huawei, SAP, and Orange.

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.


Imagine With Orange is a crowd innovation platform and a launchpad for entrepreneurs worldwide.  Imagine helps ideators connect to an international innovation community.   The best ideas get the benefit of working directly with Orange experts, so local ideas can have a global impact.  “We were very grateful to present Imagine to an impressive audience of innovation professionals.  Winning the ISPIM Grand Prize for ‘Imagine with Orange’ is a powerful recognition of Orange’s long-term commitment to open innovation.”

Nicolas Bry, François’ colleague (and friend of Innovation Excellence), added “The ISPIM Grand Prize gives us strong energy and inspiration to grow Imagine’s international community of ‘Imaginers’, entrepreneurs, and startupers”.


SAP’s Service Centre for Business Model Innovation directly addresses the challenges faced by intrapreneurs who want to find a way to test new business models while avoiding the corporate “immune system”.  As Claus von Riegen of SAP said, “It was an honor for me to be among the finalists for the ISPIM Grand Prize.  I think SAP has come a long way in being more agile in our pursuit of new business models.  But being recognized by the ISPIM jury and grand prize audience for excellence in innovation management made me proud.  I appreciate that our approach to build a service center for business model innovation and what we achieved and learned in this regard was seen as something innovative on its own.”

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François Dufour of Orange with the Prize.


The Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP), represented by Michael Hill-King, Chen Rui, Xiao Li and Li Zhe,   is a diverse, efficient, and effective innovation ecosystem that spans both China and the rest of the world.  HIRP aims to build open & innovative collaboration between industry and academia in a long-term and win-win manner, which is also Huawei’s open innovation brand.  Since 2010, HIRP has gone from projects solely with the top 30 Chinese universities to almost 200 universities in 29 countries, and areas covering over one hundred Fellows of IEEE/ACM, representing an almost exponential rise in complexity.

The team said, “Huawei is very proud to be a finalist of this year’s ISPIM Grand Prize, the highest recognition of excellence in innovation management.  Huawei is very pleased that HIRP has earned this recognition from both European industry and academia and is committed to further developing both the program and its collaborations.”

ISPIM 2016 winners

L to R: Claus von Reigen of SAP; François Dufour of Orange; Li Xiao and Michael Hill-King of Huawei.

The ISPIM conference was the ideal place to host the final.  As Claus said, “the many interactions during the ISPIM Conference allowed me to further share concepts and experiences with various other distinguished innovation managers and researchers.”

There are lots of people to thank, especially the judges and our media partners (including, of course, Innovation Excellence).  ISPIM would also like to thank the many organisations that took the thought, time, and effort to enter.

So that’s it for the ISPIM Grand Prize 2016.  The work starts soon for next year’s competition, one we want to establish as a key fixture in the innovation calendar, so keep an eye out for announcements later this year.

(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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Keving 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. Follow @InnovationFixer

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