What is ORIGIN Innovation Awards?

ORIGIN Innovation Awards is APAC’s esteemed accolade for tech innovation which aims to provide recognition to companies that have exemplified the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the running of their businesses. This is the 2nd edition of ORIGIN Innovation Awards launched by TechNode Global with a goal to build a dynamic community in propelling them to soar to greater heights. Read: Announcing the winners for the ORIGIN Innovation Awards 2020



You will be presented with opportunities to network with key decision-makers and forge new relationships.


Enjoy extended mileage and visibility with TechNode’s exclusive media coverage.


Have your solution scored by Tier 1 investors, and veteran judges. Opportunities to engage investors and corporates in a private setting.


There are 3 main categories and 14 sub-categories open to entry in the ORIGIN Innovation Awards 2021.

The aim of Startup Awards is to recognise startups offering disruptive solutions that have created an outstanding impact on the way businesses operate or perceived as capable of changing the status quo.

We welcome startups in the following 9 emerging technologies industries to submit their nomination.

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Ecommerce
  • EdTech
  • FinTech and RegTech
  • Food and AgriTech
  • Gaming and eSports
  • GreenTech and Sustainable Tech
  • HealthTech and MedTech
  • Internet solutions

Judging Criteria:

  1. Value created by the product or service
  2. Attractiveness of the market opportunity
  3. Viability of business model
  4. Capability of the management team
  5. Growth potential
  6. Technology breakthrough

The Corporate Innovation Awards aim to recognize established companies and innovators who have adopted emerging technologies to transform or make a significant change to their business models and operations. Solutions could have been co-developed jointly with tech partners, or by their in-house tech team.

We welcome corporates to submit their nomination for the 2 sub-categories below.

  • Best Corporate Innovation
  • Best Corporate Innovator

Judging criteria: 

  1. Business impact and value created by the corporate innovation project
  2. What’s the game-changer?
  3. Innovation
  4. The technologies underpinning the corporate innovation

The Movers & Shakers Awards aim to celebrate the successes of companies and individuals who have directly impacted the growth and development of the entrepreneurial landscape and created growth in their community.

We welcome ecosystem enablers (VCs, incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, interest groups, etc.) to submit your nomination for the People’s Choice VCs or Best Community Builder.

Startup Leader of The Year aims to recognize individuals who have exemplified important qualities of a great leader and dedication to their company.

  • People’s Choice VCs
  • Best Community Builder
  • Startup Leader of The Year

Judging criteria: 

  1. Exemplify strong commitment in mentorship and community building
  2. Leading recognized initiatives that bring about positive impact to their community
  3. Strong relationships with the key ecosystem stakeholders
  4. Demonstrate exceptional leadership, personal influence, and impact


General Eligibility & FAQs

Have a question about ORIGIN Innovation Awards? Read on to find your answer. If our FAQ section doesn’t answer your question, reach out to us here.

General Qualifying Criteria for Startup Awards Category:

  • The nominee must be based or operating in APAC
  • The nominee should have a commercialized product or working prototype
  • The nominee’s funding round must not exceed Series B (i.e. seed funding – Series B are eligible)

General Qualifying Criteria for Corporate Innovation Awards Category:

  • The nominee should have a physical office presence in APAC
  • For Best Corporate Innovation, the nominated innovation should have gone live and be at the execution stage or should have been initiated between January 2018 and April 2021 (three years)
  • For Best Corporate Innovator, the nominated innovator should have ongoing innovations initiated between January 2018 and April 2021 (three years)

General Qualifying Criteria for Movers & Shakers Awards Category:

  • The nominee should be based in APAC

We welcome individuals to vie for the following Awards categories:

  • Best Corporate Innovator (under Corporate Innovation)
  • Startup Leader of The Year (under Movers & Shakers)
  • The nomination submission period: June 15, 2021 – Sept. 15, 2021
  • Nominations must meet all criteria stipulated in the guideline, otherwise will be disqualified.
  • The nomination is free. No fees applied.
  • Self-nominations are welcome for all Awards categories. Please indicate self-submission in the nomination form
  • Rule of thumb – you can only nominate your company for one Award category
  • You are highly encouraged to attach your company/project deck in the nomination form. This allows the entry to live up to its full potential and be assessed fairly.
  • Public nominations are welcome for all Awards categories. Please indicate that you are nominating someone else in the nomination form
  • There is no limit to the number of unique companies you can nominate. Rule of thumb – each unique company can only be nominated for one Award category
  • The Advisory Committee review and public voting will take place from Sept. 20, 2021 – Oct. 31, 2021
  • All entries will be vetted by TechNode Global to ensure all criteria are met
  • All entries will be evaluated and scored by a curated Advisory Committee, based on the information submitted online in accordance with the judging criteria. There will be no virtual or in-person pitching
  • The decision of TechNode Global is final

Winners stand to enjoy the following perks and benefits:

  • Marketing and publicity package by TechNode Global and our media partners
  • Invitation to post-award activities such as pitching and networking events with venture capitalists and business partners


TechNode Global would like to thank the partners of ORIGIN Innovation Awards for their continuous support.
If your organization is interested in becoming a partner for ORIGIN Innovation Awards, please reach out to us here.

Please help spread the word about the Awards amongst your community using our communications toolkit. You can download this kit here and spread the word through your newsletters, social media channels, and any other communication channels.

Communications Toolkit
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