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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. The 3rd chapter of ORIGIN Innovation Awards by TechNode Global drew inspiration from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and seeks to award exemplary entrepreneurs, businesses, investors, and the innovation ecosystem drivers that embodies not just the spirit of innovation, but incorporates sustainability in their playbook. Relook: Announcing the winners for the ORIGIN Innovation Awards 2021

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Award Categories & Criteria

3 Award Categories  |  10 Award Titles  |  30 Awardees.

The Startup Leader of The Year category is conceived to award and recognise early-stage startups that are building and delivering sustainable disruptive solutions or innovative solutions that fits the description of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The success must be generating significant positive impact to humanity and the way businesses operate.

If you believe that your startup/business deserves any of the distinguished titles and is able to support with commercial proof, submit your nomination today.

1. Startup Trailblazers

A well-deserved recognition to new, up-and-coming startups that emerge victorious in 2021, whilst supporting the agenda for sustainable economy and inclusive society.

2. Future-Proofing Heroes

An unparalleled title to award the visionaries and ‘heroes’ that are dedicated to creating positive impacts for our future generations.

3. Pandemic Growth Warriors

An icing-on-the-cake award for solution providers that experienced tremendous growth amidst the pandemic, recognising their valuable positive contributions to humanity.

4. Enterprise Tech Superstars

An award to spotlight startups that deliver creative and innovative solutions for supply chains and other businesses. Bonus points if the solution aids enterprises to improve their SDG commitments.

5. Smart City Idols

A ‘public service’ award to acknowledge startups and entrepreneurs that relentlessly leverage on technology to deliver solutions that upgrades our living environment and city infrastructure.

6. Web 3 Disruptors

A royal salute to the risk-takers that boldly venture into the Web 3.0 era. Companies or startups that are able to showcase significant real-world use-cases for the leap from Web 2.0 to the new 3.0.

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
  7. Sustainability element/which UN SDGs does it fits under

The Enterprise Awards aims to celebrate the contributions that established companies and industry leaders that have incorporated remarkable sustainable practices through the application of innovative practices and technologies to their business models and operations.

We welcome Corporates to submit their nomination for the prestigious award title below.

1. Corporate Sustainability Champions

An accolade to recognise Multinational Corporation or domestic business leaders on their exemplary efforts to incorporate Environmental, Social, and Governance(ESG) practices in their businesses in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Judging Criteria: 

  1. Business impact and value created by the corporate innovation project
  2. Measurable sustainable outputs and impacts that are in line with the UN SDGs
  3. The technologies underpinning the corporate innovation

The Outstanding Ecosystem Leaders Awards honours the organisations and individuals that have enabled, impacted, and supported the growth and development of the entrepreneurial landscape and created growth for the ecosystem.

If you are or know any underrated or deserving ecosystem enablers (VCs, incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, interest groups, etc.), nominate for the following titles.

1. Venture Visionaries

A public-driven recognition title conferred to investors including venture capital, angel investors, corporate ventures that invests in the future of humanity, incorporating ESG, SDG into their investment thesis. These investors should also be the ones that take risks to invest in early-stage ideas.

2. Most Active Community Builders

Voted by the ecosystem, this public-vote-of-confidence seeks to honour the different players from individuals to institutions that have made an impact and contributed to the startup and entrepreneurship community.

3. Outstanding Accelerator Incubator

Incubators and Accelerators are the academies that transform idealistic concepts to real-world solutions that are impacting our lives today. This award is voted by the public and is a testament to the companies that graduate and go on to generate long- term positive impacts.

Judging Criteria: 

  1. Exemplify strong track record and commitment in capital support, mentorship and community building
  2. Leading recognised initiatives that bring about positive impact to their community
  3. Strong relationships with the key ecosystem stakeholders

Awards Timeline

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

Distinguished Partners

TechNode Global would like to thank the partners of ORIGIN Innovation Awards for their continuous support.
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