Dare to innovate

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Not many people have the guts to transform their idea into a successful start-up. These innovators make a difference in today’s world. Wait no longer, sign up for the Philips Innovation Award today!

Are you 28 years or younger? Are you a student or have you graduated within the last three years? Do you have an idea the world should know about? Do you want to be part of the most promising and upcoming start-up coached by top entrepreneurs? Wait no longer, sign up for the Philips Innovation Award today!

Stimulate, activate an innovate

The Philips Innovation Award (PHIA) is the largest student-entrepreneur award in the Netherlands. The PHIA enables young entrepreneurs to develop their idea and transform it into a successful start-up. Our mission is to stimulate and activate an innovative entrepreneurial culture among students. The Philips Innovation Award is an independent non-profit organization that works in close cooperation with Philips.

We do not believe in a ‘winner takes it all’-principle

By participating you receive personal feedback, coaching and the opportunity practice important skills. We offer support and guidance throughout the entire process, consisting of the idea stage, developing stage, refining stage and finale stage. Participants are also granted access to our extensive network of partners from different industries.

From idea to business plan

During the idea stage you can submit your executive summary on which you will receive feedback by our consulting partner, De Kleine Consultant. The developing stage is there to help you convert your idea into a business plan. Signing up and handing in your idea will be completely confidential, as all parties involved have signed NDA’s.

A selection of the best ideas will be taken into the refining stage leading to the semi-final. During the grand final you might win the big price consisting of cash money, services like coaching, consultancy, legal advice, accountancy and additional services from our top of the class partners. This will kickstart your idea towards your dream business. During the final stage, eight teams will be selected for the Grand final. The two winning teams will be granted a price worth €50.000 and €10.000!

Curious how last year’s winner is getting along? Visit their website.


November 12th we will organize a seminar at The Gallery at Novel-T in Enschede. In this seminar, we will show you how you can benefit from the Philips Innovation Award. An inspiring speaker will spice things up and those with guts get the chance to pitch their idea. Let us know whether you are coming on Facebook. More seminar data can be found on our Facebook.

Convinced?  Then do not hesitate, sign up for the Philips Innovation Award with your clever, innovative idea and start transforming this idea into a life changing concept. Visit our website, www.phia.nl and apply. If you still have any questions, send us an e-mail: info@phia.nl or give us a call: +31 6 21172349. 

The deadline for participation in the idea stage is 1st of December 2019. The deadline for the participation in the developing stage is the 12th of January. Be aware that a business plan is required at this point.