The Blue Tulip Awards is a year-round ecosystem-driven program aiming to accelerate innovators, build powerful collaborations and drive breakthrough innovation. We provide startups and innovators with a clear call to arms: connecting eight inspiring, issue-based themes with new ideas that have immense potential to transform our future. By driving collaboration between the brightest minds and accelerating the most promising innovations to reach their full potential, we can start improving the way the world works and lives right now.



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The Class of 2020 innovators and partners of the Blue Tulip Awards were invited on January 9, 2020, to celebrate the start of a new year and jumpstart their innovation journey. During this Class of 2020 event, innovators had the opportunity to attend inspiring discussion sessions by the Blue Tulip Awards’ partners on Access to Capital, Access to Valuable Network, Access to Publicity, Access to New Markets and Access to Business Expertise. Curious to learn more about these partner sessions?

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On February 13, we invited the Top 25 innovators per theme to the Quarterfinals. Innovators had to sway the jury’s hearts in intense speed-dating sessions, after which the jury chose the Top 10 innovations per theme. During the Quarterfinals, the innovations could also exchange experience and knowledge with our partners at the Innovation Café. They could also join the memorable Inspiration Talk with Freerk Bisschop from Rockstart, Irene Hofmeijer from Climate-KIC and Ilham el Khayari from Moroccan Dutch Talent Platform on ‘How to innovate with impact’.

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The Finals took place on June 11 and it was the first Blue Tulip Awards digital event ever. Together with our partners Boom Chicago and RTLZ, we announced our 8 winners! Curious to know who they are?


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