AWARD CATEGORIES


Adapting well to the conditions and challenges at hand requires assessing the current and near future needs in ways that control the biases of the past.

The Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation knows how to create opportunity with flexibility and rigor when incorporating potentially valuable innovative advances. Human behavior around adoption of innovation is complex but many of the barriers and accelerators of adoption are well known.

 We are seeking innovative concepts, products and services that demonstrate thought leadership and innovation that we can help to advance in practical ways that are meaningful and sustainable for communities.

Innovation can be multi-dimensional, involving technology and product innovation, service delivery, organizational process innovations and value streams.

 

AWARD EVALUATION CRITERIA


 
We seek innovative concepts that address a need and solve a problem, as well as seize or create a market or industry opportunity. We are interested in the method used and the development process of the concept and the perceived market opportunity.

We seek innovative concepts that address a need and solve a problem, as well as seize or create a market or industry opportunity. We are interested in the method used and the development process of the concept and the perceived market opportunity.


 
 
Identifying opportunities to address societal issues and contribute   social value is a primary driver for our organization. We would like to understand how the innovation satisfies an existing societal or cultural need or issue or satisfies a need that is not currently satisfied in the market. We seek evidence of how the concept or product is innovative and whether it has distinctive advantages over other available alternatives. We will evaluate the unique value proposition, the relationship between cost and benefits, economic feasibility and societal benefits presented in the application.

Identifying opportunities to address societal issues and contribute social value is a primary driver for our organization. We would like to understand how the innovation satisfies an existing societal or cultural need or issue or satisfies a need that is not currently satisfied in the market. We seek evidence of how the concept or product is innovative and whether it has distinctive advantages over other available alternatives. We will evaluate the unique value proposition, the relationship between cost and benefits, economic feasibility and societal benefits presented in the application.


We need to understand the story and drivers behind the innovation and the delivery message that is, or will be, used to communicate the story in a clear and compelling manner. We are seeking interesting examples of how members of the target community or population have been, or are proposed to be, benefitted and how the concept was, or will be, delivered and made available in the marketplace. Lastly, we need to know how the value proposition of the offering is being, or will be, achieved, fulfilled and validated in the marketplace.

We need to understand the story and drivers behind the innovation and the delivery message that is, or will be, used to communicate the story in a clear and compelling manner. We are seeking interesting examples of how members of the target community or population have been, or are proposed to be, benefitted and how the concept was, or will be, delivered and made available in the marketplace. Lastly, we need to know how the value proposition of the offering is being, or will be, achieved, fulfilled and validated in the marketplace.


Real innovation is not only demonstrated through commercial success but also cultural evolution and contribution to issues affecting communities. We need to understand the immediate and longer term impact the innovation has on health, education, economic empowerment and society in general. We are also interested in how the concept will be applicable on a larger scale than it has been to date.

Real innovation is not only demonstrated through commercial success but also cultural evolution and contribution to issues affecting communities. We need to understand the immediate and longer term impact the innovation has on health, education, economic empowerment and society in general. We are also interested in how the concept will be applicable on a larger scale than it has been to date.