Rules & Guidelines

The global InnoVision Ecosystem Awards are a celebration of innovative ecosystems around the world, annually showcasing innovative achievements (new technologies) made and applied internationally. Every year, the event will take place in a new hosting city. Our very first event will be held digitally on October 13th, 2020 within the DLD Live Tel Aviv, and broadcasted from the innovative city of Tel Aviv.

The InnoVision 2020 event will include pitches from 8 final nominees, all presenting the most outstanding technologies to come out of their regions this year. These 8 ecosystems will be determined in accordance to evaluation criteria and selected by the InnoVision Committee, headed by world-renowned serial entrepreneur, Dr. Yossi Vardi.

InnoVision Committee
The InnoVision Committee consists of an expert panel of international judges and headed by world-renowned serial entrepreneur, Dr. Yossi Vardi. The InnoVision jury process is transparent and guarantees a fair selection of the final nominees and the winner.

Who can apply?
No matter how big the ecosystem, everyone who has developed a new technology in any field and would like to get recognized can apply. It can be countries, cities, districts, or tech parks around the globe that actively work to promote innovation in their ecosystem. The innovative achievement (technology) can span a broad range of fields, from cybersecurity to education, climate action, communications, health, life sciences, agriculture, energy, water, finance, food tech, automotive, aerospace, and beyond.

How to apply?
Ecosystems can apply to participate in the challenge by filling out the nomination form no later than September 15th, 2020. The nomination form needs to be sent to [email protected], or apply HERE.

Evaluation Criteria

The final nominees will be determined by the InnoVision committee, which will review each nomination based on:

50% - The significance of the new technology, developed in the nominated ecosystem and its:
- Impact
- Sustainability
- Creativity
- Scalability
- Versatility
- Uniqueness
- The possibility of making a positive contribution to the global community
- etc.

50% - The Ecosystem’s Role in the developed technology:
- The level of involvement of regional ecosystem constituents (government, academia, industry, VC, accelerators, incubators, investors, etc.)
- Innovation-friendly business environment – ease of doing business
- Venture-friendly regulation
- Access to finance (public funding/individual investors/venture capital funds)
- Investment in education, development of skills and entrepreneurship training
- Research – university-industry partnerships
- Skilled talent - quality of HR
- Internationalization- cooperation with global R&D centers, industries and public-sectors organizations
- etc.

The 8 selected nominees will be notified no later than October 1st, 2020, by way of an invitation to present their solutions at the online InnoVision Ecosystem Awards event on October 13th, 2020. The chosen nominees will also be announced on the InnoVision and DLD Sync TLV websites.

The 8 final nominees will present a 5 minutes pitch on October 13th, 2020 at the DLD Sync Tel Aviv digital event in front of an online audience and InnoVision’s prestigious panel of judges.
Winner Announcement
The winner will be announced live at the end of the event and will be determined by the InnoVision committee based on the presentations. The winning ecosystem for this year will receive a seal of approval to share on digital channels, and an award of honor. The winner will be published on the InnoVision and DLD Sync TLV websites as well.

*What Is a Business Ecosystem?
A business ecosystem is the network of organizations including industry, accelerators, incubators, investors, government agencies, academia and so on involved in the delivery of a specific technological product or service through both competition and cooperation. The idea is that each entity in the ecosystem affects and is affected by the others, creating a constantly evolving relationship in which each entity must be flexible and adaptable in order to survive as in a biological ecosystem (as cited in