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With record investments of €5.6 billion euros in R&D in 2020, no less than 422 patents granted, and more than 11,000 people working in R&D-related activities or departments, the chemical, plastics, and life sciences sector is the innovation champion in Belgium. To honor this innovation-oriented mindset and to highlight breakthrough technologies and products, essenscia is launching the fifth edition of the Innovation Award.
Editorial office / Brussels

The essenscia Innovation Award is the most important prize for industrial innovation in Belgium. With this award, essenscia puts leading innovation projects in the spotlight, encouraging Belgian companies and organisations to innovate even more, and to protect their intellectual assets.

The essenscia Innovation Award is a unique opportunity for all participants to gain visibility within the broad innovation network of essenscia, both at academic and industrial level. The nominees as well as the winner will benefit from an extended media coverage. Articles about their innovation projects will be featured in special essenscia Innovation Award editions in leading media. Moreover a video dedicated to their innovations will be produced to highlight their projects during the essenscia Innovation Award ceremony in Brussels, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid and the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Participating start-ups and SMEs can benefit from the support of the essenscia Patent Cell to define a strategy to protect their intellectual property. The winner will be awarded a prize of €30,000.

Applications can be still be submitted until Wednesday, 15 June. The award ceremony will take place on October 18, 2022 in The Square, Brussels.

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