Twenty innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from around the world are finalists for the first-ever WIPO Global Awards.
A selection team chose the finalists from among 272 submissions from 62 countries for the prize, which celebrates commercial solutions based on intellectual property (IP) rights to impact economic, social and cultural progress both home and beyond country borders, with the first edition focused on smaller companies.
An international jury of business leaders selected the winners, who were unveiled on July 19, 2022, during an awards ceremony held at WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Bigo created a bike device: handmade prototype that solves the problem of lack of visibility and develops a novel and simple control system based on the movements of the head to activate the light signals.
Global Mobility Service (GMS) is working to increase incomes and create jobs by providing FinTech services and creating access to finance for the 1.7 billion people around the world who are unable to own and work in automobiles because they cannot pass the credit screening process for conventional loans and leases.
Production and sales of agents for effluent treatment, planning, design, and construction of effluent-treatment facilities, maintenance of effluent-treatment facilities and water-quality analysis, microorganism analysis.
Manaomea has developed a unique and circular upcycling solution "ready-to scale" to turn waste into beauty. They use any textile waste as valuable input and blend it with their own bio resin our – "secret sauce" – to create a tropical-wood like material.
SHYLON have dedicated to the design, production and market in outdoor architecture, landscape, street lighting, forging the classic quality by outstanding industrial design ability and innovative, concise design principle.
Thermy is an intelligent study for breast cancer early detection, combining Thermal images and artificial intelligence.
What happens next?
A panel of seven judges with expertise in IP, innovation and business, and drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, evaluated these 20 candidates. They used a range of criteria, including the successful commercialization of IP and its positive impact on economy, society or culture, while considering the diversity of the contenders and their locations.
What did WIPO Global Awards winners receive?
The five final winners received a variety of awards, including:
Promotion, visibility and recognition through Awards ceremony, special Awards webpage, WIPO media, and other external IP related media;
Skills building program for winners through an IP Skills Building Course for SMEs, suitably adjusted for the particular awardee;
Provision of a customized mentorship program and facilitation of access to financial/commercial sponsorship programs to further expand business or research cooperation.
WIPO launched a new initiative, the Global Awards for SMEs competition, which aims to encourage the commercialization of IP assets by rewarding SMEs that innovate with IP. The competition seeks to identify creative commercial solutions based on IP rights that impact economic, social and cultural progress.