WIPO Global Awards

WIPO Global Awards celebrates exceptional enterprises and individuals making smart use of intellectual property for commercialization while also bringing a positive contribution to society through their innovation and creativity.

The annual competition is open for self-nomination to applicants from around the world and from all industries. The inaugural phase has started with enterprises, but there are two other award categories planned for women and youth.

The nomination process seeks to identify inventors, creators and entrepreneurs using intellectual property (IP) rights to achieve their business goals and whose skills, technological developments, and creative content contribute to progress and improve other people’s lives.

Award winners are selected by a diverse, independent international jury with a unique expertise in IP, innovation, the creative industries, investment and business.

Introductory video of the WIPO Global Awards 2023

The WIPO Global Awards 2023 competition is now open

The WIPO Global Awards 2023 is searching for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) candidates from around the world that use intellectual property (IP)-backed innovation and creativity in an exceptional manner to achieve business goals and improve society.

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WIPO Global Awards benefits

Map of the world representing the global recognition granted by the WIPO Global Awards

International promotion, recognition, and visibility.

Travel to Geneva to attend the awards ceremony and other networking events.

A personalized mentorship program to achieve new business goals and facilitate access to funding and partnership opportunities.

Get inspired by the WIPO Global Awards jurors

WIPO Global Awards juror Dr. Amin Badr-El-Din

The awards are a great way to be recognized. It is a mechanism to grow, particularly those from less developed intellectual property jurisdictions.

Awards juror Dr. Amin Badr-El-Din, a leading economic and energy strategists presently involved in private equity, venture capital, and angel-investing activities globally.
WIPO Global Awards juror Julius Akinyemi

The Global Awards are a way to amplify the importance of intellectual property as an asset. The only concern I have for those of you in Africa or any other developing world, for that matter, is not to be afraid to thrive.

Awards juror Julius Akinyemi, Entrepreneur In Residence at the MIT Media Lab working on the Next Generation Capital Market Infrastructure for rural commodities producers.
WIPO Global Awards juror Karoli Hindricks

The world is smaller than you think, bring your ideas to our competition and see how you can go global.

Awards juror Karoli Hindriks, entrepreneur and inventor at the age of sixteen, and now founder of a startup working on removing the friction of international relocation by making immigration processes seamless through technology.

WIPO Global Awards community of winners

WIPO Global Award Winner, Hydraloop, a manufacturer of decentralized water recycling systems

Hydraloop – Netherlands

Decentralized water recycling systems

Read the article on Hydraloop

WIPO Global Award Winner, Lucence, a manufacturer of a precision oncology technology

Lucence – Singapore

Invention of ultrasensitive liquid biopsy tests for cancer detection

WIPO Global Award Winner, Raycan, manufacturer of digital PET medical imaging system

Raycan – China

Development and production of digital PET medical imaging

WIPO Global Award Winner, Shylon, manufacturer of LED outdoor landscape lighting

Shylon – China

Design, production and marketing of LED outdoor landscape lighting

WIPO Global Award Winner, Splink, manufacturer of diagnostic technology for early dementia

Splink – Japan

Development of artificial intelligence software for diagnosis of early dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases

Previous edition of the WIPO Global Awards

WIPO Global Awards winners at the inaugural 2022 ceremony in the presence of Director General Daren Tang

The inaugural 2022 Global Awards recognized the central role of innovative and creative activities of SMEs by awarding those that have used IP rights to develop solutions that have made a positive contribution to society, economically, socially, or culturally.

Meet the 2022 finalistsPress release | Winners | Photos on Flickr | Watch the event

Videos are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

About the WIPO Global Awards

The Global Awards program launched in 2022 is rooted in WIPO’s mission to ensure a world where innovation and creativity from anywhere is supported by intellectual property for the good of everyone.

The Global Awards competition aims to encourage the commercialization of IP assets by rewarding enterprises that make a smart use of intellectual property and to address the need to build a more inclusive global innovation ecosystem, which better harnesses the huge innovative and creative energies of entrepreneurs, youth and women.

The awards recognize and support inventors, creators and entrepreneurs using intellectual property (IP) rights to achieve their goals, generate income, create jobs, tackle local and global challenges, and support community and national development.