THE MALAYSIAN DUTCH BUSINESS COUNCIL INNOVATION & SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS (MISA)
The Netherlands prides itself on green initiatives and it has a long and successful history of innovation. For many years, it has led the world in new innovations and policies that strive to increase sustainability. Combined with Malaysia’s focus and efforts to nurture innovation and sustainability, it was a logical step for MDBC to create an Awards Program highlighting these focus areas.
MDBC’s unique and innovative Awards Program is a platform to showcase the best practices of companies in the areas of Sustainability and Innovation, recognizing them for their excellence and trailblazing spirit in these fields. Initiated in 2011 together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Awards Program started out as the MDBC Sustainability Awards (MSA) and was recently expanded to the MDBC Innovation & Sustainability Awards (MISA). It has steadily grown and provides a way for companies to benchmark their efforts against leaders in these fields.
MISA ’18 focused on organizations who are working on innovations that make the world a better place. Innovations that tackle social and environmental challenges. It is often predicted that in order to keep up with the accelerating rate of innovation, collaboration with start – ups and other stakeholders is a necessity. We therefore, focused on connecting and engaging start – ups / scale – ups, investors, corporates, and other innovators.
The award categories this year (Best Start – Up / Scale – Up in Sustainable Innovation, Best Environmental Innovation, and Best Social Innovation), gave a wide range of companies the opportunity to participate.
Part of this year’s program was comparable with the famous “Shark Tank” concept. We invited shortlisted contestants in the category Best Start – Up / Scale – Up in Sustainable Innovation to pitch their solution to some of the leading organizations in the field of innovation, venture capital management, government, and corporate, who considered the long term growth potential of the presented business concepts.
Our event partners made award prizes and rewards available. These ranged from mentoring and fund raising advice sessions with experts, to patenting assistance, or providing office space and facilities. With this part of the program, we created a low barrier platform for different stakeholders to connect an engage. The goal was to help these start – ups, or scale – ups, fill any gaps in taking their concept and business model to the next (realization) stage.
Thanks to this program extension, MISA ’18 has certainly reached out to a larger segment of our community and far beyond. All award categories were open to both MDBC members and non – members who had an innovative project or business concept to participate with. MDBC stimulated a healthy competition, created exposure opportunities for participating companies, and provided a platform for companies to expand their network, both within and outside of the MDBC community.
MISA ’18 took place on Friday, 12 October 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur.
* Best Environmental Innovation: Paques Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd
* Best Start – Up / Scale – Up in Sustainable Innovation: MN Empire
* Audience Award: HEINEKEN Malaysia
Additional information on the winners, their projects and the judges will be available soon in the MISA ’18 Supplement. Photos from the event are available on the MDBC Facebook Page.
If you missed this year’s MISA, don’t worry, you’ll have another chance to compete in next year’s edition.
* Participate in an intimate gathering of business leaders – better networking and learning experience;
* Receive direct feedback from independent Innovation & Sustainability experts and potential customers;
* Winners receive a prestigious award recognizing their efforts and achievements.
* Hear from key experts on Innovation & Sustainability;
* Join the global effort to create and stimulate Innovative & Sustainable businesses;
* Enjoy a day and an evening of celebration with elite Innovators, your colleagues, business associates, and / or potential clients;
* Gain new ideas and learn about the latest trends in Innovation & Sustainability that can be applied to your industry / company.
Have any questions regarding MISA? You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +603 – 2722 8335.