InnoLead's Impact Awards

InnoLead’s Impact Awards honor companies that have achieved extraordinary outcomes related to innovation, design, new business models, and new offerings. Unlike other awards, InnoLead’s program is focused on quantifiable impact created for the business, customers, and the overall market.

2022 award applications will be accepted from May 16, 2022 through June 24, 2022.

You can read about our 2021 Impact Award winners or watch a webcast that features several of our 2021 honorees talking about their winning initiatives.

There is just one award category for 2022:

  • Impact Award ($295 entry fee for non-members)

There are no submission fees for current InnoLead members.

The Impact Awards will be a central part of our fall 2022 Impact conference.

About the Awards Program

Have you delivered impact through a crowdsourcing program, innovation lab, employee idea challenge, corporate VC program, new product launch, or other innovation strategy — whether internally or externally focused? Then you should be submitting to the Impact Awards!

Our Impact Awards acknowledge established initiatives that are at least one year old and have delivered concrete business results. Entries will be accepted starting in May 2022. Winners will be announced at our annual fall conference, Impact SF.

Timelines and Deadlines

  • May 10, 2022: Submissions open for 2022 awards cycle
  • June 24, 2022: Submission deadline for 2022 awards cycle
  • September 13th, 2022: Finalists announced for 2022 Impact Awards
  • October 11th, 2022: Winners of the 2022 Impact Awards announced
  • October 2022: Winners honored at Impact SF

The 2021 Judging Panel:

  • Chad Brady, Director, Oracle Utilities (former Director, Duke Energy)
  • Algernon Callier, Head of Business Development, Jiffy.ai
  • Michelle Cohen, Director of the Innovation & Acceleration Lab, CME Group
  • Jeff George, Senior VP of R&D, The Hain Celestial Group
  • Jay Gerhart, VP, Innovation Engine, Atrium Health
  • Colleen Hau, Director of Global Product Innovation, Carhartt
  • Fuat Koro, former Head of Corporate Strategy & Innovation, Bose Corp.
  • Navin Kunde, Department Manager of Open Innovation, Clorox
  • Tony Parham, Senior VP and Head of Sales Innovation, Fidelity Investments
  • Rick Paster, VP of M&A Integration, Peloton
  • Jeanette Uddoh, Head of Innovation, Access Bank
  • Dan Wheeler, Chief Marketing Officer, Uncle Julios Corp.

Eligibility Criteria

Entries will be accepted from companies that have more than 1,000 employees AND generate at least $100 million in annual revenue. Companies from all industries and locations are encouraged to apply. We will also accept entries from nonprofits and government entities with 500 or more employees.

Entries are valid for work undertaken between January 1, 2019 and June 1, 2022. Because many innovation initiatives take several years to create meaningful impact, we’ve allowed for an extended eligibility period to capture initiatives for which you may have measurable impact data or metrics.

FAQ

What are the Impact Awards?

InnoLead, the world's largest community of corporate innovators, created the Impact Awards to honor companies and individuals that have achieved extraordinary outcomes related to their R&D, HR, new product development, and other innovation-related initiatives.

Are there fees to enter?

Entries are free for members of InnoLead (click here for more information on membership). Non-members will be charged $295 for each entry. If you're not an IL member, you'll receive an invoice following your submission. Entries will not be considered until any relevant entry fees are paid.

Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes, you may submit multiple entries if there are several projects that you’d like to have considered for awards.

Who are the judges?

Finalists will be chosen by InnoLead’s editorial team, but we’ve assembled a panel of outside judges to choose the winners from the pool of awards finalists.

How will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced during our annual conference, Impact, and on our website.

What will the winners receive?

Winners receive a beautiful award, and presentation of the award will be part of our Impact SF conference agenda. Impact Award winners will have the opportunity to create short pre-recorded videos or run live sessions to share advice and insights from their initiative; these will be shared before and during the conference. Impact Awards winners will receive one complimentary ticket to Impact SF. (Vendors and consultancies, if you submit an award on behalf of a client, please note that if your client wins, only the client has the opportunity to attend Impact and present at the conference. We are able to provide additional trophies to firms submitting on behalf of a client, for a small fee, and we will credit vendors and consultancies in any write-ups related to the winners that appear online or in print.)

All winners will be recognized as part of the proceedings of Impact SF 2022.

All winners will be promoted by InnoLead in all its vehicles, including email, web, and social media. The winners will also receive recognition in a press release issued as part of Impact, and during the conference program at Impact 2022. Winners will also receive a digital logo for royalty-free use online and in print, and will be promoted to our community of innovation execs via social media and our newsletter.

Am I required to attend Impact 2022 in order to submit for the Impact Awards?

Award submitters are encouraged to attend Impact 2022, but are not required to purchase a ticket in order to submit. If you have purchased a ticket and win an Impact Award, you will have the ability to give your complimentary award winner ticket to another colleague. MVP winners will have the ability to purchase a discounted ticket to Impact.

Who were the past winners?

Past winners include Medtronic, USAA, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Doosan Bobcat, Cisco, Citi, DBS Bank, Reliant, United Way Worldwide, Bosch, Duke Energy, Unilever, State Farm, and more. See the complete lists from 2018, 2019, and 2020.

What should I do before starting the entry process?

It can be helpful to write up your entry (600 words or less) before you begin the submission process. You can do this in any word processing program, and cut-and-paste into the entry form. For the Impact Award category: please focus on not only describing the initiative, but also tangible business results and impact as much as possible. (Let us know in the entry if some data needs to be confidential.)