Each fall, Innovation Leader presents the Impact Awards to honor companies that are leveraging innovation, technology, and R&D initiatives to achieve extraordinary business results. The awards reception is part of our annual Impact gathering for corporate innovators, taking place this year in San Francisco from October 22nd to October 24th.

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Winners from Johnson & Johnson’s JLABS at the 2018 Impact Awards in Boston.

There are two categories: a main category, and a handful of special awards for “Best New Initiative,” given to programs that are relatively new and thus aren’t yet producing the same kind of metrics or results as finalists in the main category. Winners will be announced in late September. (Details on submitting to next year’s competiton can be found here.)

Main Category Finalists:

  • Adtalem Global Education. Initiative: myVRscope
  • AECOM. Initiative: Global Challenge
  • BAE Systems Inc. Initiative: FAST Labs External Innovation Initiative
  • Bosch. Initiative: Scaling Agile Business Model Innovation Globally
  • Citi. Initiative: Corporate Venture Investing as a Driver of Progress and Operational Efficiency
  • Delta Cafés, a Grupo Nabeiro company. Initiative: MIND (Delta’s Innovation Model)
  • Duke Energy. Initiative: Duke Energy’s Analytics Products & Transformation
  • EY. Initiative: Document Intelligence for K-1s
  • Houston Methodist. Initiative: DIOP* at the Houston Methodist Center for Innovation (*Digital Innovation Obsessed People)
  • John I. Haas. Initiative: Innovations Program
  • Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Initiative: Ignition Grants – HELP Challenge
  • Merck KGaA. Initiative: Innovation Center in Darmstadt, Germany
  • Nationwide. Initiative: Activating Core and Adjacent Innovation Inside a Business, with a Small Facilitation Team
  • Wright Brothers Institute. Initiative: Force Multiplier Innovation

Best New Initiative Finalists:

  • BNP Paribas. Initiative: The Gemba Walk for Financial Services Companies
  • BP. Initiative: BP Launchpad
  • Cambia Health Solutions. Initiative: PitchWELL
  • EY. Initiative: Tax News Match
  • Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Initiative: Immersion Central
  • Reliant. Initiative: Your Electricity Just Got Smarter with Reliant and Google
  • Merchants Fleet. Initiative: INNOV8 2019
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Initiative: Vertex Innovation & External Research (VIER) Team
  • Willis Towers Watson. Initiative: Horizons Challenge