The first Belgian “Innovators under 35”, a prestigious award ceremony hosted by MIT Technology Review, will take place in Brussels next Wednesday. The event will award talented people under 35 from all over the world. They create solutions in areas such as education, medicine, or biotechnology. For more than 10 years, the world-wide competition has awarded the most brilliant young innovators, among them Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook), Sergey Brin (Google), Konstantin Novoselov (Nobel prize for Physics), and Max Levchin (developer of PayPal).
Selected from around 100 candidates (88% men and 12% women), the seven best Belgian innovators will be unveiled on the 20th of May, at CO Station on the place Sainte-Gudule in Brussels. They will present their work to an audience of entrepreneurs, university workers and experts in the world of innovation. The impact of construction on the environment, food safety and a new approach to health care are challenges that our society faces today. This competition looks at solutions that combine technology, innovation, and creativity.
Two of the seven Belgian innovators will receive an extra award: “Innovator of the year” or “Social Innovator”, which will be given to the most remarkable candidates. This initiative gives the winners an international platform to present their projects, meet investors and get easier access to new opportunities.
More than 100 young investors from Spain, France, Germany, and Italy are already part of the global community of innovators aged under 35. Poland will also have its first award ceremony this year (in June).
Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)