The best Czech innovations of 2013

The Czech Innovation Award for 2013 has been granted to a unique translucent concrete LiCrete. It is the first building material which can transmit light through all its surfaces. LiCrete was favorited by 33 percent of all participants who visited the Czech Innovation Festival in the National Technical Library in Prague on Friday, 14th March.

Festival Ceska inovace 2014

The third year of the Czech Innovation competition has attracted a record number of 127 innovative projects from various spheres of industry, commerce, science or public administration. The finalists in five categories were selected by more than hundred-member jury of experts from the corporate sector, government, industrial research and academic and research institutions. The winners were announced during the Czech Innovation Festival 2014.

The winner in the category Innovation in Public Sector was project of Pilsen city multi-function chip card charging via ATM from Pilsen City Transport Company. It has been followed by the Best Innovative Idea category focusing on innovative ideas of individuals and students, namely by the biotechnological production of biodegradable plastic based on polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) from Materials Research Centre in Brno, and by the unique translucent conrete LiCrete, the winning project of the Promising Innovation category dedicated for entrepreneurs and startups.

In the category of Innovative Star, where small and medium-sized businesses compete together, the jury chose as the winner a special vehicle ELBEE for disabled people sitting in the wheelchair from ZLKL. The C-NAIL calcaneal nail from Medin was announced as the most successful innovation in the Innovative Company category intended for large enterprises and corporations.

Special prize for Socially Beneficial Innovation is a new category this year. It was awarded to the project with biggest social impact across the categories – new technology of biochar production from biowaste utilization of waste heat from BIOUHEL.CZ

Purpose of the Czech Innovation Award is to recognize perspective innovations, award their authors and support commercialization of their ideas. Česká inovace (ČIN) as the organizer of the competition has already helped many projects to move a step forward by providing visibility, advice, financial support or connections to relevant partners. It is possible thanks to partners 3M ČeskoEraO2PwC Česká republikaRaiffeisenbank, Zátiší Group,  AllianzHavas Worldwide Prague, and many others.

Photos from the Festival and Awards as well as video interviews with Festival personalities can be found here. Are you interested in what is happening on the largest “innovation playground” in the Czech Republic? Follow the web, Facebook and LinkedIn profile of the Česká inovace.

FCIN 2014 Interviews

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Overview of 2013 Czech Innovation Award winners

Absolute Winner
LiCrete – translucent concrete
LiCrete, s.r.o. l Ladislav Eberl and Jiří Peters, Founders
Innovation in Public Sector
Pilsen city multi-function chip card charging via ATM
Plzeňské městské dopravní podniky, a.s. l Martin Chval, Director of the Pilsen Card Department
Innovative Idea
Biotechnological production of biodegradable plastic based on polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)
CMV FCH VUT v Brně l Ivana Márová, Senior Researcher
Promising Innovation
LiCrete – translucent concrete
LiCrete, s.r.o. l Ladislav Eberl and Jiří Peters, Founders
Innovative Star
ELBEE – Special vehicle for the disabled people sitting in the wheelchair
ZLKL, s.r.o. l Ladislav Brázdil, Project Manager
Innovative Company
C-NAIL calcaneal nail
Medin, a.s. l Luboš Žilka, Technical Director
Special prize for Socially Beneficial Innovation
Biochar production from biowaste utilization of waste heat
BIOUHEL.CZ s.r.o. l Jan Káňa, Managing Director

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