The 30 selected semi-finalists are put to the test at the semi-finals which will take place at the ‘Drijvend Paviljoen’ in Rotterdam. Last year 2 young Groningen Entrepreneurs were selected; IV Wear and Trustthesource
The semi-final consists of both an Innovation Market where investors have the opportunity to get in touch with the semi-finalist, and a series of pitches by the participants in order to convince the jury that they belong in the finals of the Philips Innovation Award 2019. The Innovation Market will not only be visited by investors; several hundreds of students and other interested people will be able to personally ask all the questions they have on the 30 participants on a personal level. Furthermore, the innovators will be able to show their prototypes or product movies to all who are interested. Meanwhile, all participants will perform a one-minute pitch in a separate room in front of a jury and a small audience. At the end of the day, the jury will proudly announce the five finalists of the innovator stage and the three finalists of the Rough Diamond stage.
The day will be concluded with a social drink where all students, investors, and participants can share their thoughts on the 30 semi-finalists and innovation as a whole.