General Information

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The award recognises the efforts of a JA start-up company that features strong gender diversity in terms of team members and demonstrates the best forward-looking technology driven concept, with strong business potential and sustainability, as well as viability and scalability.

The Criteria

Technology Driven Innovation (40%)

  • Has the company demonstrated innovative use of ICT (mobile technology, Collaboration Tools, Cloud based technology, Internet of Things or Internet of Everything) in their product or services?
  • Is their product innovative and creative?

Business Potential and Sustainability (30%):

  • The vision and goals for the development of the business over the next years.
  • Demonstrate that the solution represents sufficient business potential to justify the investment efforts and the risks to be taken.
  • Show concrete steps have been taken to becoming a real and sustainable business.

Viable & Scalable Business (30%)

  • The business idea is realistic and practical.
  • Fulfills a need / recognizes a market gap.
  • Creates a new market.

The Microsoft Signature Award Jury

Sylvie Laffarge

Director of Philanthropies Europe Microsoft

Kate Margaret Barnes

Strategic Partnerships Manager Philanthropies Europe Microsoft