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Countdown to innovation awards


There is just over a week to go until one of the most eagerly anticipated innovation events of the year – the inaugural Global Game Changers awards.

The event, launched by Innovators Magazine and The Herald, will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre on 13 September. It will celebrate the innovation economy, in all its cross-sectoral glory, and recognise the pioneers working to deliver a sustainable world.

There has been widespread support for the new platform. It was endorsed from day one by the European Innovation Summit, an annual event backed by the European Commission. The organisers of that, Knowledge4Innovation, praised the approach taken by ourselves and The Herald in establishing global game changers, labelling collaboration as a “vital element of the innovation process”. And with 2018 the 10th anniversary of the summit, they have expressed interest in welcoming the awards platform to Brussels.

The circular economy will be one of the areas featured on the night, with other categories including: women in innovation; intrapreneurship; corporates doing good, startups working in the sharing economy, collaborative initiatives; STEM education; and young pioneers.

Welcoming the awards to Glasgow, the leader of the city council, Susan Aitken told Innovators Magazine: “Glasgow is a perfect choice for this event given our centuries-long tradition in innovation. From the steam engine to the fridge to thermodynamics and the ultrasound, the city has long been synonymous with new discovery and invention.

“We continue that work today, with two innovation districts in the city tied to the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde conducting world leading research in the life sciences, stratified medicine, and quantum technology. These districts are committed to looking for the next breakthroughs and their work has the support of the City Government that I lead.

“We are delighted that Glasgow is to host these awards as the city continues to be a global game changer itself.”

There is still time get tickets for the 13 September event. And for further details or to get involved contact Lynn Kelly: – 0141 302 6011

Finalists in full

Collaboration for change (Sponsored by Bond Dickinson)

Opening Educational Practices Scotland 

TEV Project/Newcastle University collaboration

Thales UK, CENSIS, University of West of Scotland

University of Glasgow

Women in Innovation (Sponsored by BAE Systems)

Caroline Jones Carrick

Dr Holly Butler

Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris

Victoria Hamilton

Innovating in Stem Education/Training (Sponsored by City of Glasgow College)

Ayrshire College

Edinburgh College

Glasgow Clyde College

University of Strathclyde

West College Scotland 

Circular breakthrough

3f bio Ltd

Celtic Renewables Ltd

Jaw Brew

Synergie Environ Ltd

Breaking the Mould: Empowering Intrapreneurship


EIS Waste Services Ltd

KCP Environmental Solutions Ltd

SmartGreenCharge 1st renewable Electric Station by Smart Green Batteries EV Chargers & Sol

Start-Up and Share



Find a Player

Corporates For Good

Clearwater Controls Limited

Star Renewable Energy (SRE)

Young Pioneers 

James McIlroy

Victoria Hamilton

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Iain is a creative writer, journalist and lecturer, and formerly an editor of two international business publications. Iain is now editor of Innovators Magazine, as well as the strategic content director for OnePoint5Media.


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