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The Global Innovation Award

The winners for the 2021 edition are:

Upload your sustainable innovation video to GloballyGreat and enter the competition to win the 2021 Global Innovation Award

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About the competition

Globally is excited to organize the yearly Global Innovation Award for the third year in a row: The award where global innovations get the chance to enter and grow in the UAE market with the support of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment.


Who is it for?

Companies from all over the world with innovations that can support the UAE in becoming the most sustainable destination in the world


How does it work?

Applicants can upload their innovation video to GloballyGreat and fill in the application form until December 24th, 2020, after which the jury will select a winner. The jury will evaluate your submission based on the impact your innovation can have on sustainable living in the UAE. Preference will be given to innovations which have a proven track record of making a positive impact on our planet. The winner(s) will be announced during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2021.


What is there to win?

This year 3 Awards will be handed out. There will be one overall winner of the Global Innovation Award and 2 category awards: SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production sponsored by Bee'ah and SDG 14 Life Below Water sponsored by DP World.


The winner(s) will get:
- Exposure to a large global audience during the virtual award ceremony at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
- Support from UAE government organizations and award partners; including Bee'ah, the Middle East's leading waste management company, and DP World, the global ports operator
- 6 months of free access to one of Dubai's coolest co-working spaces at Dtec
- A dedicated company channel on GloballyGreat

The 2020 Winners

Winner Global



As the technology leader in organic photovoltaics (OPV), Heliatek develops, produces and distributes industrial-grade organic PV solar films for virtually any building surface (horizontal, vertical, curved, rigid, and flexible).


Since winning the award last year, Heliatek has partnered with Etihad Energy Service (ESCO) and realized a major pilot project in Dubai: the installation of 40 films (1kWp) OPV at the Al Jalila Cultural Center for Children. The project will become the driver for large scale roof installations in Dubai and the Middle East.

Winner UAE


Neutral Fuels

Neutral Fuels LLC is a UAE company which transforms waste cooking oil into clean, sustainable Net Zero Biofuel, enabling its clients to stop contributing to climate change and reduce transport and logistics carbon emissions to zero.

Since winning the award last year, Neutral Fuels has grown tremendously and booked some major successes. For example, the company now provides biofuel for the Emirates fleet of transport buses for cabin crew, Neutral Fuels started a pilot project with RTA and ENOC to fuel the traditional Abras with biofuel and is providing over 4000 staff transport buses of ServeU with their biofuel.

Award Partners

Enabling Partners


Are there any costs involved for applicants?

The competition is completely free. As it is a purely online competition anyone in the world can enter by uploading their video and filling in the application form. The award ceremony will be virtual, so there is no need to travel.

What are the criteria used for assessment of the entries?

A. Relevance to the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) pillars: - Energy and Climate Change - Water and Food - The Future of Mobility - Space - Biotechnology in Healthcare - Tech for Good For more information about the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the pillars, go to the website. B. Innovative solution to a pressing sustainability challenge, Clarify what sustainability challenge your innovation is addressing. If possible, link to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. C. Alignment with the UAE Vision 2021 The Vision aims to make the UAE among the best countries in the world by the Golden Jubilee of the Union in 2021. For more information go to website. D. Applicability of the Innovation in the United Arab Emirates.

We entered the competition in one of the previous years. Can we enter again?

You can enter the competition again, but it needs to be with a new video. If your innovation was shortlisted before, you can only enter with a new innovation.

How will GloballyGreat communicate with the applicants?

Confirmation of your application and updates will be sent to the email address you provided in the application form. All communication will be via email, with possibly a video call if you are a finalist.

What does it mean to win the support from UAE government organization and award partners?

If you win the Global Innovation Award, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is committed to make your market entry or growth in the UAE work. Globally will support as an intermediate between the winner(s) and the Ministry and award partners to make this a success.

What does it mean to win a Company Channel on GloballyGreat?

This is a great opportunity to showcase your innovation(s) to the world. For one year, you will be able to upload unlimited number of videos on the platform, and your company name and logo will be mentioned, allowing visitors to get in contact with you. You will also be mentioned as one of the Globally Partners on the website.

Who won the award in 2019?

In 2019, The Waste Transformers were selected as the global winner. Watch their video here.

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