Since 2007, Accenture, together with partners, has presented the Accenture Innovation Awards to the most promising startups and innovations in the Netherlands, helping them to grow, scale and develop.
Last year, the program underwent a reset. Under the new name Blue Tulip Awards, the focus is now even more on collaboration, strong partnerships and real innovation. Also, the pool of applicants has been opened to applications from outside the Netherlands. This is very fortunate for us - as from our German location we often look very impressed - and honestly somewhat envious - at our Dutch neighbors and their activities regarding innovation and startup support.
What's behind the
"Climate and Energy" category of the Blue Tulip Awards
Globally, 2016 is the warmest year on record (as measured by deviation from the global average). Among the top 10 warmest years in Germany, only one is from before 2000 (as of 2020).
With the help of technological advances, innovations, and changes in human actions, it is still possible to limit the rise in global temperatures despite the records that have been set.
The fact remains, however, that we must act now to combat climate change and advance the transition to clean energy. Anthropogenic climate change is a system challenge that we are also addressing with Wasser 3.0.
That's why we are in the Climate and Energy category
The Blue Tulip Awards focus on innovations that combat climate change, protect our environment and oceans, and promote a green energy transition. Clean water is a key component to achieving all of these goals.
Water is about to become the most serious resource constraint of the 21st century - a 'new oil' that will define opportunities and conflicts for generations. In particular, the increasing levels of various pollutants in our waters - macro, micro and nano - are a major environmental problem with high risks for climate, biodiversity and human health. Therefore, we need to complement initiatives on carbon footprint and renewable energy with initiatives for less water consumption and pollution.
With our solutions, we focus not only on improving water quality, but also around adjacent areas such as emissions reductions, energy generation and consumption, waste prevention, and waste reuse.
Circularity, biodiversity conservation, contributions to the energy transition through innovative technology, and solutions to prevent ocean acidification are also core elements of our work for waters without microplastics and micropollutants.
This is exactly where you can help and support us. As a sponsor or donor, project partner or impact investor or simply by bringing visibility to our solutions.