Award application

Innovation Award ‘Bio-based Material of the Year’ 2020

Three winners: Innovation Award ‘Bio-based Material of the Year’ 2020

We are looking for an innovative bio-based material in a new application that has been launched on the market in the current year or is about to be launched on the market. The innovation award is sponsored by YNCORIS Industrial Services.


First stage: From now until 15 March 2020

Producers and inventors of innovative products and technologies are invited to hand in a completed application form (application offline) and a leaflet or a two-page PDF about the product in English including printable digital pictures (300 dpi), which are free of use in our subsequent media publicity. The documents should explain the particular aspects of the innovation and when it was launched on the market. It is also necessary to submit a sample of the product (or a small material sample if the product is too unhandy).

Delivery address: nova-Institut GmbH, Dr. Seena Koyadan, Chemiepark Knapsack, Gebaeude 0611, Industriestraße 300, 50354 Huerth, Germany

Second stage: Mid of March

A jury consisting of representatives of the nova-Institute, the advisory board and sponsors of the conference will nominate the outstanding “Top 6” applicants prior to the conference. After the jury has selected the “Top 6” candidates among the applicants, their application documents will be made available for download from the conference website to provide our audience and other interested individuals a first glimpse of these innovations.

Third stage: At the conference (12 May 2020)

In a short 10-minute presentation, each of the six companies will introduce their innovation on the first day of the conference (12 May). Following the presentations, the audience will choose the three winners, who will be presented with their awards at the Innovation Award Ceremony (likewise on 12 May), in the evening.
The “Top 6” will present their innovations in a shared exhibition space provided by the nova-Institute. Additionally, there is the option to book your own exhibition space (All information on the exhibition booking.).
All winners and their innovations will be highlighted in the subsequent media coverage.

Each “Top 6” candidate will get one free 3-day ticket and further tickets at a discount rate.


In the past, the companies like Aakar Innovations (IN), Aimplas (ES), Arctic Biomaterials (FI), Bio-Lutions (DE), Cardolite Corporation (US/BE), Covestro (DE), Fischerwerke (DE), Ecovative Design (US), Evonik (DE), FKuR(DE), Golden Compound (DE), Hib Trim Part Solutions (DE/JP), NewLight Technologies (US), Omodo (DE), Orineo (BE), Paptic (FI), Phytowelt (DE), Qmilk (DE), Spinnova (FI) and Staedtler Mars (DE) have already won the Innovation Award. We received a great feedback from these companies and they reported a significant boost for their bio-based innovation after the conference. Find more details about the winners from previous years.