3rd Place in the Best Innovator 2014

The Best Innovator contest is unique in that it does not assess specific innovations but the procedures of the innovation management within the company. Furthermore, the contest is not only about product and service innovations but also innovations of processes or business models of the companies. První brněnská strojírna Velká Bíteš demonstrated its innovation processes to the commission by means of the innovation of the TP100 turboprop engine designed for small aircraft.

The Best Innovator contest consists of 2 rounds. The first round comprises of a comprehensive questionnaire in which the participants describe the key aspects of their innovation process such as the way of collecting ideas, motivation of employees to come up with new ideas, methods of involving third parties into the innovation process, ways of measuring the success of innovations, or the extent of utilisation of the „gate“ system – i.e. the systematic process of decision-making on whether to terminate the innovation or continue with it during its individual stages. Within the second round the participating companies are visited by the members of the expert commission who evaluate the actual management of the innovation process on the spot. This year the ten-member jury was chaired by Professor Jiří Bíla from the Czech Technical University in Prague. “I think the reference visits have confirmed that the superior results in the field of innovation culture are achieved thanks to strong leading figures – the company visionaries or owners who are enthusiastic about innovations and who can inspire the entire company. On the other hand we often hear complaints that there still isn’t any optimal model of cooperation between the academic and private sector,” says Mr. Bíla.

The Large-sized Enterprises category
1.    Sandvik Chomutov Precision Tubes spol. s.r.o.
2.    Moravia Cans a.s.
3.    První brněnská strojírna Velká Bíteš, a.s.
3.    Raiffeisenbank a.s.

The Small and Medium-sized Enterprises category
1.    Bioveta, a.s.
2.    Strojírenské kovovýrobní družstvo SKD
3.    ZPA Smart Energy a.s

Special Honourable Mention by A.T. Kearney
The biggest innovation potential – Pivovary Staropramen s. r. o.
The biggest surprise of the contest – the Card Centre of Česká spořitelna
Members of the expert commission:
  • prof. Ing. Jiří Bíla, DrSc. - Professor at the Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague (chairman of the commission)
  • prof. Ing. Jaromír Veber, CSc. - Deputy Minister for the Research and Higher Education
  • doc. Ing. Pavel Švejda, CSc., FEng. - Secretary General of the Association of Innovative Entrepreneurship CR, and President of the Science and Technology Parks Association of the Czech Republic
  • Ing. Jan Šedivý, CSc. - lecturer at the Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, and author of a number of patents
  • PhDr. Tomáš Sedláček - Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at ČSOB (a Czech national bank), author of the book “Economics of Good and Evil”
  • Ing. Jan Procházka – Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Exportní garanční a pojišťovací společnosti, a.s. (Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation)
  • Ing. Tomáš Martoch - Senior Manager Business Development, GS1 Czech Republic, and a national coordinator of the Czecho-Slovak ECR Initiative
  • Ing. Julie Hrstková – analyst of the Hospodářské Noviny newspaper
  • doc. Ing. Karel Havlíček, Ph.D., MBA – Chief Executive Officer of SINDAT, and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic
  • doc. Ing. Jiří Cienciala, CSc. - Rector of the Business School Ostrava, and Vice President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic
  • Ing. Jaroslav Burčík, Ph.D. – Director of the Inovacentrum at the Czech Technical University in Prague