Publish Date: 30.03.2015

Category: News from the University

Today, the Rector of the University of Ljubljana, prof. dr. Ivan Svetlik, together with the managing director of the Ljubljana University Incubator (LUI), dr. Lidija Honzak, and vice-rector of the University of Ljubljana, Maja Makovec Brenčič, awarded the Rector’s prizes for the best innovation of the University of Ljubljana for 2015. The prize for the best innovation went to the project titled “Printing Ink for Irreversible Temperature Indicators with Low-Temperature Activation”. The authors of all three winning innovations have received support in the commercialisation of their innovations and a financial award from the Rector’s fund.

The competition for the rector’s prize for best innovation in 2015 has been organised by the University of Ljubljana together with the Ljubljana University Incubator for the fifth year in a row. This time, the response from young candidates was big. The competition represents an encouragement for marketing all the technological and non-technological innovations and innovative entrepreneurial ideas created at the University of Ljubljana. The purpose of the competition every year is to encourage innovative individuals to commercialise their innovations - either in the form of their own company or in any other form (e.g. in the form of a patent).

This year, 31 innovative ideas were put forward in the competition for the Rector’s prize for the best innovation of the University of Ljubljana. From those who applied, nine finalists were selected by the expert commission composed of dr. Lidija Hoznak, Primož Kunaver, MBA, prof. dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič and dr. Marjan Leban. The selection of the three best innovative ideas was held on March 5, when the finalists presented their ideas and answered questions from the expert commission. From the nine finalists, the committee selected three winning innovations and announced them at today’s event, which took place in the assembly Hall of the University of Ljubljana. 1st place was won by the project “Printing Ink for Irreversible Temperature Indicators with Low-Temperature Activation”,

2nd place was won by the innovation LACEnano and 3rd place by the iTreeAssay project. The authors of all three winning innovations have received support in commercialising their innovations and a financial award from the Rector’s fund in the total amount of €6000.

Before the award ceremony, we asked passers-by in Ljubljana the question “What is innovation?” and received some interesting answers. Watch the video:

 

Photos below by Željko Stevanić, IFP, d.o.o.