What a week! We were suddenly nominated for two start-up awards: the eco Internet Award 2015 in the category “Internet start-up” and the Golden Idea Award from Idée Suisse. We were able to take the latter home with us. However, at the eco Gala we had to concede first place to the Ampido parking space app.
On June 22, 2015, the Swiss Society of Idea and Innovation Management (Idée Suisse) hosted the Schweizer Innovationsgipfel (Swiss Innovation Summit) 2015 at the Technopark Zürich. The occasion celebrated the 35 years of the society’s existence, which the organization also called on when awarding the “Prix Idée d’Or 2015” to the Swiss start-up Mila.
As a spin-off of the software producer Coresystems, Mila has created market places for additional services – by customers for customers – together with partners such as telecommunications provider Swisscom and Vodafone Deutschland as well as energy companies IWB and ewz. In the process, customers of the respective companies can go online to book, pay for and rate services provided around their home (WLAN installation, mounting of lamps, etc.) by adept neighbors in their vicinity. For the idea of crowd service market places, Mila received the “Prix Idée d’Or 2015”, which Idée-Suisse awards to innovative companies every year. The criteria for an invitation include the degree of innovation, social and economic impact and the image effect for Switzerland. Manuel Grenacher, founder and CEO of Mila, accepted the prize in person at the Technopark Zürich.
“We have already put our online services by customers for customers into practice with several large companies. We are now all the more delighted to be taking an innovation prize home for this idea. Prizes like the Golden Idea Award promote the visibility of start-ups like Mila and can sustainably foster entrepreneurship in Switzerland,” explained Grenacher.
Idée Suisse is a non-profit organization that has been aiming to increase the culture of creativity and innovation in the Swiss economic area since 1981. Besides Mila, other companies such as Gomes Design & Technik, comfylight AG, Vanamco AG and Heersysteme AG also received awards.
The eco Internet Award was also awarded by eco – Association of the Internet Industry on June 25, 2015. Companies from the Internet industry that enrich the market with innovative products and services were honored in seven main categories. Mila was nominated in the “Internet start-up” category and came in second place behind the Ampido parking space app. A most successful week!
Source: eco e.v. / Jose Poblete