FrieslandCampina Sustainability Award presented at Philips event

15 May 2013

The FrieslandCampina Sustainability Award was presented at the final of the Philips Innovation Award, held on 14 May. Frank van Ooijen presented the prize on behalf of FrieslandCampina to Suryojal, a collaborative venture of international students. Suryojal is Hindi for ‘water from the sun’ and that is exactly what the students are trying to achieve with technology. Elsa Valencia accepted the cheque for EUR 2,500. ‘We are harnessing solar energy to generate green energy and we’re distilling water into drinking water quality. We are currently working on the technological development and this prize will certainly help us with that.’

This was the first time that FrieslandCampina sponsored the Philips Innovation Award. Frank van Ooijen, director of sustainability: ‘Good ideas about nutrition and health are essential for the future. We need innovation to be sustainable.’

About the Philips Innovation Award
The Philips Innovation Award event was organised for the eighth time. Frans van Houten, CEO of Philips, believes it is important to encourage innovation among students: ‘Innovation is important, for large and small businesses and for start-ups. The idea behind this prize is to encourage students above all to develop their good ideas.’

The first prize of EUR 47,000 was awarded to SciSports, a company that focuses on improving transfers in the football world by providing the correct information using algorithms. Frans van Houten: ‘They have the best business plan with the best revenue forecasts.’

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