STV news anchor and writer, John MacKay, will host the event, launched this year by Innovators Magazine and The Herald.

The evening will celebrate the key elements that underpin the innovation economy, while also recognising its contribution to delivering a sustainable future.

And everyone who buys a ticket for the big night will be able to take a walk down Innovation Street, where pioneering companies will be showcasing their latest ideas and products.

“Glasgow is a perfect choice for this event given our centuries-long tradition in innovation. From the steam engine to the fridge to thermodynamics and the ultrasound, the city has long been synonymous with new discovery and invention,” Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and City Convener for Inclusive Economic Growth, said.

“We continue that work today, with two innovation districts in the city tied to the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde conducting world leading research in the life sciences, stratified medicine, and quantum technology. These districts are committed to looking for the next breakthroughs and their work has the support of the City Government that I lead.

“We are delighted that Glasgow is to host these awards as the city continues to be a global game changer itself.”

Winners will be named in a variety of categories, including women in innovation; intrapreneurship; corporates doing good, startups working in the sharing economy, collaborative initiatives; STEM education; young pioneers; and the circular economy.

The new event has been praised by the organisers of the European Innovation Summit, Knowldegde4Innovation.

“This is an exciting addition to the innovation economy. It’s great to see our partners at Innovators Magazine collaborating with Newsquest International to host the first ‘Global Game Changers’ awards in Scotland. Collaboration is a vital element of the innovation process. The awards will recognise those pioneering companies and individuals that are working to build a sustainable future by contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” said Roland Strauss, Managing Director at Knowledge4Innovation.

“And with it being the 10th anniversary of the European Innovation Summit here in Brussels next year, who knows, we may well be welcoming the ‘Global Game Changers’ awards to the Belgian capital in 2018.”

Grab your tickets now for the 13 September event.

For further details or to get involved contact Lynn Kelly: | 0141 302 6011

Finalists in full

Collaboration for change (Sponsored by Bond Dickinson)

  • Opening Educational Practices Scotland
  • TEV Project/Newcastle University collaboration
  • Thales UK, CENSIS, University of West of Scotland
  • University of Glasgow

Women in Innovation (Sponsored by BAE Systems)

  • Caroline Jones Carrick
  • Dr Holly Butler
  • Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris
  • Victoria Hamilton

Innovating in Stem Education/Training (Sponsored by City of Glasgow College)

  • Ayrshire College
  • Edinburgh College
  • Glasgow Clyde College
  • University of Strathclyde
  • West College Scotland

Circular breakthrough

  • 3f bio Ltd
  • Celtic Renewables Ltd
  • Jaw Brew
  • Synergie Environ Ltd

Breaking the Mould: Empowering Intrapreneurship

  • Arabesque
  • EIS Waste Services Ltd
  • KCP Environmental Solutions Ltd
  • SmartGreenCharge 1st renewable Electric Station by Smart Green Batteries EV Chargers & Sol

Start-Up and Share

  • Arabesque
  • EnteroBiotix
  • Find a Player

Corporates For Good

  • Clearwater Controls Limited
  • Star Renewable Energy (SRE)

Young Pioneers

  • James McIlroy
  • Victoria Hamilton



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