This Tuesday the CaixaForum in Madrid hosted the gala held annually by CincoDías, the dean of the economic press, in the thirteenth edition of the Business Innovation Awards. The award ceremony, which is sponsored by CaixaBank and Repsol, has had a reduced format and it has been possible to continue mitigated in streaming live from 7:00 p.m.
This year, the jury has chosen among the fifty candidates for CHM Obras e Infraestructuras, Applus and Quirónsalud. In addition, Snippet and María Río – vice president and general director of Gilead Spain, a pharmaceutical research company focused on innovative drugs – have joined the list, respectively, awarded in the new categories Startup most innovative and most innovative manager.
The journalist Marta González Novo was in charge of conducting a gala very marked by the pandemic, both due to its reduced nature and the theme of the participants. Thus, the event will feature the special intervention of Zoom’s international director, Abe Smith, in a year in which the application has become one of the main platforms through which to hold meetings and continue, as far as possible, with the operation of the companies. Along these lines, for obvious reasons, beyond teleworking, science has been the other great topic of conversation this year, also from the business sphere. For this reason, the person in charge of closing the gala has been the regional vice president for Europe of Merck Biopharma, Marieta Jiménez.
In this last edition, the jury was attended by Carina Szpilka, president of ADigital, Helena Herrero, president of HP Spain, Fuencisla Clemares, General Director of Google Spain and Portugal, Jorge Rivera, communication director of PRISA, and José Antonio Vega, director of Five days.
Regarding Snippet, the jury highlighted that it is a project that “is helping to change the reality of the companies they work with”. CHM, Obras y Servicios has been selected for its Repara 2.0 project, an initiative focused on the development of new techniques and information systems for the sustainable rehabilitation of pavements and roads. From Applus +, Sin Limits stands out, an action that effectively incorporates responsibility into corporate culture. The last winner was Quirónsalud for its Talent Beats nursing school, which seeks to design and implement an innovative practice experience adapted to the current needs of hospitals. Through their program, they influence the practical training, entertainment and commitment of students.