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Open Innovation Challenge 2017

We create the technology to connect the world

In partnership with ngp   
Operated by Nokia Bell Labs

We create the technology to connect the world

The Nokia Open Innovation Challenge, in partnership with venture firm Nokia Growth Partners, is a call for ideas, technologies, and new business models in IoT. If your product or technology is targeting markets in transportation, smart cities, safety and security, and connected industries, or if your solution enables a smart, safe and sustainable world, we are looking for you. 

Open now - Apply before September 28th


Process and timeline


Submission phase 1, July 5 to Sept 6, 2018

“Your proposal needs to include a product or a solution which will rock the world of Industrial IoT ”.

Please fill the submission template with the requested information. There are a number of mandatory questions which are required to be filled to qualify for the challenge and the next round. 

After this phase there is pre-review done by IoT experts and 200 most interesting submissions will be selected for Assessment round 1. 

Deadline: September 6, 2018


Assessment round 1, Sept 17 to Oct 1, 2018

Within this phase Nokia experts will assess your application and select the most promising ones for the next submission phase. 

Results announcement: after 1st of October 2018.
Selected companies: 20 (All companies will be informed by Nokia whether they are selected)


Submission phase 2 - Video, Oct 5 to Oct 15, 2018

Now we have reached the phase where only the best out of the best are anymore in the game. 

You have now 10 days to complete a max 5-minute video presenting your startup and how your concept makes you unique. There will be also section for questions which you will receive from us.  

We would utilize public format of "URL field", which allows an applicant to add a YouTube or Vimeo URL. 


Assessment round 2, Oct 17 to Oct  26, 2018

During this phase, panels of executive experts and mentors from Nokia and ngp capital will review your video submission and online application and select the most promising ones for the final phase. 

Result announcements of the selection will be shared via email on your registered address (latest 31st of October 2018).

Results announcement: October 31, 2018
Selected startups: up to six finalist


Pre final, Dec 5, 2018

Congratulations, we consider your company the creme de la creme of all received applications!

During this day you have the possibility to meet f-2-f with your mentor assigned to you. 

You have the possibility to brush up your pitch and demo.

Prepare yourself for the Grand Final!

All are winners here!

Winners: Up to six


Grand final, Dec 6, 2018

TODAY is the DAY! 

You now have 8 minutes (5 minutes pitch & 3 minutes Q&A) to convince our executive jury that your concept/technology is the one we should look as a next possible future innovation.

You will compete alongside up to six other companies for a cash prize and other opportunities to work with Nokia Bell Labs.

Pitch format: 5 minutes & 3 minute Q&A.
Results announcement: at Nokia Bell Labs HQ, Murray Hill NJ, USA
Winners: NOIC Executive Jury will select the winner/s. Jury has the power of discretion to allocate the cash price to the best and the most promising companies. Possibility that there is only one grand winner!


Co-innovation and joint business opportunities


Business and technology boost by accessing Nokia's technologies, products and resources


Access to Nokia's global market


Investment opportunities

In partnership with ngp   
Operated by Nokia Bell Labs