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Competition overview

Phase 1: Regional Competition

All submissions will automatically be sorted into regional competitions based on their submitted primary country. Qualifying submissions will be judged by a panel of 4 judges aligned to that region. There will be one winner per region. Click here to view submission requirements at this stage.

Regions include: (1) Americas; (2) Europe; (3) India; (4) Middle East & Africa; (5) North East Asia; (5) South East Asia & Oceania

To view a list of regional competitions by country, please click here.

Prizes: all regional winner teams will win €1,000. They will also be interviewed for internships or jobs, and will be eligible for additional prizes and recognition at the Market Area or country level.

All teams will be notified of their standing. Categories include: regional winner (6 teams), moving to semi-finalist qualifier (30 teams), and not moving forward.

Regional winners will automatically move into Phase 3, the Semi-finals and will receive all the same prizes as semi-finalists.

Phase 2: Semi-Finalist Qualifier

30 teams with the highest scores that are not selected as regional winners will automatically move forward into the Semi-finalist Qualifier round, regardless of country or region. This round will include 6 judges who are experts in innovation.  9 teams will move forward from this round and will join the Regional Winners to become Ericsson Innovation Awards Semi-finalists.

Prizes: Semi-finalists will receive 2 months of mentorship from a group of assigned Ericsson Expert Mentors, experts in Innovation and Business who can help the team further develop their idea. They will also receive an Ericsson recruiter interview and will be eligible to move forward in the global competition in pursuit of the final prize.

All teams will be notified of their standing by [XX.XX.XXXX]. Categories include: Semi-finalist (9 teams) and not moving forward. Semi-finalists will join Regional Winners to participate in the Semi-finals.

Phase 3: Semi-Finals

15 teams made up of 6 Regional Winners and 9 Semi-finalist qualifers will move into the Semi-finals. Each team will be introduced to 2-3 Ericsson Expert Mentors who will support them for the remainder of the competition. With the Mentor’s support, Semi-finalists will submit a new set of deliverables, which will represent a more rounded version of their original idea.

Semi-finalists will be scored by a jury of Ericsson experts in innovation and the theme.


Those who progress as Finalists will receive a trip to Stockholm for the Grand Final (including airfare, accommodation and other expenses), mentorship through the Grand Final, and a chance to compete for 4 Grand Final cash prizes.

All teams will be notified of their standing. Categories include: Finalist (4) and not moving forward (11).

Phase 4: Grand Final

4 teams will move forward to the EIA Grand Final, which will be held as part of a special event in Stockholm, Sweden.

Judging will take place at the time of the event and will be conducted by a jury of both Ericsson and non-Ericsson experts in innovation and the theme.

Teams will be judged based on a live presentation and final deliverables. Click here to view deliverables at this stage.


All teams will learn of their standing and be presented with a ceremonial check at the Grand Final event. Categories will include: Grand Prize Winner (€25,000); 2nd place (€10,000); 3rd Place (€5,000), 4th place (€2,000). There will also be 1 Employee’s Choice winner, which will earn an additional €2,000 on top of their existing prize.

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