The special Vidi e-novation jury had strict criteria on how to evaluate the nominated products and services. Here we will provide You with a guide on the principles of the evaluation jury

In the preliminary procedure, all the contesters had to meet the legal criteria set by lawyers engaged for the needs of innovation contest and the whole procedure. The eliminated projects were those which were designed for the Croatian market only, as well as those which were not based on high technology and therefore couldn't be classified as ICT.

The jury has evaluated each product and service according to the degree of inventiveness, technical excellence, business and production potential and utility.


The maximum score in the degree of inventiveness was 15 points (minimum 1 point). The jury has evaluated on how innovative the product is on international terms, rather than regional.
The jury had to evaluate the following:

  • Would the product truly be innovative if presented on the international market?
  • Are there any similar products on the international market?
  • If the product is competitive on international market, does it include any special advancement in function or does it have any other significant advantages in comparison to the competition other than the lower price?

Lower price of the product, unless it is not 2 or 3 times lower in comparison to the similar product on the market and unless it doesn't affect the profitability of the manufacturer, is not itself an innovation.


Technical excellence
The project could score the maximum of 10 points in this category. The jury evaluated on the hi-tech and state-of-the-art competence of the projects.


Business potential
The jury had to establish and grade (from 1 to 10) the following:

  • What is the market potential of the products on the international market?
  • To what extent does the product satisfy the needs of potential users?
  • To what extent is the applicant business oriented (according to the application text itself and/or applicant's websites and/or public image)?
  • How capable is the applicant, together with its potential business partners and/or investors, to create a profitable product on the global market?

The jury made an overall evaluation of the potential of a certain product to enable the maximum profit with the minimum risk and investment.


Production potential
The jury had to evaluate (from 1 to 10) on how complicated the production was:

  • whether the product could be easily produced or replicated, how simple was it to get a wider range of alternative manufacturers for all parts of the product;
  • whether any part of the product (especially hi-tech implemented parts, such as microprocessor) depended on some monopolist or duopolist manufacturer and their price.
  • The special criterion was how expensive and complitacted the adjustment to other languages would be and are there any extenuating circumstances for the transport of the product etc.


Societal benefits
(Max 5. points.) The jury had to evaluate the nominees according to the following questions:

  • Can the most of the nominated products be produced in Croatia?
  • Would the production generate employment in the area?
  • Does the product require a new production niche or create a new market segment?
  • Will the product provide any substantial benefits for the economy and Croatian society in general, e.g. in education, health care, equal access to information for all social classes, the production of health food etc.

>> The evaluation process

Članovi stručne evaluacijske komisije zajedno sa organizatorima Vidi e-novation natječaja tijekom evaluacijekog procesa na Institutu Ruđer Bošković u Zagrebu

Professor Slavko Krajcar and professor Karolj Skala in the evaluation procedure at the Ruđer Bošković Institute
dr. sc. Janko Mršić Floegel evaluating the applied materials at the Ruđer Bošković Institute
Đurđica Klancir, editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine during the evaluation of e-novation applicants
Dr. sc. Božidar Etlinger, one of the founders of the Vidi e-novation contest during the evaluation process at the Ruđer Bošković Institute
The final meeting of the Vidi e-novation jury at the Ruđer Bošković Institute at the beginning of December 2006.
Branimir Kovač, editor of Večernji List online and the member of the jury for the Vidi e-novation contest

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