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During the first three editions, he was the chairman of the jury, this year Staf Depla is the big winner of the High Tech Piek Event that Innovation Origins organizes every year around Christmas. Depla, alderman for Economic Affairs in Eindhoven until last Spring, received the award tonight for his efforts around the Brainport Action Agenda, which has helped the Brainport Eindhoven region move forward in the Netherlands as well as abroad.

The Peaks have been awarded before to Guus Frericks (2015), Rob van Gijzel (2016) and Maarten Steinbuch (2017).

The other awards:

Star 2018:

John Blankendael, BIC
Carlijn Bouten, TU/e Professor of Biomedical Technology
Saartje Janssen, director Summa
Jean-Paul van Oijen, Twice

Knaller 2018:

Lex Hoefsloot, Lightyear
Jalila Essaidi, BioArt Laboratories
Max Aerts, Dutch Energy Solutions
Ineke Hurkmans, IamNL

Stars are awarded for performance in the past year. Knallers are there for people of whom a lot is expected in the coming year. In the next nine days, Innovation Origins will publish video portraits of all winners.