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:

Subscribe to IO on Telegram!

Want to be inspired 365 days per year? Here’s the opportunity. We offer you one "origin of innovation" a day in a compact Telegram message. Seven days a week, delivered around 8 p.m. CET. Straight from our newsroom. Subscribe here, it's free!


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.

Support us!

Innovation Origins is an independent news platform that has an unconventional revenue model. We are sponsored by companies that support our mission: to spread the story of innovation. Read more.

At Innovation Origins, you can always read our articles for free. We want to keep it that way. Have you enjoyed our articles so much that you want support our mission? Then use the button below:


Personal Info

About the author

Author profile picture Bart Brouwers is co-founder and co-owner of Media52 BV, the publisher of innovationorigins.com.