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The Forces of Change Awards honor impactful and influential individuals shaping the future. The awards celebrate their achievements, leadership, boldness, passion and ability to open new pathways for the industries of today and into the future.

For the inaugural awards, a total of nine awards will be given out to innovators across the Food, Sports and Health industries.

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Award Categories

  • Innovators working to address the systemic issues affecting our food system – such as food waste, access to nutritious food, animal welfare and regenerative agriculture among others.

  • Innovators leveraging technology and pushing the boundaries for a reimagined sports world. Winners will be driving forward key Forces of Change from smart sensors, augmented reality to artificial intelligence among others.

  • Innovators working to redefine the worlds of medicine, health and wellness and open new pathways that will shape the future of the industry. Winners will be advancing key Forces of Change such as bioelectronic medicine, optogenetics, CRISPR, nanomedicine or stem cell reactivation, among others.

Who Can Enter?

The Forces of Change Awards will recognize leaders across the Food, Sports and Health industries – whether they are entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, faculty, students, or others. We seek passionate change agents committed to advancing the most relevant Forces of Change of our time. Leaders from all backgrounds and organization sizes will be considered, though the awards will be given to individuals.

Why Submit an Entry?

  • Visibility. Nominees and winners will be featured on the Forces of Change award site, marketing materials, social channels and in the press.
  • Recognition. Thoughtfully reviewed by a panel of experts, winners will be spotlighted for their work and receive public recognition for their efforts.
  • Networking. Join a community of like-minded trailblazers working to break down barriers and accelerate the pace of innovation to make the world a better place. Engage, share, contribute, and be a part of the Forces of Change community.

Judging Criteria

A panel of judges composed of experts, entrepreneurs and executives will review submissions and award winners based on the following criteria:

  • Potential for positive impact
  • Use of new technologies or systems
  • Industry leadership and impact
  • Creativity and uniqueness


  • Entry deadline: January 31, 2021
  • Award ceremony: February, 2021

*Subject to change.

How to Enter?

Fill out the Entry Form to complete a submission for the awards. Following your entry, you will receive a confirmation email.

There are no fees for entries.

You can submit an entry for another person. Select that option in the the entry form.

Deadline for Entries is January 31, 2021

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Forces of Change Awards Judges

  • Po Bronson

    Managing Director at IndieBio / SOSV at IndieBio

    Po was a finance and tech journalist covering Silicon Valley for Wired, The New York Times Magazine, and an oped contributor for The Wall Street Journal.

    His science journalism has been honored with nine national awards, and he is the author of seven bestselling books that are available in 28 languages worldwide. His work has been cited in 185 academic journals and 503 books. His background is in Economics with specialization in understanding firm behavior in collaborative networks. He learned finance at Credit Suisse and consulting at a division of Arthur Andersen. Prior to IndieBio he spent four years as a Futurist with Attention Span Media, consulting corporate innovation efforts for globally-recognized brands.

  • Neal Doyle

    FinTech Digital Product Leader at Fidelity Investments and Co-Founder at

    Neal helped launch the Harvard Innovation Lab, Harvard Launch Lab and Harvard Life Labs – designing space, curriculum, and programs for each. He has designed and directed startup accelerator programs, consulted on corporate innovation practices, mentored and advised hundreds of founders, judged startup competitions, and has lectured on innovation across the US.

    In addition to co-founding an inventing TetherTies, he managed Harvard’s nuclear policy research project, worked for the EPA, and as an environmental consultant at Carlson Environmental.

  • Christian Maximilian Voigt

    Vice President, Marketing Development, International Olympic Committee

    IOC TMS is the commercial arm of the IOC and responsible for the global broadcast and marketing activities of the Olympic Movement. Christian oversees the strategic commercial development, management and implementation of the IOC’s worldwide marketing program, in particular the TOP sponsorship program.

    With over 12 years of experience in global leadership roles for the world renowned sports brand PUMA and the agency CMV Sports & Entertainment that he founded, Christian has undertaken various roles in the sports industry. His professional expertise across sports marketing/licensing, sponsorship and business development allowed him to manage the overall global spend of demand creation/sports marketing budgets, to develop commercial business in five sports and to negotiate 300+ marketing partnerships and endorsements, helping in particular to connect the PUMA brand to millions of fans and consumers worldwide.