On September 1, SMBA made public the list of 118 prize-winners (tech innovation contributors: 82, tech innovation enterprises: 36) that will receive awards at the 11th Innovative Technology (Inno-Tech) Show held Sept. 1~3 at COEX Hall A in Samseong-dong, Seoul
The prize winners are 36 tech innovation enterprises and 82 tech innovation contributors, consisting of entrepreneurs (30), professors and researchers (24), universities and research institutes (11), school staff members (8) and employees of other public organizations (9).
To inspire SMEs' aspiration for technology innovation, the number of prize winners this year increased by eight compared with last year.
CEO Kim Jae-Sang of Sewon Co., Ltd. will receive the Bronze Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit, the highest honor in the tech innovation contribution category. CEO Kim, who established Sewon in 1985, developed an eco-friendly, high-difficulty oil filter that can reduce emission gases with weight reduction effects from automotive engine part modules for the first time in the world, and is cooperating with Ssangyong Motor, Renault-Samsung, GM-Daewoo, Kia, Volvo Group, etc.
Inno-Tech Show, the largest SME technology exhibition in Korea, is hosted by SMBA and managed by the Innobiz Association, Korea Association of Industry, Academy and Research Institutes, and Korea Technology and Information Promotion Agency for Small & Medium Enterprises. Held first in 2000, the show marks its 11the anniversary this year.
Under the slogan '3G! Innovation Wind Is Blowing,' Inno-Tech Show 2010, composed of three themes 'Green' (SMEs' green technology), 'Growth" (of SMEs) and 'Global (SME globalization), showcased state-of-the-art innovation technologies at a glance.
SMBA also proceeded with auxiliary events after classification into 'Business' (to support corporate management activities in terms of event characteristics), 'Tech' (for sharing of technology and management information) and 'Arts & Play' (for harmony and relaxation of SME entrepreneurs).
Those programs that drew keen interest from SMEs and related officials, in particular, were 'Biz Matching' to facilitate creation of human networks and new businesses after inviting corporate buyers; 'SME Tech Products Presentation Session' to support exploitation of sales channels; and 'Localization Strategy Seminar in Defense and Public Sectors' to pursue marketing for SMEs and ways to substitute for imported goods and equipment.