Our Mission: To be a leader in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world.
The Edison Awards™ have honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world.
Recognizing Global Innovation Excellence
Established in 1987, The Edison Awards™ is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation. Our vision is continually guided by the legacy and vision of Thomas Edison and his Menlo Park team that successfully brought an unprecedented number of innovations to the market.
Thomas Alva Edison
The Edison Awards are inspired by Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931), an American icon with an international presence. His extraordinary new product and market development methods earned him 1,093 U.S. patents.
A savvy businessman and shrewd manager, Edison had enormous talent for transferring technology from laboratory to market. By designing economic considerations into nearly all his inventions and recognizing the critical role that promotion and hustle play in a product’s success, he provides a powerful model for corporate leaders even today.
The Edison Awards™ symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison and his Menlo Park team, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity, and ingenuity.
The Edison Best New Product Awards™
The Edison Best New Product Awards™ is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. The awards are open to all types of companies from large multinationals to startups and small businesses.
Edison Achievement Award
Each year, the Edison Awards honors one or more individuals who, through their careers, leadership and achievements, have distinguished themselves by making a significant and lasting contribution to the world of innovation. These individuals serve as an inspiration to future business leaders and innovators.
Lewis Latimer Fellowship
The Lewis Latimer Fellowship provides special access to the Edison corporate innovation network, mentorship and capital to an annual cohort of six black innovators per year. It promotes, connects and builds a new community of black innovators with the passion and dedication to innovation that Lewis H. Latimer represented.
Young Edison Challenge
The Edison Awards Young Edison Challenge invites students to showcase their creativity by creating a new, innovative product or service and developing a plan to market it. The top three winners are invited to attend the annual Edison Awards event and present their innovation on stage.
Edison Universe is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to inspiring educational institutions and supporting the business world. Motivated by Edison’s unique vision, unbridled optimism and insatiable curiosity, Edison Universe is focused on nourishing the possibilities, opportunities and foundations of success to empower the imaginations and vision of tomorrow’s inventors and innovators.