Nine products have been nominated: Innovation Award “Hemp Product of the Year 2018″!

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Konoplex Ltd (Russia): Non-woven insulation for textiles “Konoplex”
Lining materials and fabrics for clothes and footwear industry. A great alternative to natural feather/dawn, fur and synthetic insulation in clothing. 100 % pure hemp material for insulation/lining 80 % hemp with 20 % of polyester in thinner fabrics. Provides comfort in any circumstances:
Thermoregulation: Microfibers grant maximum thermal protection
Flexibility: Comfortable wearing with no harshness, no rigidity
Porosity: Provides good breathability of fabric without losing warmth due to the high
porosity of the material
Nature-friendly: Bleached without chlorines. Organic management of farming
Safety: Low allergic status. Safe for use in children clothes manufacturing
Durability: High wear resistance due to durability of hemp fibers
Microbiological status: Absorbs moisture, but prevents odors and development of microbes

Møllerup Brands A/S (Denmark): Tiny Garden Root Gift Set
Tiny Garden gift box consists of 3 hemp mats, 3 bags of seeds and a black Root container. The gift set is for the cultivation of micro green at home in your window frame and is developed with focus on sustainable principles. The seeds are sprouted on the hemp mat that sucks water from the root container, the container has 9 columns that act as a water reservoir. The hemp mat acts as a weave in the capillary system. The hempmats are Danish-produced by Møllerup.
Company Advance Nonwoven, who uses the Danish hemp from Møllerup Gods. Hemp plant fibers are used, mats are 100% natural and compostable. The founders and minds behind are Helle Haugaard, director of Tiny Gardens Root measures 9.5 x 9.5 x 3.5 cm and weighs 135 g.

Van.Eko BV (The Netherlands): Be.e (Electric Scooter)
The Be.e is an electric scooter (EU, L1e homologated) made with a Hemp fibre reinforced composite monocoque frame. This innovative application of biobased composites is a world first in providing the structural reinforcement needed in the frame of the scooter. All the driving loads are carried by the monocoque. By applying this material in the loaded structure we create a lower environmental footprint in comparison with conventional steel and plastic frame body combinations. It is also light weight, more robust and has a more rigid/stiff frame. This all results in improved driving characteristics and a longer expected life time of the frame. We have fitted the Be.e with a high-end drivetrain, top of line components and most importantly an exquisite design delineating its out-of-the-box nature.

Hemp Cosmetics

Annabis, s.r.o. (Czech Republic): Balcann organic hemp ointment
Organic Balcann hemp ointment, with a high content of Omega 3 – 6 unsaturated fatty acids and a unique combination of botanicals, effectively nourishes and soothes the skin. If used regularly it visibly improves the overall condition of the skin. Hemp ointment for both adults and children suffering from dry, irritated and prone to flaking skin. Balcann is ideal also for the comprehensive care of the irritated skin in the diaper area, leaves the baby’s skin calm and hydrated. It is suitable for complementary skin care affected by atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. It is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. The ointment is intended primarily for topical treatment of problematic spots on the skin. Balcann effectively treats dry skin on the elbows, knees and heels.

QUNABU is a completely new and unique cosmetic skincare brand developed with an awareness of Hemp benefits, using natural ingredients. QUNABU microcosmetics is an innovative concept of natural cosmetic skincare treatment,
based on the idea that the user can create a cream simply, anytime, anywhere, using a natural concentrate (serum) and water.

  • Innovation – microcosmetics, a new concept in cosmetics
  • Individual – the user is creating his own product adding water as needed
  • Economic – natural ingredients concentrated, without water in the content
  • Competitive and Smart – high level of concentrated active ingredients
  • (to be used in combination with water)
  • User friendly – application in drops.

QUNABU offers active natural ingredients and is free from emulsifiers, thickeners and preservatives.

Møllerup Brands A/S (Denmark): Stress Relief Facial Oil
Firming and Stimulating
With Hemp, Vitamin E, Q10, Macadamia, Sesame
For supple and glowing skin, this non-greasy and fast-absorbing formula brightens skin tone and revitalizes skin without clogging pores. Provides nourishment and long-lasting hydration all day long while improving tone and texture.
Morning and evening: Apply 3 – 4 drops onto clean skin. Can be used before or in place of moisturizer. 30 ml. glass bottle. Shelf life after opening: 3 months.
Contains: Cannabis sativa seed oil, carthamus tinctorius seed oil, sesamum indicum seed oil, olea europaea fruit oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, helianthus annuus seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, parfum, tocopherol, squalane, aqua, calendula officinalis extract, daucus carota sativa root extract, daucus carota sativa seed oil, ascorbyl palmitate, beta-carotene, ubiquinon.

Hemp Foods

Baltic NFS Ltd (Latvia): Latvian Hemp Halva
Ancient and effective nutritional resource which is regaining its position. Our “hemp halva” has high nutritional potential and contains oil, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.
“All you need in one seed!” – this is true for this re-innovative product. Hempseed has been used to treat various disorders for thousands of years in traditional oriental medicine. Recent clinical trials have identified hempseed oil – our main ingredient – as a functional food. Latvian “Hemp Halva”® – the powerful product with taste of the future.

Hanf-Zeit (Germany): SPIRIT of HEMP-ROOTS
For many years, the company HANF-ZEIT from Steinheim/Westf. in Germany, together with Wulf Niehus (Werther/Westf.), have been cooperating to research knowledge about the ancient use of the Hemp-(Cannabis-)-Roots in order to explore new possibilities.
Literature gives us useful hints:
Freshly crushed hemp-roots were traditionally used as a wound bandage, while a huge number of cosmetic products made up of various formulas using alcohol cold extract were also manufactured. After various experiments with tea and distillates, we are now pleased to present a very fine distillate made of fresh apples & hemp roots. This very first Cannabis Root Spirit was produced in collaboration with a fine distillery. It is highly aromatic, wholesome, mild and carries a very unique aroma bouquet.

Møllerup Brands A/S (Denmark): Organic Hemp Mustard
Exquisite power mustard with hemp seeds and hemp flour and lots of flavour. Try it with cheese, to grilled foods or perhaps on Møllerup hemp salami. Very suitable for all kinds of foods.
The hemp in this mustard makes the taste and, not least, the texture unique.
Ingredients: Water, apple vinegar*, mustard powder* (11 %), Cane sugar dark unrefined*, mustard seed* (7 %), hemp flour* (4 %), hemp seeds* (4 %), turmeric*, salt. * = Organic
Should be kept dry and avoid direct sunlight. Store in the refrigerator after opening.
Net weight: 180 g.


For the first time, the Innovation Award "Hemp Product of the Year 2018" will be granted to the young, innovative industrial hemp industry for finding suitable applications and markets for industrial hemp based products. Hemp products could be hemp food, pharmaceuticals, textiles, biocomposites, construction and insulation material and many more. The focus of the award is on new developments within these business areas. Producers and inventors of innovative industrial hemp products are invited to hand in their application by end of March 2018.


First stage: From now by end of March 2018
Producers and inventors of innovative industrial hemp based materials are invited to hand in a completed application form and a leaflet or a two-page PDF about the product in English including printable digital pictures (300 dpi), which are free of use in our subsequent media publicity. The documents should explain the particular aspects of the innovation and when it was launched on the market. It is also necessary to submit a sample of the product (or a small material sample if the product is too unhandy).

Second stage: Mid-April 2018
A jury consisting of representatives of the nova-Institute, the advisory board and sponsors of the conference will nominate the outstanding "Top 6" applicants prior to the conference.
After the jury has selected the "Top 6" candidates among the applicants, their application documents will be made available for download from the conference website to provide our audience and other interested individuals a first glimpse of these innovations.

Third stage: At the conference (12-13 June 2018)
In a short 10-minute presentation, each one of the six companies will introduce its innovation on the first day of the conference (on June 12, 2018). Following the presentations, the audience will choose the three winners, who will be presented with their awards at the Innovation Award Ceremony (likewise on 12 June 2018, in the evening).
The "Top 6" will present their innovations in a shared exhibition space provided by the nova-Institute. Additionally there is the option to book your own exhibition space (for information see here).
All winners and their innovations will be highlighted in the subsequent media coverage.

Please note that it is obligatory for the chosen "Top 6" candidates to be physically present on June 12, 2018 at the event in Cologne in order to present their product to our audience. Each "Top 6" candidate will get one free 2-day ticket and further tickets at a discount rate.