Our Mission: To be a leader in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world. 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.
Originally established in 1987 by the American Marketing Association, but an independent organization since 2008, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.
Edison Awards is a program of Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) organization. While our awards honor innovation, recognize achievement and celebrate success from organizations across the globe, Edison Universe is focused on fostering innovation. Edison Universe celebrates natural curiosity, supports discovery, promotes the core skills and processes of innovation, and helps foster a deeper understanding of teamwork and experimentation. A few key objectives are promoting innovation concepts and curriculum in a variety of media; mentoring and encouraging students, and bridging students to industry.
The Edison Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose extraordinary new product development methods garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name across the world. Edison pioneered five industries which transformed our world, including the incandescent electric light and the system of electrical power, the phonograph and recorded sound, the telephone transmitter, the storage battery, as well as movies and the motion-picture camera.