Last night JDX gathered to celebrate the best of our entrepreneurial consultants, as they went head to head to win the inaugural CEO Innovation Award. This was a company-wide competition which allowed JDXers from all locations, levels and subsidiaries to present their ideas to the CEO, Tim Bethel, and a panel of mystery judges, for the chance to win a cash prize and the opportunity to implement their idea, with the backing of the senior management team.
The innovative ideas had to meet one or more of the following criteria: they had to aid business development, streamline internal processes, enhance productivity or develop JDX. We received 15 submissions which were then shortlisted and the best five ideas moved forward to round two – presenting to a panel of judges and JDX Staff.
The event was held at CodeNode and JDX welcomed the guests with a champagne reception and canapes, before settling down to hear the five candidates present their ground-breaking ideas. From the shortlist, we heard ideas on how to improve our student ambassador programme, entering JDX to break a Guinness world record and opening a new Risk Advisory subsidiary.
After much deliberation, the judges decided on the winning idea. Put forward by Alejandra Curtis, her suggestion was to create a central knowledge and communication base for the company to share resources across teams and projects. The judges thought this idea covered some of the issues we’d been experiencing as a company in terms of finding ways to share information and collaborate.
The night was a huge success and showcased all the budding entrepreneurs we have at JDX, the success of the company is largely due to its employees’ resourcefulness in the ever-changing landscape of financial consulting and their Can Do attitudes!