Award: “TOP 100” label for medi

medi has been recognised for its innovation management and innovation successes. Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar presented the prestigious Top 100 award for special innovation and outstanding innovation successes. Managing Director Dirk Treiber and Christoph Schmitz (Marketing Medical and Innovation Lab Manager) accepted the “Top 100” award in 2019.


Innovation: a key element of the corporate strategy

medi develops innovative new products, concepts and services using the lead user approach. Using cross-industry networks with experts and users, medi identifies trends, particular requirements and special needs with regard to products. The medi Innovation Lab then links up the relevant areas of the company like in a control centre to establish the innovation result on the market.

Christoph Schmitz, Head of medi Marketing Medical and Innovation Lab

“With enthusiasm and passion for compression – medi makes great things happen in the fields of medicine, sports and fashion. We notice a great deal of innovation in companies, start-ups, research organisations and network partners and digitalisation gives the topic that extra driving force. For medi, innovation is much more than an obligation. We love the challenge of providing our users and partners with the health products and services of the future as early as today. The TOP 100 award provides the whole competition with recognition and drive!”  

Christoph Schmitz, Head of Marketing Medical and Innovation Lab

An essential component of the company culture: medi employees live and breathe innovation

Thanks to the high level of identification with the company and the products, the management board and the employees always take the initiative to drive innovation forwards.

As a trend setter, medi works together with brand ambassadors, testimonials and influencers to create more awareness about the positive effects of compression. In addition, medi focuses on digitalisation and offers the holistic care concepts to improve health.

Top 100 innovation award

Top 100: the competition

Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the ‘TOP 100’ seal of approval to medium-sized companies with a particular ability to innovate and outstanding innovation success. Under the scientific direction of Professor Dr Nikolaus Franke (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Top 100 evaluates the innovation management of medium-sized companies and the innovation successes which result from this. Franke and his team evaluated around 120 parameters (see the explanation of the criteria at In the three size classes, a total of 262 companies (maximum of 100 per size class) received the award. The project partners are the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung and the Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft (BVMW).1

1 Source: Press release about TOP 100, compamedia GmbH, dated 28.06.2019

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