Lions Innovation enters its third year in 2017 and has today announced the Presidents leading this year’s juries.

Innovation Jury President, Susan Lyne, President and Managing Partner, BBG Ventures, is the first venture capitalist to take the helm. "The Innovation Lions honour the most creative and impactful use of technology to solve global problems, open minds, and transform business and society. Serving on last year's jury was a highpoint of my year, and I'm honoured to return this year as President,” commented Lyne.

Creative Data Jury President, Eric Salama, CEO of Kantar, said, "I was lucky enough to sit on the first Creative Data jury two years ago and I’m thrilled to be back as President. In those two intervening years, clients and agencies have come a long way in their use of data. The bar is set higher. Now we take for granted things we considered extraordinary two years ago. So what I’m looking for is incredible creative work that’s inspired by great use of data, which will make people say "I wish I’d been involved in that" and inspire the next generation.”

Alongside awarding the best work across Innovation and Creative Data, the two-day Lions Innovation event at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, has launched The Discovery Zone, a dedicated programme for early-stage tech companies. The Zone invites 100 game-changing start-ups from across the global tech ecosystem to join forces with the biggest players in advertising and marketing, including exclusive mentoring opportunities and round table discussions.

Rob Dembitz, the Cannes Lions Global Head of Innovation, responsible for driving the Festival’s engagement with the tech community and embedding innovation-themed content across the whole event, said, “It’s exciting to bring Susan and Eric’s vast experience to lead our juries. This year’s Lions Innovation is set to be our best yet. Our new Discovery Zone won’t be a conference, it’s all about real connection and collaboration - it’ll encompass the latest tech innovators from all corners of the globe and enable the Cannes Lions community to experience a future-focussed vision of the industry.”

Over two days, more than 100 industry-leading speakers will take part in Lions Innovation. New Meet-Ups and more networking opportunities will ensure making new contacts is easier than ever.

To get involved in this year’s Start-Up Discovery Zone, go to:

About Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
The International Festival of Creativity, also known as Cannes Lions, is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications and encompasses Lions Health, Lions Innovation and Lions Entertainment. Founded in 1954, the Festival takes place every June in Cannes, France. As the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards, over 43,000 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival.

The eight-day Festival is the only truly global meeting place for professionals working in advertising andcommunications. A community of 15,000 attendees from nearly 100 countries attend eight days of workshops, exhibitions, screenings, master classes and high-profile seminars presented by renowned worldwide industry leaders.

Winning companies receive the highly coveted Lion trophy, a global benchmark of creative excellence, for Creative Data, Creative Effectiveness, Cyber, Design, Digital Craft, Direct, Film, Film Craft, Glass: The Lion for Change, Health & Wellness, Innovation, Entertainment, Media, Mobile, Music, Outdoor, Pharma, PR, Print & Publishing, Product Design, Promo & Activation, Radio, Titanium and Integrated Lions. The Festival is also the only truly global meeting place for advertisers, advertising and communication professionals.