Every year, the SME Innovation COTEC-BPI award, created with the support of Público newspaper, recognises a small or medium enterprise (SME) that has stood out in the Portuguese context for its innovative activity and attitude. This is a very prestigious award, having a very strong impact in terms of the notability it brings to the companies it recognises. i2S is one of the two 2016 winners, sharing the first place with ERT. The award was presented by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The attribution of the award is based on three pillars, whose continuous evolution i2S has always strived to guarantee: Product, Processes and People. This means that this recognition is not associated with just a product or innovation, but rather with a path, a mindset and an attitude developed and refined over the years.