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StartUp Europe Awards recognizes the best European startups in 10 categories

  • The President of the European Parliament has opened the final ceremony of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 at the European Parliament.
  • This initiative is organized by the StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation
  • Robocamp, Tespack, INZMO, Windcity, NeuronGuard, VyzVoice, CityCrop, TempBuddy, Waynabox and APSU have been awarded as the best startups in Europe in the 10 different categories.
  • The “Best Public Administration for startups Award” has gone to the Lisbon City Council, the Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo and the Central Denmark Region; they have been recognized for their effort in supporting entrepreneurship in their respective territories.

 

The StartUp Europe Awards initiative, promoted by the European Commission, supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions and implemented by the StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation, have recognised for the first time in a collaborative and inter-European way the best startups in Europe in 10 categories, in the so-called “Eurovision for startups”.  The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, opened the final ceremony of StartUp Europe Awards 2016. “We should cultivate good ideas and help them to grow. We need to invest more in digital technologies and create a genuine European single market where our young companies can develop”, assured Tajani.

StartUp Europe Awards presents a prize methodology for startups at local, regional and national level, fostering the open innovation and the collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystems, through the private-public partnership to support entrepreneurs. “Besides, it creates a network of contacts that will allow to inspire and give visibility to all the local startups so that, by using this network, they can scale their services and products at a global level”, has stated Juanma Revuelta, the Director of Finnova’s Startup Europe Accelerator.

The European winners of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 according to the 10 categories are: Robocamp (Creative Category), Tespack (Energy), INZMO (Fintech), Windcity (Green), NeuronGuard (Health), VyzVoice (ICT), CityCrop (Smart Cities), TempBuddy (Social), Waynabox (Tourism) and APSU (Water). Ekuore (Health), Human Surge (Social) and APATEQ (Water) have received the Extraordinary Awards, a special prize created to recognise the effort of those startups whose score was very high and got very close to the final recognition.

The startup Audified Reality from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) won the “Best European Neighbour StartUp Europe Award”.

Waynabox received a European acceleration ticket of 10,000 € from Amadeus Company, to continue their internationalization in 2018, delivered by Elizabeth Aston, Senior Adviser, Industry Affairs.  “Amadeus continually invests in innovation with a total bugdet of over 4 billion during the last 10 years. Innovation is about doing things differently – having a different business model, a different approach to customer service and this is what Waynabox does” stated Aston.

The startup APSU also received a European acceleration ticket of 10.000 € for presenting their project to different European calls as LIFE or EUROSTARS. The award has been delivered by Rafael Páez Santana, Counsellor of innovation and Employment from the Cabildo de Fuerteventura.

The Commissioner of Investigation, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, delivered the award of ICT Category to VyzVoice. “I want to create the kind of environment where the entrepreneurial spirit can flourish […] Entrepreneurs are the stars, we’re there to help and support them”, said Moedas in his motivational speech.

The Vice-President for Communication of the European Economic and Social Committee, Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, who handed in the award for Fintech and Tourism categories, considers “StartUp Europe Awards a very interesting way to promote entrepreneurship and the quality of the work developed in Europe. We have very good examples of solutions that can change peoples’ lives for the better and this is a huge achievement when we talk about innovation, science and entrepreneurship: to address the citizens!”

StartUp Europe Awards delivered the recognition to the “Best Public Administration for the Startups”, a pioneering prize which aims to recognise the best programmes or public services supporting entrepreneurs and innovation in municipality, province and region categories.  The winner in Municipality category is Lisbon City Council; in the province category is Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo and in the Region category is Central Denmark Region.

These awards were delivered by the first Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz who stated “the European Committee of the Regions encourages cities and regions to implement entrepreneurship-friendly policies through our European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) initiative. We actively promote and support efforts to create smarter EU cities and regions”.

The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, delivered the award “Best Media Partner” to the TV Program Emprende of Spanish Television (RTVE) for their commitment to the dissemination of the entrepreneurship and the startups.

Finally, the Ambassador of Spain in Belgium, Cecilia Yuste, handed in the award to Jesús Brotons “Brainiac Beats”, winner of the Music Contest Award, for creating the music for StartUp Europe Awards, representing the values of union, community and entrepreneurship.

The winners of StartUp Europe Awards will obtain great visibility all around Europe thanks to the Media Partner Alliance of StartUp Europe Awards formed by 21 media members. The startups will also have access to a programme of mentoring (information in internationalization, European funds like SMEs Instrument of 50.000 € to 2, 5 million € of non-refundable subsidy, international communication, legal barriers to innovation, etc.), through the StartUp Europe Accelerator of Finnova Foundation, which will allow them to boost their projects and to make them more viable worldwide.

StartUp Europe Accelerator is the unique accelerator specialized in European opportunities funding, which helps the entrepreneurs to internationalize their business through European projects.

Thanks to the initiative StartUp Europe Awards, the winning startups will be able to participate in business missions focused in internationalization in India, Africa, LATAM and Silicon Valley.

To close the ceremony, the president of the organisation “Mind the Bridge”, Alberto Onetti, presented the last report of “Scaleup Europe” by Startup Europe Partnership (SEP).  This report includes new data about Scaleups and capital raised in Europe, plus a comparison among regions, countries and sectors. The maturity of the EU scene, the potential impact of Brexit, and recent growth ends the report, along with a survey of the largest verticals present in Scale-up Europe, and which countries these verticals are most represented in.

The StartUp Europe Awards ceremony organized by the Finnova Foundation was carried out with the support of the “Hablamos de Europa” program, a meeting point for Spanish citizens to talk about the European Union and share their experiences.

About StartUp Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative that seeks to identify and recognise local models of success which become an example to other entrepreneurs, to the public administrations for developing custom-made programmes to stimulate its growth and to the investors for approaching local ecosystems.

“From the Commission, we want that entrepreneurship generating growth and employment is not only present in a few cities or regions. Thus, more people can benefit from the impact” assures Isidro Laso, Head of StartUp Europe’s Sector – European Commission.

More than 20 local events and 14 national awards have been celebrated under StartUp Europe Awards´ frame in 2016, with 91 startups winners and 84 that made it to the final. 21 media partners of the whole Europe, as The Independent in Ireland or Emprende TVE in Spain, they have helped to give visibility to this initiative. 9 members of the European Parliament have come together in the StartUp Europe Awards as ambassadors, supporting the local events with their presence and following closely the progress of the startups.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and it is supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE WINNERS

INFORMATION ABOUT STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS 2016 WINNERS

 

STARTUPS BY CATEGORY

Creative:

Robocamp
Country: POLAND
www.robocamp.eu

RoboCAMP enhances STEM education using LEGO robot building and visual programming. RoboCAMP Lesson plans, developed by psychologists and engineers, are an innovative way of developing children’s creativity using LEGO bricks and science. We encourage children to observe the world and to work together to find novel solutions to problems encountered in everyday life. The course consists of a series of small projects that use mathematics, physics, mechanics and basic programming.

 

Energy:

Tespack
Country: FINLAND
www.tespack.com

Tespack is a company specialized in the future of wearables, focusing on the most important part of technology: energy generation on-the-go. We have launched our first product line, Tespack Smartpacks, so you would never lose your power again. Simply collect your energy from the sun, store it in one of our powerful mobile chargers and charge all your devices, even laptops, on the move. Our products are currently available in retails stores such Intersports in Finland, Scandinavian Outdoor Store, Microsoft Store and Vodafone online store in the Netherlands. We work closely with bigger brands and companies such as TomTom and our products are currently being used and tested by military special forces and the UN. We also cooperate with universities in Amsterdam, Helsinki and London.

 

Fintech:

INZMO
Country: ESTONIA
www.inzmo.com

INZMO is an insurance app providing fast and easy access to all everyday insurance products – insure your commute or even next trip. INZMO provides you any personal insurance cover in seconds.

 

Green:

Windcity
Country: ITALY
www.windcity.it

Our vision is “Variable Geometry for Variable Wind”, and we pursue it through our patented disruptive energy conversion concept which allows us to maximize production in any variable wind. Thanks to Windcity’s simple mechanics technology, we are able to harvest up to 80% more energy compared to competitors.

We contribute to a shift towards the Circular Economy by recovering and exploiting a relevant yet so far underestimated  class of wind, that of variable wind. Our arms are designed to adjust the blades’radius and inclination, allowing our turbine to work in complete autonomy without the need of any additional energy source.

Windcity turbines are particularly suited for urban and suburban areas, where wind streams are disrupted by cities’ orography while, at the same time, being generated by vehicular flows. By recovering such wasted resource into energy.

 

Health:

NeuronGuard
Country: ITALY
www.neuronguard.com

Neuron Guard is a life-saving medical device with the aim to revolutionize the treatment of brain damages and improve the life of patients, with also a significant reduction of healthcare costs.

The Acute Brain Damage is one of the most emerging challenges of modern Emergency Medicine. We have to act soon because after just 8 minutes a portion of the brain is irreversibly compromised. Early on-site treatment is the key to protect the brain.

The solution is composed by a cooling/warming collar powered by a smart control unit (the size of a small briefcase). The collar transforms the neck into a natural heat exchanger. It is quicker to act on brain tissue but can also function as total body temperature adjusting device if required. The control unit collects all the data of the treatment and transmits them to the Emergency Response System. We are the only NON-INVASIVE DEVICE capable of both COOLING and WARMING.

 

ICT:

vyzVoice
Country: LUXEMBOURG
www.vyzvoice.com

vyzVoice mission is to revolutionize the relationship between people and their connected device data by providing a highly secured cloud-based application infrastructure to manage their connected things. Our infrastructure is based on powerful analytics and real-time data empowering our customers to make thoughtful and smart decisions.

vyzVoice provides flexible and intuitive solutions suitable for any user in any market. We, as a team, work together with our customers to define the best applications enabling them to take out the most valuable and actionable insights from their data. vyzVoice is committed to provide high quality standards, first class services and embedded security to its customers.

 

Smart Cities:

CityCrop Automated Indoor Farming
Country: Greece
www.citycrop.io

CityCrop is a venture aiming at modernizing and democratizing farming, as key to a healthier and greener living. The team’s vision is to bring fresh and healthy eating in every household by developing the first fully automated indoor garden, based on the technique of hydroponics. The CityCrop device and mobile app allows users to grow fresh and healthy food all year long as well as control and monitor their crop with just a click of a button.

Twitter handle: @CityCrop

 

 

Social:

TempBuddy
Country: Ireland
www.tempbuddy.com

TempBuddy’s award-winning real-time workforce software enables staffing companies get their best people to the right place at the right time.
TempBuddy’s multi-award winning workforce management software is designed to get the best people to the right place at the right time, paid promptly and accurately using smart mobile technology. Our revolutionary SaaS recruitment software integrates real-time availability, scheduling, deployment, time capture, pay and bill and compliance into one intuitive tool. The US patent-pending mobile worker app and recruiter platform have been developed to simplify the entire process and experience, helping improve productivity, achieve growth and cut costs. Our game-changing platform and worker app have already been adopted by users in over 310 cities across 3 continents, and by over 30 UK recruitment companies.

 

Tourism:

Waynabox
Country: SPAIN
www.waynabox.com

Waynabox is the startup winner in TOURISM Category from Spain that has revolutionized the tourism industry through a new experience focalized on the emotions. To begin, you must go to the website, indicate the number of travellers, and choose the leaving airport and the number of days of your trip. Also, you have the possibility of deleting the cities that you do not want to visit. Two days before flying, they will reveal your destination, flights and housing and they will deliver an exclusive trip guide.

Our desire is to offer emotions and we realized that the best way to do so is through surprise trips. That’s why our mission is to revolutionize the traditional way of travelling and offer to all you young spirits a new and surprising plan to break your routines and live a great experience.

 

Water:

APSU
Country: SPAIN
www.apsu.es

APSU is the startup winner in WATER Category from Spain. It is a company and a project that develops water technologies, where with just equipment it is possible to warm and to decontaminate water by an efficient way. The challenge of this initiative is to take care of the health by prominent energy efficiency, dissolving also in the process salts and limes of water, doing this use an intelligent application. Nowadays, they work in the development of prototypes of this technology.

 

Best European Neighbour Startup

 

Audified Reality
Country: MACEDONIA
A project for creating special glasses that will enable the visually impaired people to recognize objects that are located around them.

 

 

Extraordinary StartUp Awards

A special prize created to recognise the effort of those startups whose score was very high and got very close to the final recognition.

 

SOCIAL

Human Surge
http://www.humansurge.org/en
 

HumanSurge seeks to improve the quality and timeliness of humanitarian response through enhanced surge capacity of humanitarian responders, professionals and organizations, to the ultimate benefit of affected populations. HumanSurge is driven by social impact, not by profit.

HumanSurge will bring together experienced humanitarian professionals from various disciplines on a single platform where they can signal their immediate availability for deployment in emergencies, thereby enabling organizations to complete specialized response teams overnight. HumanSurge is created by individuals committed to social causes, dedicating their time and resources to develop new solutions that will unite and empower humanitarian professionals, in order to improve the way in which humanitarian aid is delivered in the future.

 

WATER

APATEQ
http://www.apateq.com/
APATEQ provides oil-water separation systems for oilfield operators as well as compact wastewater treatment plants for special and demanding applications and pre-treatment systems for industrial wastewater. Our technical team gathers members, each with decades of experience in water and wastewater treatment or global product industrial manufacturing and commercialization

 

HEALTH

EKuore
https://www.ekuore.com/
eKuore is a technologic company that designs, develops and markets medical devices (mhealth), that connects health to new mobile technologies. Since company´s foundation, in 2012, have been developed the first wireless electronic stethoscope eKuore Pro for medical field and the stethoscope eKuore Vet for Veterinary field. eKuore´s purpose is to continue developing mHealth devices that revolutionize the sanitary teleassistance field, which allow of the patient to be controlled and monitored in quick and easy way and a low cost. Other future Project of eKuore is developed a Negative Pre-Diagnosis Platform, which will allow to help health professionals to detect when the patient has a cardiac anomalies.

 

OTHER SPECIAL CATEGORIES:

 

Best Media Partner Award:

Emprende TVE
SPAIN
www.rtve.es/emprende

Emprende TVE helps entrepeneurs to improve their business and get presence in the media.

 

 Best Public Administration for startups Award:

 

  • Municipality: Lisbon City Council

PORTUGAL
www.cm-lisboa.pt
LISBON MICRO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP is an important part of a global strategy of supporting local entrepreneurship as a dynamic engine of the city´s economy. We found that there were o­ffers for a younger target, but lacked social responses to other public who wanted to have new professional opportunities and install a small business.

 

 

  • Province: Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo

SPAIN
www.viavigo.es

BUSINESS ACCELERATION PROGRAMS VIAGALICIA. This Program allows identify and channel all the resources and tools of the ecosystem (public and private), with the objective of making them available to the goals of the entrepreneurs, to accompany them in their validation, implementation, ­financing and maturation.

 

  • Region: Central Denmark Region

http://www.centraldenmark.eu/english/centraldenmarkandmidjutland/

The Game Hub Scandinavia project is the successor of Scandinavian Game Developers that won the Regio Star Awards 2015 in the Smart Growth category. The project created 53 new companies and more than 200 jobs in the partnership. Besides, in Denmark alone, it attracted around 60 million DKK in external investments, as a municipal guarantee convinced a local building society and local developers, that the infrastructure around the incubator would be a worthwhile investment opportunity. The Game Hub Scandinavia project has set an even more ambitious goal: from delivering actual change to becoming “the pebble that starts the avalanche”. One of the indicators of success in the project has been to create 398 new jobs, 100 new companies as well as establishing business and educational business relationships with China to open up the Chinese market to the game developers of the project incubators.

 

BEST MUSIC AWARD

Brainiac Beats

http://www.brainiacbeats.com/

 

SOCIAL NETWORKS STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS 2016

 

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Twitter handle: @StartUpEUAwards

Hashtag: #SEUA16Final

BRAINIAC BEATS, The music contest winner of SEUA 2016, talks about his musical path

Brainiac Beats or The Brain is the 36-year-old artist from Almería who has been recognized as “MUSIC CONTEST WINNER” for the Startup Europe Awards 2016. Consequently, his song will be part of the musical representation of the ceremony of 7th June.

He tells us about the origin of his pen name: “In the summer of 1997, when I started in the music world with my group “Rhajha”, they christened me with a new name, The Brain, because I was always creating new plans and having new ideas. A few years later, my friend from Canada, Nick, gave me the idea of being nicknamed Brainiac for international works.

He claims that passion for music started at the age of 4 or 5, when he listened to different styles of music with his father, from folklore coming from everywhere to classical music: “I got interested naturally in the hip hop culture and in its different facets, like the graffiti. At first, I only recorded fragments of music in a cassette that it could use afterwards to modify or remix and so doing my first creations.”

The Brain tells that he spent some years learning to play the piano and studying solfeggio. It was not until he was 17 when he started collecting CD’s, learning to DJ and to scratch.

He also mixes and masters audio professionally in his own study: “I work with all kinds of clients, but especially in the area of black music (hip hop, R&B and urban music). When I was living in Madrid I released my own record label to be able to edit my own music in vinyl. There, I developed tasks of administration, accountancy, management, promotion, etc… Currently, I also work as adviser other artists and producers, both in artistic development and in digital marketing”.

As every artist, he needs inspiration and says, “I try that the inspiration can always find me working in something, as Picasso said. I open the musical creation programme and I start to lead some instruments so I play with them until a sound makes me imagine something more than might accompany it. For the music of SEUA16, I imagined something epic and organic and at the same time elegant, but especially modern and contemporary for the entrepreneurial young people; that is why I have used piano and strings to get a more formal tone, and a drum-set as more striking and current instrument.”

He considers important the fact of being selected as “soundtrack” of a project that rewards companies of young people that have a business vision and put it bravely into practice. “During all my work trajectory I have collaborated with many projects in almost 20 years in the musical industry. It is a great step for my career that my music has been selected by the first time for a European project. I believe in the ideal of which union is strength, the sense of community and what is chased by the European Union, for what this prize is a pleasure and a real honour.

Finally, he confesses: “The crisis brought me to Belgium, as everybody. But actually I needed to undertake a new adventure with my wife, to go out of “safe zone” to learn and to explain myself by new challenges. If I could go back in the time, I would turn it to doing one and thousand times because the personal and professional growth that has provided Belgium to me since I came, has been enormous. “

StartUp Europe Awards will recognize the best European startups in 10 categories

StartUp Europe Awards will recognize the best European startups in 10 categories

PRESS RELEASE

  • The StartUp Europe Awards ceremony will count on the honorific presence of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.
  • In total, 84 startups coming from 14 countries have contested to be appointed best startup in Europe in any of the 10 categories of the prize.
  • The initiative will also recognise the “Best Public Administration for startups”, a pioneering award addressed to the best public programme which supports startups and their entrepreneurship values.

Brussels, 31th of May 2017. The StartUp Europe Awards initiative, promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova Foundation, in collaboration with StartUp Europe, will recognise for the first time the best startups in Europe in 10 categories, in the so-called “Eurovision for startups”. This recognition will take place in Brussels next Wednesday, 7th of June, in a ceremony that will count on the honorific presence of the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

84 finalists startups coming from Croatia, Greece, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia and Montenegro will opt for the recognition of best startup in the categories of Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water.

The awards will be delivered by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani; the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Mr. Carlos Moedas; the Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambert; the Vice-President for Communication of the European Economic and Social Committee, Gonçalo Lobo Xavier and the DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Mr. Michel Servoz.

In addition to distinguishing the best startups from Europe in 10 categories, the StartUp Europe Awards final will also recognise the best Public Administration for the Startups, a pioneering prize which aims to recognise the best programmes or public services supporting entrepreneurs and innovation in municipality, province, region and international organism category. The initiative also recognises the Best Media Partner, a prize that will be given to the media partner most committed to the dissemination of the entrepreneurship and the startups.

Finally, the president of the organisation “Mind the Bridge”, Alberto Onetti, will present in the ceremony the last report of “Scaleup Europe” by Startup Europe Partnership (SEP).  This report includes new data about Scaleups and capital raised in Europe, plus a comparison among regions, countries and sectors. The maturity of the EU scene, the potential impact of Brexit, and recent growth ends the report, along with a survey of the largest verticals present in Scaleup Europe, and which countries these verticals are most represented in.

All the winners of StartUp Europe Awards will obtain great visibility all around Europe thanks to the Media Partner Alliance of StartUp Europe Awards formed by 21 media members. The startups will also have access to a programme of mentoring (in internationalization, European funds like SMEs Instrument of 50.000 € to 2,5 million € of non-refundable subsidy, international communication, etc.), through the StartUp Europe Accelerator of Finnova Foundation, which will allow them to boost their projects and to make them more viable worldwide.

 

About StartUp Europe Awards

 

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative that seeks to identify and recognise local models of success which become an example to other entrepreneurs, to the public administrations for developing custom-made programmes to stimulate its growth and to the investors for approaching local ecosystems.

“From the Commission, we want that entrepreneurship generating growth and employment is not only present in a few cities or regions. Thus, more people can benefit from the impact” assures Isidro Laso, Head of StartUp Europe’s Sector – European Commission.

StartUp Europe Awards also proposes a methodology of open innovation through the public – private partnership, “that works for the public entities to find a solution for its local challenges and for the startups to try its innovations in pilots supported with European funding”, declares Juan Manuel Revuelta, Director of StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation.

More than 20 local events and 14 national awards have been celebrated under StartUp Europe Awards´ frame in 2016, with 91 startups winners and 84 that made it to the final. 21 media Partners of the whole Europe, as The Independent in Ireland or Emprende TVE in Spain, they have helped to give visibility to this initiative. 9 members of the European Parliament have come together in the StartUp Europe Awards as ambassadors, supporting the local events with their presence and following closely the progress of the startups.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and it is supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

 

Press Contact:

Catalina Valencia.

Tel: (+34) 636889177
eustartup@finnova.eu

DIGICASH is the winner of SEUA Luxembourg in Fintech category

Country: Luxembourg

Category: Fintech

Name: Digicash

Project Aim:

What is Digicash?

DIGICASH is one of the most advanced mobile payment products and ecosystems in the world, establishing Luxembourg as a leader in digitisation of retail payments. The partnership was created in 2012 as an alliance between a technology-focused start-up and Luxembourg’s retail banks. Luxembourg began to write its FinTech story before the use of this term actually became common.

How does it work?

For consumers, DIGICASH is a true revolution that significantly facilitates their daily lives: the product digitises their financial interaction with stores, bill issuers and even other users.

  • P2P payments between consumers are triggered in three clicks. The product allows sending and requesting money to and from contacts by just using their phone numbers, funds are transferred using SEPA bank transfers from account to account;
  • Invoice payments at home are made in 5 seconds. Consumers just scan the QR Code on invoices, authorise the payment with a PIN or fingerprint and it is done. QR Codes contain all necessary information for a secure payment, avoiding any error in the process of manual encoding;
  • In stores, DIGICASH consolidates payments and loyalty cards and digitises the receipt. DIGICASH’s unique BEACON terminals also allow fully contactless payments;
  • At restaurants, no need to wait for the waiter to come back with a card terminal. A QR Code is featured on the bill, patrons scan it and the payment is made in seconds. The waiter receives the confirmation directly on the cash register.
  • For E-commerce and in Apps, no login or manual card data encoding is required. DIGICASH takes care of everything using a QR Code on the screen or getting payment data from other Apps, all payments are fully secure based on the authorisation by PIN code or fingerprint in the DIGICASH App on the user’s phone.

The App has been designed to be simple and fast but also highly secure by meeting bank security requirements.. All transactions are validated either using a fingerprint or a PIN Code.

Did you try it?

Some figures demonstrating the product’s success: The Digicash App was downloaded more than 120,000 times in Luxembourg, a country with a total population of 590,000. For invoice payments, more than 95% of utility and insurance bills contain DIGICASH QR Codes. Its availability with retailers is steadily increasing, already in the double digits – major partners include international players such as Auchan, Cora and Total. DIGICASH is gradually replacing cash in daily exchanges between individuals:  money transfer from bank account to bank account becomes as easy as sending a text message. With local banks BCEE, BGL BNP Paribas, BIL and POST as partners, the product already covers more than 80% of bank customers. A fifth bank will join the network in early 2017.

More recently, the App interface has been completely overhauled and redesigned over last summer to improve the user experience. Starting September 2016, a large scale campaign has been launched advertising the product both via mass media and direct marketing channels, with the goal to achieve a market coverage of 20% of all payments by 2019.

 

Its leading role in m-payment technology enabled DIGICASH to start implementing its product with other players in one of Luxembourg’s neighbouring countries.

DIGICASH is one the most successful digital payment products in Europe, demonstrating Luxembourg’s capacity to bundle its efforts and to foster innovation in a very efficient way focusing on embracing new opportunities that digitisation brings.

 

RAOUL MULHEIMS : “This award would highlight our company’s leading role in European payments digitisation, exposing both our award-winning product and Luxembourg’s unique design of a successful FinTech partnership between a start-up and all major retail banks”

SWIRL is the winner of SEUA Luxembourg in green category

Country: Luxemburg

Category: Green

Name: SWIRL

Project Aim: Why do we still pollute, using fossil instead of renewable energies?

Why did you create SWIRL?

Looking at the world energy situation and the social cost of CO2, this question strikes because of the tremendous, locally distributed impacts of combustion engines applied in human activities like communication and mobility.

Looking at these communication and mobility markets, one finds a complex, noisy bazaar, many players, immature products, sustainability threats, consultancy in renewable energies and efficiency. Established players in the energy markets try to keep up the status quo by means of barriers to a widespread adoption of decentralized sustainability.

All human activities needing energy, SWIRL opted for a different approach.

What do you do?

We concentrate on non-polluting energy conversion, thus improving local air quality in developed and emerging economies. We act on energy supply for two everyday local human activities, communication and mobility. We convert wind energy into non-polluting electric energy for both. Kinetic wind energy converters return the airflow without pollution. Our objective is local, smart, clean, sustainable energy supply and inclusive business services.

What is you main idea?

We at SWIRL believe there can be no resilience in supplying renewable energy globally without local technology transfer, local capacity building and networking.

Millions of communication towers rise off the grid worldwide, attracting human settlements like new beacons of our civilizations, but:

  • 1 diesel powered, single tenant GSM tower uses 12’000 l diesel/year, producing 35’000 kWh/year and 32.16 local tons of CO2/year.
  • A SWIRL smart wind turbine cluster (2-3 turbines) provides up to 70-80% of this, avoiding > 20 tons CO2 /tower/year.
  • 2016: up to 2’000’000 off grid GSM towers worldwide produce 64’320’000 tons CO2/year. There is room for sustainable SWIRL growth, addressing thousands of accessible towers/country globally.

Worldwide, there are 1.2 billion vehicles of which 251 million cars in Europe 2015.

  • EU, 2014, average CO2 emissions of new cars: 123g/km. For 10’000km/ year & car, this means some 309 million tons CO2/year for 251 million cars.
  • An average electrical car (16kWh for 100km), avoids 1’230 kg CO2 every 10’000km
  • One of SWIRL’s energy converters providing between 8-12’000 kWh/year (50’000-75’000 km/ year), avoids between 6’150 and 9’225 kg CO2. There is room for sustainable SWIRL growth, addressing thousands of accessible e-mobility stations globally.

How to deliver an inclusive resilient business model with smart decentralized wind energy conversion?

International standards for vertical axis wind energy technology (VAWTs) give the context of SWIRL’s technology and activities. Installation, commissioning and maintenance knowledge are implemented locally.

Our inclusive business model implements local capacity building for manufacturing, assembly and services to create resilient local jobs. By means of European technology, local CO2 impacts in two global off-grid activities are reduced.

Our self-monitoring, communicating turbines are “Things on Internet” and networked for preventive maintenance. This creates opportunities for hosting additional e-services (health, learning, commerce, money).

Our products and intellectual property are ready for local implementation anywhere. Discussions with global customers are taking place.

HOP WAVE is the winner of SEUA Greece in Tourism category

Country: Greece

Category:Turism

Name: Hopwave

Project Aim: booking platform developed for the needs of travelers visiting the Greek islands.

 

 

 

Why did you create Hopwave?

By creating a network of all small boat excursions, transportation itineraries and activities like scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing trips, hopwave provides travelers with many options that cover their leisure and transportation needs in small and bigger island complexes.

During our first year of activity, we have successfully included 10 islands as starting points and provided trips to 20 islands-destinations. Through hopwave travelers can now choose between 129 daytrips, that cover 105 unique destinations around Sporades, Cyclades and Dodecanese.

Who is your main client?

We deliver our services to individual travelers via the hopwave mobile app and our website where we provide information about the boats and routes, images of the destinations and ratings from other users, to help travelers decide what tour or trip they want to book when visiting Greek islands.

Hopwave also addresses the tour operators’ market. We allow tour operator companies, travel agencies, hotels and resort to provide such services to their customers and help them increase their revenues. We currently address companies that offer or organize trips, holiday packages and excursions around the Greek Islands.

We created hopwave to allow every traveler to live a unique and fun island hopping experience when visiting Greece. We want to give travelers a reason to travel more, explore more destinations and easily travel around islands with a few taps on their smartphones.

When did you found Hopware?

Hopwave was founded in May 2016 and after a great summer season we are preparing new features and services for the summer of 2017. New B2B dashboards, API and widgets will be available in 2017 for partner companies and a much wider network of boats and trips will be our main focus.

 

Our team consists of three members. George Pilpilidis, co-founder and CEO, George Siatras, co-founder and CTO, and Eleanna Gkotsopoulou, Marketing Manager. We are proud to have been selected to represent Greek Tourism Startups at the European Startup Awards. This award is an opportunity to show how we at hopwave perceive tourism and how Greece can offer innovative and user friendly options to welcome and serve travelers during their vacation.

Welcome to StartUp Europe Awards!

Welcome to StartUp Europe Awards!

EU Commission, European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions they all recently agreed that improving the ecosystem for start-ups and scale-ups in Europe will have a direct beneficial effect on jobs and growth in the EU.

Following this premise, the objective of StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is to identify local role models in each ecosystem of startups across Europe. These local entrepreneurs will become inspirational examples for the new generations that will have a positive impact on improving the entrepreneurship culture in Europe. All the same, the identified local successful entrepreneurs will be crucial for local authorities to define tailored programmes to invigorate their local ecosystems and enhance public – private collaboration.

Startup Europe Awards recognizes the effort of the European startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in ten categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water. Each involved country will recognize the best local startups which will have the chance to compete to be awarded as the best European startups, in the Final ceremony to be held first quarter of 2017 in Brussels. For this reason, StartUp Europe Awards is “The Eurovision for Startups”.

StartUp Europe Awards is creating as well an Alliance gathering the organizers of startup awards (accelerators, universities, consultors, businesses angels) all around Europe and beyond, being a forum for the interchange of best practices and networking amongst all the players involved in the European ecosystem.

The first year of this initiative, 15 countries answered our call being members of the SEUA Alliance: Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Estonia, Poland, Italy, Luxembourg and Bulgaria.

As an active player of your local innovation ecosystem, you can be part of this great initiative and give the entrepreneurs of your territory the chance to be a model for the European continent!

From now, you will find in this blog the most relevant information about National Awards and the progress of the startups recognized in each national competition. This will be a window to give a European dimension to the talent of each participating country, in coordination with 15 media partners that are helping us to make more visible the initiative.

StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

You are more than invited to follow us and be part of “The Eurovision for Startups”.

 

Juan Manuel Revuelta                                               Isidro Laso

SEUA Director                                                             Head of Sector – StartUp Europe
General Director Finnova Foundation                     EU Commission

Startup Europe Awards chooses the best startups from Greece

Startup Europe Awards chooses the best startups from Greece

The members of the SEUA Alliance, Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) and Aephoria.net, held the final national competition for StartUp Europe Awards in Greece.

The iED, an NGO promoting the entrepreneurship and supporting startups, tried to gather all the innovative startups through a special platform dedicated to Greek startups (entre.gr). With a very simple registration, the startups filled in their basic information. The total submissions in the platform reached the number of 75.

At the same time the Aephoria.net, a sustainable-business education and incubation program for startup companies operating in Greece, selected through “BlueGrowth” competition two winning startups.

The Greek Jury, formed by both organisations representatives, selected on 2nd of December 2016 the five winners in five different categories. These startups will have the opportunity to represent Greece in the European Final of StartUp Europe Awards to be held first quarter 2017 in Brussels. There, an international jury will chose the best 10 startups of Europe in the called “The Eurovision for Startups”.

Winning startups of SEUA Greece

For CITIES category the winner is CityCrop, aiming at modernising and democratising farming, as key to a healthier and greener living.

Nursify, a mobile device application that connects people who need First Aid Help with volunteers trained to provide First Aid Help, was chosen as the best greek HEALTH startup.

For CREATIVE category the winner is Convert Art, the first startup upcycling company in Greece, which manufactures handmade products made exclusively from recycled inner tubes, tires, electrical equipment, wood and aluminium.

Hopwave, which helps you discover new destinations in your island hopping journeys with the use of the small boats network, was chosen for the TOURISM category of SEUA Greece.

Finally, the winner for GREEN category is Phee, a startup that uses the dead leaves of sea grass, Posidonia Oceanica, which are washed up in huge quantities along many Greek coasts, creating natural and biodegradable products.

StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe

Three National final Awards close the first year of the StartUp Europe Awards initiative

Three National final Awards close the first year of the StartUp Europe Awards initiative

  • Italy, Poland and Finland organize their national awards between December 6 and 9 of 2016
  • More than 57 startups in up to 10 categories from 12 European countries have been recognized by their National Awards.

On December 6 with more than 50 startups participating, X23 will celebrate the Italian national final in Milan; Startup Poland will choose the best young talent in the country next December 7 in Warsaw and the Estonian Business Angels Network will celebrate the “Startup Day” in Tartu on Friday 9.

Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland and Greece have chosen their best startups that will compete to be awarded in each of the 10 categories at the European final of StartUp Europe Awards to be held first quarter of 2107 in Brussels. “The Eurovision for Startups”.

After an intense autumn of local and regional events celebrated throughout Italy, the startups absolute finalists of each regional stage will compete in the national final, in an innovative event with the presence of Marco Zanni, Member of the EU Parliament; Isidro Laso – Head of StartUp Europe, DG Connect, EU Commission and Vanessa Ricci – from the Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), EU Commission.

On the other hand, Startup Poland has partnered with the Polish branch of Citi Bank and created the Startup Poland Global program. The goal is to help Polish startups increase their business potential by going global. The best startups will be choosing to join the Startup Europe Awards in Brussels and meet with companies and investors from 16 countries.

Finally, from the “TOP 20 Startups in Estonia” chosen from a wider selection of applicants, the Country Manager Estonian Bussines Angels Network will select the best 10 Estonian startups during the Startup Day in Tartu.

All these countries besides Bulgaria, Luxembourg and UK are members of the SEUA Alliance, an international network that seeks to strengthen and support enterprise award organizers by sharing best practices that can replicate for the benefit of their entrepreneurial ecosystems.

To Juan Manuel Revuelta, SEUA director, “SEUA will be crucial to enhance public – private collaboration giving solutions to the local challenges, identifying innovation and improving the use of European funds”.

StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.

Recognized the best public administrations supporting entrepreneurship and talent at FEED

Recognized the best public administrations supporting entrepreneurship and talent at FEED

  • StartUp Europe Awards and the 3rd Employment Fair in the Digital Era FEED have recognized the work of the Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo, Parque Tecnológico de Fuerteventura, InnDEA Valencia and the Basque Government.

The Public Administrations StartUp Europe Recognition Awards- the award for the most committed public administrations supporting entrepreneurship, development, programs for attracting, retaining and managing talent in Spain- were given during the Employment Fair in the Digital Era, held on 15 and 16 November in Madrid.

“It is important to highlight companies and the role that local entities play in boosting and consolidating entrepreneurial ecosystems as well,” said Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, the foundation that implements the StartUp Europe Awards.

The Public Administration StartUp Europe Recognition Awards for the “Best Public Administration in support of entrepreneurship” collected by the State Delegate in the Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo, Teresa Pedrosa, is recognition to programs such as ViaGalicia, a strong accelerator for public initiative companies in its fourth edition, has more than 40 projects selected.

The prize “Best Program for Return and Attraction of talent” was given to the Parque Tecnológico de Fuerteventura for its tax incentives program, such as subsidies, for startups on the island.

One of the second prizes was for the InnDEA Valencia Foundation that successfully developped “Factory Startup” a public – private digital skills development program born from and for entrepreneurs.

The other second prize was awarded to the ecosystem of the Basque Government, for its “Bind 4.0” program thanks to which startups have the opportunity to work directly with industries, to access financing and other support services.

“Finnova is aware of the importance of public-private collaboration in innovation to solve the challenges of the territories. That’s why we will continue to highlight initiatives such as those awarded and encouraging other entities to be the winners of 2017,” said Revuelta.

Patricia Pastor, head of entrepreneurship at InnDEA Valencia; Ayose Kim Hernández, financial director of the Parque Tecnológico de Fuerteventura; Teresa Pedrosa, State delegate to the Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo and Juan Manuel Esteban of the Basque Government, participated in the III Employment Fair in the Digital Era at the round table “Entrepreneurship and Attraction of talent” where they had the opportunity to present the programs that earned them the recognition of the StartUp Europe Awards.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission with the support of the Committee of the Regions and several members of the European Parliament, implemented by Finnova in collaboration with Startup Europe. It aims to create an alliance of entities supporting entrepreneurship and innovation. It also recognizes the efforts of European startups in five levels (local, province, regional, national and European) in ten categories (environment, tourism, social innovation, creative industries, information and communication technologies, health, energy, water, smart cities and fintech).