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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

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StartUpEuropeAwards2016/

Twitter handle: @StartUpEUAwards

Hashtag: #SEUA16Final

TRAFFEL is the winner of Estonia in tourism category

Country: Estonia

Category: Tourism

Name: Traffel

Project aim: We help people find cheapest long-haul flights.

What is the problem?

The average time people spent searching for cheap flight deals is almost 30 hours. It can be much easier to set up alerts to their preferred destinations and let Traffel.com do the searching for them. Traffel.com brings long-distance destinations closer to people.

Our solution?

Traffel.com offers their customers a large collection of the cheapest long-haul flight deals. Our team monitors almost one hundred travel websites, forums, blogs and ticketing systems in 20+ languages to compile the database. We do that semi-automatically, crawlers prepare info, but human handpicks the best deals. It´s a “real-time-offer” platform where customers can set alerts for their preferred destinations.

Where are we now?

To validate the idea we at first opened a simple website and started sending our newsletters twice a week to our subscribers, meaning we were selling subscription to a newsletter containing all the cheap long-haul flight offers starting from Europe. We started to see some traction (over 3000 subscribers with freemium and almost 400 paid subscribers) without significant marketing actions.

Traffel.com is our second website now. We have changed our twice-weekly newsletter idea into real-time offering (plus newsletter three times a week).

Traffel.com offers the following subscription plans: 24-hour access for €4.90; a month´s access for €7.90; and a year´s access for €60. We have paying customers from 16 countries in Europe.

What is the competitive advantage? 

All other services on the market do not meet our needs – either they provide too little information or it´s presented poorly. We offer more flight deals compared to other channels. And we can find unique deals from different reservation systems and websites that do not exist anywhere else.

Other companies haven´t yet realized that you can ask money for this kind of information. We ask money from a customer and in return we provide maximum value (we save their money and time). At the same time we also provide some inspiration on where to travel next.

Next steps?

At the moment, our service is for flights originating in Europe, but we are ready to start offering the same service in the North America as we have the tools ready to do that.

It is great to win the Eurovision for Startups in Estonia and get recognized for all the hard work we have done. It gives energy to continue and develop our innovative model.

CEO of Traffel: We are looking at investors that will help us grow. At the moment we are willing to share 20% of equity for investment of 300 000EUR.

KOMILIBRO, winner of SEUA Spain in Creative category

Country: Spain

Category: Creative

Name: Komilibro

Project Aim: Find your next reading according to what you want to feel

 

 

What is Komilibro?

Komilibro is a book searcher in mobile application that allows you to find your next reading according to what you want to feel and what your specific literary interests.

Why is Komilibro necessary?
After asking for readers’ opinion, we realised that books were not usually recommended according to the traditional classification of genre (fiction, romantic novel, etc.), rather they were usually recommended for the feelings they triggered on readers: “I was hooked”, “hilarious”, “it’s food for thought”, “it’s a page-turner”.
We then understood that the book industry keeps a traditional classification that is not helpful for readers to find their next reading in wide variety of books.  Therefore, we thought that a modern and different book browser was necessary, one that allows to find readings with a novel and attractive filtering experience.
Besides, Javier Calvo Labat, the leader of the project and one of the co-founders, is a literature teacher at a high school and Komilibro is his personal initiative to encourage reading among students. The main objective is to provide readers, especially the younger ones, with a modern and fresh tool that could give them the opportunity to find their perfect book and to interact with other readers with similar preferences. 

 

Where are we?

After a year and a half of development and several months in front of the public we are very happy with the welcome that has had the initiative. The mobile version on Android carries more than 10,000 downloads and more than 3,000 active users, is ready in English and soon we will launch in more languages. On the other hand, we successfully completed a € 5500 Crowdfunding initiative that has allowed us to begin the development of Komilibro for IOS-Apple devices. In addition, we have joined the team to Javier Celaya, one of the most relevant literary agents in the Spanish book industry, a true reference and guru of the book industry in Spain and Latin America. In 2016 we received the first prize of 25 projects in the Cultural Industries Summit, program of acceleration of cultural and technological projects celebrated in Valencia.

What does Europe and the Startup Europe Awards mean?

Europe is our natural way of growth since, after starting with the Spanish experience, we have started development in English and want to open ourselves to a more international scenario. Fundamentally, we want to revolutionize the way books are found, searched and thought, and that change, in order to be truly relevant, must be global and plurinational. We must take the world of books to the twenty-first century. For that, Spain is the first step and Europe is the way.

“Komilibro’s search and algorithm system is easily replicable in other languages ​​and markets and an international repercussion program such as the Startup Europe Awards would enable us to successfully carry out this company” Javier Calvo, CEO Komilibro.

WINDCITY, winner of SEUA Italy in Green category

Country: Italy

Category: Green

Name: WINDCITY

Project aim: to develop an innovative wind energy conversion concept that maximises the production in any variable wind.

 

What is WINDCITY? 

Windcity patented an innovative wind energy conversion concept maximizing production in any variable wind. Through our “variable geometry for variable winds” vision we developed the simple, cost-effective and disruptive mechanics allowing up to a +60/+80% energy harvesting compared to conventional vertical axis machines.

How did you come up with the idea? 

The real challenge for Wind Tech today is to comply with circular economy principles invoked by the European Community vision of future from the point of view of the primary Energy Source. That is, to increase sustainability, wind energy conversion needs to evolve: today the turbulent part of flow is neglected as waste from conventional machines. While in Windcity new design the variable part of wind is valued and part of the energy harvesting circle as a whole

Which are the principles in which your project is based? 

Sustainability: no extra energy is needed to operate the variable geometry of our turbine, permitting to deliver it at no extra cost, compared to conventional machines, and permitting the smart-grids integration in any city, including developing countries’ urban areas where a cheap renewable energy supply means socio-economic empowerment.

Scalability: by our 1500 W fully-aerodynamic prototypes we test today a technology that is applicable in machines up to 100 kW. None of our competitors worldwide has a turbine displaying all the organic features integrated by Windcity, while variable geometry complies with Det Norske Veritas-Germanischer Lloyd idea of innovation in wind turbine design: the market is just about to open to variable winds, and Windcity acts as a first-mover.

CEO of WINDCITY

Thanks to StartUp Europe Awards, it is of great importance for Windcity to have the opportunity to face European Community policies and challenges in the crucial areas of sustainable energy supply, smart-grid connection and social empowerment. Hopefully our experience will help to give solutions of shared value to all the European citizens community.

 

 

BRIAREO, winner of SEUA Italy in the Smart Cities category

Country: Italy

Category: Smart Cities

Name: Briareo

Project Aim: to produce a series of vertical axis micro wind turbines Dual Blade, the only one designed to be efficient in urban environments and to generate electricity with light winds.

 

 

What is Briareo?

Briareo wants to contribute to the smart management of energy distribution, relieving the network and creating a shared micro production that will make the gried more stable and reliable, making the energy production cheaper and sustainable for the consumer. We also offer a solution for those who have difficulty, due to logistical reasons, to access the national grid.

Why have you created it? 

Briareo innovation comes from its founders experience in the sailing world, from where we borrowed the aerodynamic efficiency concepts,  recently used in catamarans for the America’s Cup to the very small size vertical axis wind turbines. It is a market with great potential, but still missing an offer of a safe, efficient and affordable product.

Which problem are you aiming to solve? 

Briareo solves the problem of energy self-production, nowadays fundamentally provided by photovoltaics, by integrating perfectly the wind with the solar power to compensate the times of production lack in winter and on cloudy days. On such occasions, when the PV production is very poor, the Briareo micro wind turbines integrate the production contributing to have greater stability in the grid, reducing the imbalance of the networks and making economically viable the investment of those who decided to use renewable energy.

At what point are you? 

Briareo Launched its product on the Italian and Spanish market. Currently, it has started commercial negotiations with the markets South American markets, like Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and other countries like Iran. Next goal is to grow in North European markets, USA and Canada.

What does this award represent for you? 

This contest is an exceptional opportunity for Briareo to compete with the best European startup, to validate its intuitions and receive an objective and highly qualified assessment for its business model.

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. “

MOZELO is the winner of Latvia in Creative category

Country: Latvia

Category: Creative

Name: Modelo

Project Aim:  Let’s anyone in need to create their beautiful online presence in a form of a website, online store or blog with ease and no technical skills required

Which is Mozello Website Builder initiative?

 We believe that in today’s business world it’s essential for a business or a startup to have a website and have a great looking overall online presence and communication. More and more people are taking their shopping from supermarkets or shops to the sofa and the laptop in their homes. They make shopping decisions, browse products and services. It’s essential to be available online in today’s world.

Based on that we arrive to why we created Mozello. It’s due to the fact that it’s common for new or small to medium business to be tight on their budget when it comes to developing their websites or online stores. Also, not everyone has the needed skills to pull it off. So, we created Mozello – the user friendly platform that let’s anyone in need to create their beautiful online presence in a form of a website, online store or blog with ease and no technical skills required.

Which are the goals?

  • make it’s use as easy and understandable as possible for the average computer user
  • keep it affordable for small businesses and even people who are trying to start something great individually from their homes
  • keep the functionality of what you can expect from today’s websites and online stores (integration with Google and other services, mobile support, )
  • make it available to local EU markets by providing language and local domain name support

Why you create it?

We believe we are on the right track with that because more and more businesses across Europe and other regions are choosing Mozello as their go-to platform for their individual or business website or e-commerce solution. And we are happy to be a helping part in their journey.

We believe in seeing, working towards and grabbing opportunities and we believe every European business, individual and startup is working towards their own ideas and opportunities to get, make or be what they envisioned to be. We are happy to help by enabling more and more individuals and businesses discover they opportunities, reach their goals and inspire others and us by doing so. Support and opportunity is what we share with the people and businesses and we would like to say that Europe is with us on that. 

 

“My team and I, we are very happy to receive this recognition and it comes as a confirmation that the idea of launching a successful global startup in Europe is not only possible but actually working very well both for us and our customers from all EU countries and beyond.”Karl’s Blumentals, Mozello CEO

XNEXT, winner of SEUA Italy in ICT category

Country: Italy

Category: ICT

Name: XNEXT

Project aim: To become a reference point for  companies moving towards a zero defects production and new security standards for the baggage security checks market, thanks to an innovative X -ray real-time contaminants and foreign bodies identification.

Why are you developing this product?

Detection of contaminants and defects in food and goods production as well as Security standards for the baggage security checks market were at a steady at and obsolete and non promising state of the art when compared with the crucial issue the markets are facing at present time.

On the one hand, you must check food for potential risk factors such as pathogens, toxins or toxic elements like lead, cadmium and mercury; on the other hand, you must work to increase the amount of food products and prolong their durability and shelf-life. Electronic waste often contains recoverable gold traces and toxic substances, whose recover could avoid severe pollution.

What is XNEXT?

Xnext was born from the dream that a disruptive technology could contribute to an healthier, safer and cleaner world and at the same time create a sustainable economic advantage.

In order to achieve that, we have developed an innovative X-ray real-­time
contaminants and foreign bodies identification. The technology is being tested in operational environment and we forecast to go to market by May 2017. Our unique XSpectra® technology is at the state-­of-­the-­art of the X-­ray spectroscopic technology available today, it is capable of a real-­time, precise identification of the chemical-­physical composition of the materials under analysis.
The spectra of a material identify unequivocally its components and density, which can be recognized from a well-­known spectrum library. XSpectra® uses 1.024 energy levels, while traditional systems uses 1/2 energy levels. We have a single formula in mind: safety+security = safurity.

To whom is this project addressed?

Our vision of the teamwork is focused on young, flexible-minded people which are going to build a solid commitment to our business mission.

 

 

SMART LOAD SOLUTIONS is the winner of Estonia in Energy category

Country: Estonia

Category: Energy

Name: Smart Load Solutions

Project Aim: connecting electric heaters with energy markets.

 

 

Why you started?

Electricity is one of the most expensive and polluting sources for heating. However, this should not be this way as renewables like solar panels and wind turbines produce electricity with 0€/MWh and they produce 0 CO2 emissions in the process. The problem is of course, that the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing all the time.

How you work?

Our team has solved this problem by shifting the time that heaters consume electricity to the time periods when there is a lot of cheap and environmentally friendly electricity in the grid, produced by most efficient power plants.

How does it work?

That is why we have created Themo, which is an intelligent thermostat for electric floor heating. Themo uses SLS optimization software that can shift automatically energy consumption without causing any discomfort for the end client – it keeps the temperature the user has set but is able to save up to 40% from the electricity cost. To provide the service, SLS is using latest technologies like A.I., IoT, Big Data analysis and cloud computing.

 

Today we have started the pre-sales of the thermostats and are producing the first patch. After floor heating, we aim to change electric radiators, water heaters and heat pumps. This type of new approach has a huge potential to change how we consume electricity and how we could better utilize renewable energy production to benefit us all.

As the CEO of Smart Load Solutions I am pleased to see that our solution has gained both Estonian and international recognition which is always important for small companies to succeed with their technologies.

 

WATERVIEW, winner of SEUA Italy in Water category

Country: Italy

Category: Water

Name: Waterview

Project aim: to develop a cheap, easy and fast way to collect large amounts of rainfall data in real time and with the high accuracy.

How did you come up with the idea? 

Real-time information about spatial and temporal patterns of rainfall are fundamental in many fields, such as, civil protection, precision farming, transport safety or outdoor sports. Traditional rain gauging networks, however, are usually too sparse to gather robust and precise information about rain. This is why we thought about developing the cheapest, easiest and fastest way to collect large amount of rainfall data in real time and with the same accuracy of traditional rain gauges. Its name is IR2.

What is IR2 and how does it work?

IR2 stands for Instant Rain Rate; it is the technology behind the rainvolution. IR2 is a patented image-processing algorithm, which gauges rain intensity in real time from pictures and videos shot during rain events. IR2 lies on a simple assumption: since a photograph actually conveys 3D information, it is possible to count rain drops within a sampled volume, thus estimating rain intensity.

WaterView introduces IR2 technology, a brand new technique for measuring at-ground rain intensity from photos shot in rainy conditions. IR2 stands for Instant Rain Rate, and is the technology behind the rainvolution. IR2 is a patented image processing algorithm, which gauges rain intensity in real time from pictures and videos shot during rain events*. IR2 lies on a simple assumption: since a photograph actually conveys 3D information, it is possible to count rain drops within a sampled volume, thus estimating rain intensity.

“Join the rainvolution” is our claim! Because… we will measure rain intensity from your simple photographs!

How would you take SEUA contest? 

It will increase our business opportunities and international visibility, since it represents an effective way to get in touch with the entire European startup ecosystem.