EIT Digital has announced the winners of its 2015 Idea Challenge – a competition to find the most innovative digital start-ups from across Europe. Winners have been selected in eight categories after pitching to expert judges at final events held in cities across Europe. Successful start-ups have been chosen from over 450 entries from 26 countries and will receive prize packages including a cash prize up to €40,000, mentoring support, workspace, and access to buyer networks across the EU and beyond. French entries won more awards than any other country, followed by Estonia.
Winning products include a medical device, which enables skin diagnostics without invasive tissue samples (DAMAE Medical, France), a management and billing platform to easily operate a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. (has.to.be, Austria), and a mobile security device helping internet users to protect their online data (Digiflak OU, Estonia). A full list of winners is available here.
Winners will become part of EIT Digital’s unique ecosystem, an international innovation network including global companies, world-leading universities, research institutes, and cutting-edge innovators.
“This year’s competition has identified some of Europe’s most innovative and high potential digital start-ups. We’re now looking forward to welcoming the winners and runners up into the EIT Digital ecosystem, helping them to bring their disruptive technologies to world markets and supporting their scale-up.” states Willem Jonker, CEO of EIT Digital.
About the Idea Challenge
The Idea Challenge is EIT Digital’s contest to identify and support the best European start-ups in digital technology. The competition aims to help the most innovative solutions to succeed in world markets by providing access to EIT Digital’s pan-European innovation network, comprising more than 130 partners, and supporting their international growth through the EIT Digital Accelerator.
Established in 2014, the Idea Challenge has already received more than 1,200 submissions from 27 countries. It focuses on the eight most important trends in digital technology: Cyber-Physical Systems, Cyber Security & Privacy, Future Cloud, Health & Wellbeing, Internet of Things, Smart Energy Systems, Smart Spaces, Urban Life and Mobility.
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About EIT Digital
EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.
EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society.
EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Trento, as well as in Budapest and Madrid.
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