MIRACOIL is the Spanish winner of Energy category

Country: Spain

Category: Energy

Project Aim: Converting several types of waste as feedstock into high-quality second-generation advanced biodiesel. This technology is known as thermos-mechanical cracking process (TMCP). The challenge remains to develop techniques that are economical and easily replicable, avoid environmental pollution and risks for human health, and reduce carbon emissions, just as promoting the circular economy in recovering the value from the waste.

What is the problem to solve?

Over the recent years, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management has been fast evolving from the conventional methods of landfilling, open-air burning, dumping in oceans, to more sophisticated methods. In addition, the enormous environmental and economical downsides of landfilling have reached the top of waste policy agenda and they are looking for alternatives to minimize landfilling, where policies tend towards zero-landfill and circular economy development. Similarly, treating MSW through incinerators which generate energy have proven to be seriously damaging to human health as carcinogenic dioxins are not eliminated even when sophisticated and very expensive filters are deployed. The challenge remains to develop techniques that are economical, easily replicable, avoid environmental pollution and risks for human health and reduce carbon emissions, while promoting the circular economy in recovering the value from the waste. MIRACOIL has been working for the last six years to change the way we treat and eliminate waste.

What does MIRACOIL do:

MIRACOIL commercializes a patented new technology that can convert several types of waste as feedstock into high-quality second-generation advanced biodiesel. This technology is known as thermos-mechanical cracking process (TMCP). The company’s vision agrees with environmental objectives to minimize waste generation, avoiding landfilling and incineration, and convert waste into a resource; in this case, a synthetic secondary fuel to substitute fossil fuels. The key innovation of the TMPC system lies in obtaining liquid hydrocarbons by cleavage of carbon and hydrogen molecules using various organic biomass waste feedstock.
The TMCP is a clean, efficient and flexible technology, an alternative to the current linear production-consumption system, reintroducing waste in the economic cycle, treating it locally and extending its life cycle. Thus, it contributes significantly to reduction of landfilling and encourages energy independence. Compared with competing solutions, TMCP is more profitable than competitive technologies that often have higher operational costs compared with the income they generate. TMCP’s disruptive technology presents numerous advantages over other existing waste treatment and disposal systems. A TMPC’s technology removes a broad range of waste treatment and disposal systems. A TMCP’s technology removes a broad range of waste (up to 85%) without the need to separate the input materials (except for glass, metal and recycled materials).

What MIRACOIL will do in the future:

In 2018, in Spain, MIRACOIL will manage the construction of the first demonstration industrial plant of the TMPC technology for the treatment of urban solid waste and plastics. At the same time, we will plan the commercial diffusion for the installation of other plants in Europe, Latin America and Africa.

What does Europe represent for the company?

Europe is for MIRACOIL a great opportunity to spread a disruptive, cleaner and more efficient technology than the current ones, internationalize its use and achieve collaborations that pursue the same objectives of environmental protection, solid waste disposal, oils, hospital waste and plastics for avoid that they end up contaminating the aquifer and marine environment and obtain funding for treatment plants and dissemination actions.

CEO’s testimony:

For me as CEO, this recognition is a reward for the effort applied by the technologist and the MIRACOIL team for the last five years and an opportunity to spread the usefulness of TMCP Technology.


PREGNABIT is the Polish winner of the E-Health category

Country: Poland

Category: E-Health

Project Aim: supporting health care professionals to bring every pregnancy to the happy end.

What does PREGNABIT do:

Early detection of threats to mother and baby, including through CTG measurements, may have a real impact in quicker medical response during pregnancy. PREGNABIT system enables CTG monitoring of pregnant women at anytime and anywhere. Our mission is to support health care professionals, to bring every pregnancy to the happy end.

CEO’s testimony:

StartUp Europe Awards 2017 recognition is very important to the whole Pregnabit Team. We work very hard to bring every pregnancy to the happy end. We strongly believe that StartUp Europe Awards 2017 will help us to fulfil our mission.


MYSNOWMAPS (a project of Mobygis) is the Italian winner of the Water category

Country: Italy

Category: Water

Project Aim: assessing snow distribution at continental scale to predict water resources.

The Motivation:
Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by the snow. Seeing the snow falling was for me the most beautiful form of magic. I was curious on “how much snow there was everywhere”, especially when I saw the white mountains above me, but that information was often lacking or ambiguous. Later, my studies on snow modelling and my commitment to answer this question gave birth to Mysnowmaps.

What is the problem to solve?

Thanks to a combination of mathematical modelling with ground and satellite data, we can assess with accuracy the snow distribution at continental scale, as snow is the primary source of water in the mountains. Knowing with accuracy the snow distribution allows us to predict water resources for multiple beneficiaries, like:
1- Public administrations: we improve the monitoring of snow distribution, passing from a classical point-measurement to a distributed mapping, thus allowing a better decision making for civil protection.
2- Hydro-power: we improve the accuracy of water inflow prediction, thus allowing a better energy trading.
3- Tourism: we improve the planning of excursions for off-piste explorers by providing an interactive browsable map of snow presence.

Where are we now?

Based on the same technology, we have created customized products for each business sector (public administration, hydro-power and tourism). As far as technology is concerned, we are currently in a validation phase, where selected customers are testing the service in an operational way. As far as business is concerned, we are developing our marketing tools to attack the market in each business sector. Now, snow maps are operative on the Alps (176.000Km²) and we are confident to be ready to scale the system worldwide in the next 3-5 years.

What does Europe represent for the company?

Although Europe is formed by several countries where multiple languages are spoken, I think us, European people share the same cultural background. In fact, culture is not just a language or history or religion. It is also scientific development and entrepreneurship. Europe gave birth to many of the scientists and explorers of the last millennium. So, this is what Europe is for me: the land where great discoveries may take place and incredible heritage of great men that dared their destiny to envision new achievements. Like Columbus who sailed from Europe to the new world, I also feel like a sailor going to the new era of digital transformation with my company.

CEO’s testimony:

This recognition means much to me. It is a great honour to be among the most innovative start-upper in Europe and to represent my country in such a prestigious competition.


SOLATOM is the Spanish winner of Climate category

Country: Spain

Category: Climate

Project Aim: offering industries a viable alternative to traditional solar projects, producing pre-assembled modules connected to form a solar plant. SOLATOM enables industries using fossil fuels, to cut their thermal energy costs by up to 37% with less than 3 years payback.

What is the problem to solve?

Two thirds of the energy consumption in the industrial sector is thermal energy, which is produced by expensive and polluting fossil fuels. In the case of heat intensive sectors, like food processing for example, thermal energy can represent more than 70% of the overall production costs squeezing companies’ margins and competitiveness. Industries looking for solar energy alternatives find that current technologies are only competitive at large scale (over 5MW), making them unviable for most industrials applications.

What does SOLATOM do:

Our design uses mirrors that follow the sun to concentrate the sunlight into a Receiving tube where steam or thermal oil is heated up to 300°C. All components are assembled in our module, which has the same size and transportability of a standard goods container. Once assembled, every module is calibrated and tested, before being shipped, avoiding costly on-site construction, and commissioning. All modules forming the solar plant are easily connected to the client’s production process, becoming operative just one hour after the delivery.

According to the EU-JRC, thermal energy consumption in south European industries amounts to 19.000M euro and grows by 7% each year. Our initial market is food industries located in south European regions which are facing high fossil fuel costs. We have begun in the Spanish market (200 companies C.14M euro). Internationalization will start in 2019, by sending modules built in our factory in Spain.

What did SOLATOM accomplished?

Traction: concept proven with pilot. Two projects have been sold to industries in the last three months, five more in the pipeline (+430k Euro). Invested by Lanzadera (one of the biggest startup accelerator in Spain). Climate KIC startup accelerator phase 2 and winner of the ClimateKIC Venture competition (Spain). Investment and funding: 320k Euro-Lanzadera, ClimateKIC, IVACE and Founders.


Miguel Frasquet (CEO), 6 years of experience in managing solar projects for industrial applications. Raul Villalba (CFO) MBA at LBS, 7years finance experience with solar companies, consultant firms and a cleanTech VC. Juan Martinez (CTO), 6 years of experience in designing and manufacturing industrials equipment in aeronautics. Carlo Terruzi (R&D), 5 years of experience in developing control systems. We also have Dr. Daniel Villalba (U. Stanford-COB) as energy advisor.

CEO’s testimony:

This Recognition represents the work of many people that believed in us, and it will be the first step towards big opportunity yet to come.


México StartUp Europe Awards: “Creating open innovative environments for the Mexican agro-food industry”

  • The Project falls within the StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative with which the European Comission -DG Connect- and the Finnova Foundation aim to promote local entrepreneurship and open innovation.
  • This initiative, open and inclusive, will promote a public collaboration – private for the UE-Mexican agro-food industry.
  • CDI Corporative will promote the participation of new companies with innovative projects dealing with the Aggrotech, Social Innovation, Water, Climate and Gastronomic fields.
  • The official announcement regarding the Water category, in the framework of the National Forum of Sustainable Development and Water, is released in Mazatlán, Sinaloa.

Mexico, 31 August 2018. Mexico StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative in which the European Commission –DG CONNECT- and the Finnova Foundation, in collaboration with CDI Corporative (Corporativo de Desarrollo Integral) aiming to promote local entrepreneurship and open innovation for the UE-Mexican agro-food industry.

Mexico occupies the eleventh position in the world in regards with exportation and the tenth position as a food producer; with this in mind, the incorporation of Mexico to new digital technologies, modernisation of business models and decision-making in order to increase its competitiveness on an international scale is a must.
There is evidence of important advances around entrepreneurship in Mexico, however, the agro-food industry requires greater efforts in order to create an environment of emergent new technologies, innovations and agro-technologic businesses.

“Mexico has an important potential in terms of Start-ups, as the conditions to accelerate the growth of this field by generating innovations and an entrepreneurship environment are already there; with this initiative we are looking for a coalition with key actors that can help to boost and reinforce an interinstitutional link with public inversions within the agro-food industry”, according to Marco Antonio Herrera Oropeza, General director of CDI.

The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey has joined this initiative by considering its relevance as an enhancer of development in a field that is as fundamental for the Mexican economy as the agro-food industry. The Business School of this university strongly emphasizes the entrepreneurial culture and the connection between universities and companies as an instrument to promote economic and social development of all countries.
The Finnova Foundation facilitates the collaboration between Mexican and European entities thanks to European Funds in order to technologically innovate, particularly the aggrotech sector, which is strategic for Mexico and, at the same time, it has a great commercial importance for the European Union.

“StartUp Europe Awards is the vehicle allowing Start-ups, corporates and the public administration to deal with the challenges that may arise from the development of the programme Horizonte Europa, counting on 100 trillions for innovation until 2027, and Mexico should be a leader country in obtaining this subvention in cooperation with Europe” states Juan Manuel Revuelta, General Director of Finnova Foundation.

CDI Corporative will implement the participation of new companies participating in innovative projects within the categories of Aggrotech, Social Innovation, Water, Climate and Gastronomy, so their services and products can be known at a global level.

“We want this entrepreneurial environment to find and initiate business ideas and inversions so that producers can reach these innovations with the help of all the actors”, confirmed Marco Antonio Herrera Oropeza, General Director of CDI.

Among the challenges that can be overcome with the help of the Start-ups are the improvement of the product chains, the valorisation of waste material, the reutilisation of water, the improvement of the food quality, the impact of the climate change, the renewable energies and the implementation of continuous and inclusive innovation culture.

Within the National Forum of Sustainable Development and Water: Production, Promotion and Commercialisation of Agricultural Products, the first convocation of the contest in the Water category has been launched and can be now applied through the following link:

“StartUp Europe Awards also aims to promote business cooperation as a result of the free trade agreement negotiated between the European Union and Mexico, which introduces the possibility of accessing a market with more than 740 million people in Europe and 133 millions of Mexicans. At a geostrategic level, globalisation switches from a concentric model revolving around the United States to a new cooperation point such as the European Union – Latam, Finnova Foundation’s bet since 2010”, confirms Juan Manuel Revuelta, General Director of Finnova.


About CDI Corporative: a holding with more than 10 years of experience in the agro-food industry which offers integral solutions for the public and private sectors. Its recent participation was focused on the strategic design of the Planeación Agrícola Nacional 2017 – 2030.
About Finnova: a European Foundation with head offices in Belgium, Spain, Romania, Panama, Chile and Mexico. Promoter of innovative initiatives and platform for public and private entities headed towards the creation of innovative environments and the boost of Start-ups, relying on the supporting tools offered by the European Union.

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The StartUp Europe Awards recognise the effort of European startups in various categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, e-Health, Fashion, Gastronomy, Large Industry, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism, Water, Agritech, Legal, Space, Govtech, Proptech, Cybersecurity, Climate, Automotive and Edtech.

SEUA is an extremely useful tool to build the European ecosystem connecting all the players across the continent: “The Eurovision for Startups”.  And now we’re looking for you!!!

Our goal is to promote local entrepreneurship and open innovation. In the last edition of SEUA we have reached more than 132 startups from 16 countries, involving 17 Members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and over 100 partners from all over Europe. This time we want to make it bigger! And we need your help. Are you an accelerator in any of our categories? Are you an expert used to work with startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems? Are you running a local or national contest in any category? Join us!

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MediMee, Irish winner for e-Health category

Country: Ireland

Category: e-Health

Project aim: At MediMee we have one primary goal, which is to help save lives! We know from our own experiences that when it comes to saving lives, every second counts.

What Medimee does?

We have designed MediMee form the ground up always keeping the user in mind, so creating a profile is a quick and effortless process with this mobile application you create a profile, there you can include Medical, Emergency Contacts, allergies, medications, GP details and any other information that could help save your life in the event of emergency.

All our wearables can be linked to your MediMee profile, which provides lifesaving information to first responders, even if a patient is unresponsive. We utilice the latest technology and have embedded NFC (Near Field Communication) chips in all our products, which come in different forms like Smart Cards wristbands, Smart Stickers and more… With a simple tap to an NFC reader decide an NFC reader device, a MediMee profile will be made available. Alternatively, by entering the printed MediMee ID code found on all MediMee wearables into either the app or the web page will provide a profile in a matter of seconds. Enduring someone will always be able to help you.

Our team consists of highly motivated medical and technology professionals, who work tirelessly to bring innovative health record and personal Emergency Information solutions to life and make them available to individuals enterprise, private and government sectors.

Who can use MediMee?

MediMee can be used by anyone, but especially useful for anyone taking regular medication, suffering from diabetes, epilepsy, cardiac issues, asthma, food or medication allergies. MediMee has also been utilised as a health and safety solution for companies, schools, sports clubs, hospitals, travel and disability industry as well military and law enforcement.

What does your application do?

Our application is designed to create a profile. With this app you can send an SOS message, share your profile, send a GPS location, read or write MediMee wearables or medication reminders


Six winning startups to represent Latvia in the final of StartUp Europe Awards

Under the frame of TechChill conference in Riga, SEUA16 Latvia has announced the six winners of their national StartUp Europe Awards 2016. The national Final Ceremony in Latvia, organised by the country manager “Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” has been last out of 13 events awarding best startups of 2016 in Europe which will now compete in the European Final in Brussels next spring.

National jury evaluated the performance of the previous year on the basis of the applications received, as well as in a wider context, on the basis of their expert-level knowledge of the Latvian startup industry as a whole.

Mrs Inese Vaidere, MEP from Latvia and ambassador for StartUp Europe Awards,  delivered the diplomas to the winning startups. The role of the ambassador in this competition is to support local startups and entrepreneurs. “Latvia is not a country with inexhaustible natural resources, but we are smart and educated people who are able to create products with high added value. Latvia clearly has the potential to become a centre in Europe, offering a stimulating and supportive
environment in which businesses grow and thrive”  – said Mrs Inese Vaidere.

The winners of the SEUA16 from Latvia are:

In the Creative Category Mozello the world’s easiest to use website builder.

Nordigen which offers transaction categorisation for improved credit scoring, is the winner in Fintech Category.

In the GREEN Category the winner is Conelum a biotechnological startup focused on development of rapid microbiological diagnostic tests for food and drink industry companies.

Anatomy Text   is augmented reality, web based software for medical education and healthcare professionals, and the winner for HEALTH Category.

The winner in ICT Category is Notakey, a smartphone based solution for strong & smooth authentication and authorisation.

Finally, Rention a Property Management Platform that helps you overview and control all your estate from A to Z, is the winner in the Smart Cities Category.

“Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” decided award a special prize for achievements in public relations to 4SmartStreets.

SEUA also applauds efforts of media in supporting development of startup ecosystem in Latvia by awarding three media outlets – Labs of Latvia, and technology blog who during the past year drawn particular attention to Latvian entrepreneurial activities by promoting creative tech ideas to broad Latvian audience.

SEUA has so far brought together more than 1,000 startup applications and 13 national awards ceremonies on the continent, with more than 80 startups awarded. Startup Europe Awards has been called The Eurovision of Startups, identifying the role models for startup ecosystems across the Europe.

StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as ambassadors and is implemented by Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe.


  • Thanks to our Media Partner for covering the SEUA16 Latvian final.
  • Pictures by Dan Taylor and Sandija Veipa, thanks to TechChill