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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.

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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.

SOLATOM team:

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.

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Helperbit is the Italian winner of Fintech category

Country: Italy

Category:  Fintech

Project Aim: creation ofdonationtransparency platform, through the blockchain, using the math-based currency bitcoin.

The Creation of HELPERBIT:

Helperbit is an Italian startup born from an idea of the engineer Guido Baroncini Turricchia, as a result of the increased awareness about inefficiencies in the management of funds for humanitarian emergencies.

Realizing in how many scandals the emergency management had been involved after the earthquake in L’aquila, Guido Baroncini Turricchia came with the idea: to use the blockchain public register to make visible the flow of money.

What is the problem to solve?

National and international organizations, UN agencies and governments allocate funds to mitigate the devastating effects of natural disasters, supporting the needs of the concerned population. But there are problems related to inefficiency, opacity, delays in the distribution and bad administration of funds. These issues lead to a lack of trust in the institutions and the organizations involved, which results in a drop in donations.

The insurance system related to natural disasters faces similar problems. Complexity of the refund process, bureaucracy, lack of trust of the clients toward the insurance companies…

What does FINTECH do?

A parametric p2p insurance service for the pre disaster phase service and when the event happens, a P2p donation system that empowers donors to have more control over their donations. Developed solutions:

Transactions are made through the blockchain, using the math-based currency bitcoin. It is not necessary that the donor or the recipient use this method, as we have already integrated credit and debit card donations.

The platform doesn’t charge additional costs related to charitable transactions because the business model is based on the insurance premium service. Thanks to premium service individuals will be able to subscribe a blockchain –based policy that will cover collateral damages caused by natural disasters through a fair, transparent and automated system.

What did Helperbit accomplished?

The startup launched the donation transparency platform in November 2017 in the Italian parliament and more than 10 non-profit organization are already raising funds with this innovative approach.

Helperbit has been selected for the blockchainSpace accelerator program and has been featured on Nasdaq, techcrunch and many more. Helperbit won 4 Italian and European startup competition awards and was selected in the top 100 innovative projects for the world humanitarian summit, which was sponsored by the United nation.

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Cubbit is the Italian winner of IoT category

Country: Italy

Category:  IoT

Project Aim: Cubbit offers a Forever-Free Dropbox to final users, and is a provider of cheaper and boosted web services for corporates.

What is the problem to solve? : Inefficiency of the centralized Cloud.

What does CUBBIT do?

A centralized Cloud is inefficient: Web farms costs are transferred both to Users (100Euro/TB/Y) and corporates (CDN 6 Euro/GB streamed)

Cubbit Creats the community Cloud. Thanks to an IoT device that leverages on existing Inter-connectivity infrastructures, we crowd-source the first distributed data-center: from one web farm for all, to small servers in everybody’s home or office.

Cubbit Offers a Forever-Free Dropbox to final users, and is a provider of cheaper and boosted web services for corporates.

Our business model: we acquire users by offering the first forever-free cloud. Each of them grows our distributed data-center with bandwidth, storage and CPU. We then sell web services like hosting, CDN and Cloud computing boosted by the proximity of Data to final Users.

Each Cubbit can generate revenues up to 11euro/month, while it only costs 0.20euro/m to coordinate its role in our network.

The core technology has been proved with private Alpha-test started in June 17 and in Jan 18 the public Alpha will be released.

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BZB UAS is the Polish winner of Agritech category

Country: Poland

Category:  Agritech

Project Aim: BZB UAS works integrating a drone with multispectral sensor, which gives the possibility to monitor agricultureand forest areas. From the data collected, it selects the appropriate quantities of fertilizer, finds macronutrient deficiencies and asses the condition of the grasslands and erosion on the slopes.

What does BZB UAS do?

Thanks to the help of the drone, we are able to generate large production savings and protect our environment (ground water) from contamination with excess of nitrogen fertilizer.

Our value proposition is fully autonomous Unmanned aerial system type VTOL (vertical take-off and land). It is a hybrid that combines the advantages of multirotor (drone) and plane.

Over 80% of aviation accidents (large and small- “drone” aviation) are caused by the human factor. By creating fully autonomous hybrid, we limited human factor in the aerial operation to a minimum.

Aircraft solution requires special launcher or hand throw to start the mission. With VTOL we need only a few meters of space to do the same. Aircraft have also problems with landing- its structure in susceptible to damage. Only multirotor or helicopter solution allows vertical take-off and land, but they have few disadvantage -lower operating range and flight speed.

Currently drones released for the commercial market do not have sufficient power resources to complete their tasks during long missions. Flight time of 20-90 minutes is definitely not enough to satisfy the most demanding customers. Our solution allows up to 4 hours of flight.

We have a working prototype and we are currently starting the commercialization.

CEO’s testimony:

Representing our country and Europe is a great distinction for our company. The nomination shows that drones and their various applications in the future will occupy a significant place in our world.

For me, as the CEO of BZB UAS company, the nomination to the European final gives Great satisfaction. We know that we are doing something very important and necessary for people, but understanding it by other people is invaluable and gives us more power to hard work.

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Agricolus is the Italian winner of Agritech category

Country: Italy

Category:  Agritech

The Project Aim: Agricolus is a cloud applications ecosystem for precision farming with multiple purposes: disease awareness and forecasts, crop monitoring, decision support system for treatments and fertilizers, farm management and end to end traceability bringing valuable information to final users. It is already on the market and multinational agroholding companies, medium –big farms, association of farmers and government are using it successfully.

The problem to solve:

By using modern data collection technologies AGRICOLUS has the following functions:

Informatization of AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT for easier storage of Plot’s data and analysis, SUPPORT in order to administer differential treatments and other operations for the crops (fertilizers, plant protection products and irrigation), ALERT about diseasesand other adversities that can affect crops using proprietary algorithms.

What are the faced challenges?

  • International market competition with products coming from unruled countries that produce at very low cost. The effect is a reduction of the profit due to the need of reducing final selling prices. For this reason they have to reduce costs increasing quality at the same time.
  • Climate change requires continuous adaptation of the best time to proceed with any agricultural operation (seeding, fertilizing, manuring, irrigating, harvesting…). They need a real time support to understand the right timing for these operations.
  • AgriTech adoption is not an option but average usage in EU is far below 10% versus 80% of North America and Australia: farmers need a way to integrate these technologies in daily tasks.

What does Agritech do?

AGRICOLUS DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM is a composition of several vertical products that leverage on a common architecture that cover up to 70% of the functionalities common to all the crops, and dedicated professional algorithms for diseases forecasting and agriculture optimizations. Data are collected through satellites, drones, IoT, dedicated apps and soon with our own plug&play agriPlug device that connects tractors and other precision framing Device to Agricolus SaaS cloud.

We also provide AGRITRACK an end-to-end tracking service that can bring information on good agronomical practices directly to the end users to raise their awareness on the real value of the goods they are buying.

CEO’s testimony

Going to the final represents an opportunity to establish pilots and early adopters outside Italy, we are also seeking for industrial partners connections for supplying our products as white label (tractor producers, agro chemical companies and precision farming hardware producers) or as a bundle to improve the effectiveness of their products

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Tommi (a project of SoftCare Studios) is the Italian winner of the eHealth category

TOMMI, a project of Softcare Studios, is a videogame developed in Virtual Reality which aims to reduce anxiety and pain perception in children with cancer, while at the same time involving their caregivers during the gaming sessions. The goal of the project is to promote a holistic approach to patients, improving their quality of life while simplifying the work of the medical staff.

During hospitalization patients experience extreme stressful conditions which have a deep impact on the therapy’s outcome, social relationships and eventual recovery. To ease up this situation it is needed to bring innovative models of collaboration between therapy stakeholders (patients, caregivers, doctors and supporting private companies)and to provide real data through monitorization in order to improve the patient wellbeing.

The project has been developed by Softcare Studios, an Italian based startup which has won the national level e-Health category of the Startup Europe Awards. Softcare Studios are developing immersive technologies based on the idea that digital technologies such as VR can be used to focus on the user’s psychological needs and support the user through difficult experiences such as disease and therapy.

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Simbound is the Romanian winner of the EdTech Category

Simbound is the Romanian national winner of the EdTech category of the StarUp Europe Awards. The company has operations in multiple internet business verticals, including: Online Services, Educational Technology Research and Development, Man and Machine Interaction, Digital Marketing and e-Commerce. The startup is conformed by a team of creative professionals that use the latest technologies, communication systems and visual design to deliver an innovative online content to users interested in learning about digital business and economy.

The rationale behind the creation of the business is based on the fact that most people do not know how to launch their digital business. Simbound aims to help these people achieve success in a shorter amount of time and with fewer costs.

Moreover, the startup believes that experiential activities represent an efficient way of achieving learning objectives. This is evidenced in the constant uptake from universities and companies which increasingly employ ready-to-use resources available in the cloud.

Simbound is available in the form of several online simulation experiences with different game specific mechanisms. When using Simbound, users of different backgrounds co-create digital content and use competition as an innovation platform to develop the online profile of their virtual companies while at the same time they improve their skillset and confidence. Once constraints such as budgets or time are removed, participants are then encouraged to think creatively and apply what they have learned to real working scenarios.

Simbound can easily be adapted to meet the topics and objectives of various courses and workshops, and has been used by over 100 Universities worldwide. This happens at a time when each time more and more businesses and individuals are investing in online capability improvement. Notable clients include: EM Lyon (France), Temasek Politechnic University (Singapore) and Brandeis University (USA). Simbound is also used in management training at various levels in order to bring a new perspective to top level executives which are planning new digital business initiatives.

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Cyclefi is the Greek winner of the Smart Cities category

Cyclefi is the Greek national winner of the Smart Cities category of the StartUp Europe Awards. The startup offers an innovative waste-tracking technology which is accompanied by a rewarding mechanism that connects recycling performance with discounts for online deals. It aims to transform a previously disposable product (garbage bags for recycling) into discounts, resulting in the protection of the environment while at the same time increasing the purchase power of the users.

Over 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities, and the figure is set to rise up to 75% by 2050. Namely, in the majority of the Balkan cities waste management presents numerous inefficiencies and an extremely low recycling performance (of about 6%). In fact, more that 80% of the waste is landfilled, even though that half of that waste could be recycled.

Cyclefi tries to tackle this problem by introducing the first rewarding program for refusal bags. These bags are accompanied by a code that after being inserted offers unique discounts in supermarkets, electricity bills among many other. The estimate cost saving of the consumer per package of recycling refusal bags it is estimated to exceed 5$.

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The final of the Green and Water categories of the StartUp Europe Awards will be held on the 24th of July

On July 24th at 11:00 a.m. the final of the of the Green and Water categories of the StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) will be held in the Hall 9 (floor 9) of the Berlaymont Building. The event will be attended by Commissioner Karmenu Vella, who will welcome the winners of the competition.

The StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee and several Members of the European Parliament. SEUA is supported by the StartUp Europe Accelerator of the Finnova Foundation.

The finalists in the green category are: representing Belgium Robin Food is an application which aims to prevent the waste of food that is approaching its sell-by date. On behalf of Bulgaria ShiftIDEAS (BIOMYC) is developing a fully biodegradable material made of agricultural waste. Representing Croatia is Growcity which has created the ecobox, a mobile food cultivation system integrated into a transport container. From Greece, Billagi manufactures environmentally friendly women’s clothing. Representing Ireland SwiftComply‘s objective is to assist restaurants with the compliance of the regulation in its sector. On behalf of Macedonia Omega Raw and Organic Cosmetics has created a new type of organic cosmetics called “eatable” due to their organic composition. From Poland Hyper Poland has a multidisciplinary team working on the creation of new means of transport. Representing Spain Miracoil promotes scientific research in the field of hydrocarbons, renewable energies and natural resources, recycling all types of materials. Its efficient Thermomechanical Cracking Process (TMCP) makes it possible to obtain liquid hydrocarbons and create second-hand biofuels.

Whereas the finalists in the water category are: in representation of Bulgaria ENOVA, whose objective is to develop innovative instruments for better and faster water quality control through its BOD monitoring system. From Italy, Mysnowmaps displays daily information of snow in the territory, helping to plan excursions in advance. From Luxembourg Weteq is a clean technology company which offers services for wastewater treatment, help to increase process efficiency, reduce costs, comply with regulations and be more environmentally friendly. Representing Poland HandyShower offers an innovative 3-in-1 personal hygiene system that can be used as a faucet, shower or bidet. From Romania, SOWAT has developed the only technology that allows to obtain potable water without the presence of genetic material of bacteria while preserving at the same time the minerals in the water.

Winners will be announced through our social networks.