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WHENINX is SEUA Macedonia winner in Tourism Category

Country: Macedonia

Category: Tourism

Name: WhenInX

Project Aim: Life the city that you travel to, like you are from the place.

 

What is WhenInX?

WhenInX is online marketplace for secondary touristic services. When I say secondary I mean on everything else except accommodation and transportation. Services like hiking, biking, paragliding or scuba diving, you name it.

 

How it works?

Users-Hosts from all around the world can upload their offer with photos, text and videos, located in their home towns, put a price on it and sell their activities via WhenInX. Users-guests can search activities by location or category, contact the host and buy the activity before they get there. I guess you all know the saying “When in Rome do as the romans do!” Well, what you can do when you go in a place called X? Use our app and find out!

 

How is the company growing?

Users-Hosts from all around the world can upload their offer with photos, text and videos, located in their home towns, put a price on it and sell their activities via WhenInX. Users-guests can search activities by location or category, contact the host and buy the activity before they get there. I guess you all know the saying “When in Rome do as the romans do!” Well, what you can do when you go in a place called X? Use our app and find out!

 

Which target has WhenInX?

Every person that travels either business or leisure can be our user-guest, and there is high number of locals that offers activities. EU market over 500bilion euros.

 

How do you imagine the future of the company?

We believe that this app will change the way of travel. The same way AirBnB did for accommodation, Uber for taxi. Tourism as an industry is going towards individualism, people do not want to be put in a group and take them around with tour guides. They want to mix in the environment, they want to feel the city they visit, experience local things. On the other side the channels for offering these services are mostly offline and obsolete. Our marketplace will modernize and liberate the market, every single local that have something to offer can open a profile and sell his services.

 

CEO of WhenInX: -‘ We’re looking at investors that will help us grow not only with funding, but also with experience and wisdom “how to develop and conquer” world market. In the moment we’re willing to share 20% of equity for investment of 100,000e.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LOVE PRANKS is SEUA Croatia winner in Tourism Category

Country: Croatia

Category: Tourism

Name: Love Pranks

Project Aim: enhance the user experience of contemporary travelers via design, humour and gamification

 

What is Love Pranks?

With LovePranks we married the traveler’s hunger for unique experiences with the accommodation provider’s desire to convert one-time guests into recurring customers. We created a series of simple, easy to implement, witty installments that help to create memories of fun.

Lets see a demostration od how you work:

Hello!

Nice to meet you screen to screenJ

We are the LovePranks team – Mihaela & Irena. Lovely to have you with us!

Do you love traveling? Good! Tell us about your last trip. Where did you stay? Did you like the room you were staying in? What did it look like? How did it feel?

 

Hm… Having trouble remembering? We don’t blame you. Hotel rooms are nice but kind of boringly the same. Seen one… Seen them all.

 

Now, imagine your next trip.

 

You check in.  You enter the room.

 

Oh, there’s a welcome drink on the table waiting for you! That’s nice. And a weather forecast, right next to it! It says “TONIGHT’S FORECAST – 99% CHANCE OF WINE”.  Accompanied by an invitation to the local restaurant, winery, brewery or green juice bar.

 

Then you notice a heart shaped piece of chocolate on the bed, with a note. “TAKE A BITE OF A LOCAL DELIGHT”, it says, inviting you to a local attraction – an exhibition, a gallery or a concert.

 

And there are five or six more surprises to be found in your room, depending on how long you are staying. Each one is a playful, well-designed invitation, reminder or instruction.

 

Now, would you remember such accommodation? Would you recommend it to your friends and colleagues? Well, that’s the idea!

 

 

‘Witty tokens of appreciation designed to enhance the user experience of contemporary travelers via design, humour and gamification’

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BRAILLE RIDDLES, winner of SEUA Croatia in Social Category

Country: Croatia

Category: Social

Name: Braille Riddles

Project Aim: design and create a series of accessible learning tools and educational toys for the blind   and visually impaired.

 

What is Braille Riddles?

Braille Riddles is a student project whose goal is to design and create a series of accessible learning tools and educational toys for the blind and visually impaired, and cooperate with NGOs to further the education of blind and visually impaired children.

How does the project start?

The project was started by a group of medical students seeking to find ways to help and improve everyday life for the blind and visually impaired. Having learned the appalling statistics regarding the worldwide employment rate for people with visual impairments, as well as the percentage of Braille-literate persons, we came up with the idea to apply CAD and 3D printing technologies to the creation of affordable learning tools and toys. Our intention is for these tools to widen educational possibilities for the blind, and make relevant resources more easily available to organisations and private users.

How are your products?

The innovative products we have developed so far consist of a series of puzzles of varying complexity, meant to be used as an interactive tool for learning letters of the Braille alphabet and recognising everyday objects. The puzzles are designed in series, adapted to and suited for children of varying age groups. For children up to the age of 7, the puzzles are designed to help learn the letters of the Braille alphabet, and recognise and name simple objects. For ages 7 to 12, the puzzles are more complex and adapted to the educational programme. For ages 12 and above, the puzzles begin to introduce elements of logical and mathematical deduction.

Did you test your products?

In cooperation with several educational centres for blind and visually impaired children in Croatia, our prototypes have been examined by teachers and educational specialists, and tested under their supervision by focus groups of young protégés and learners. Their feedback has been extremely positive, as well as the children’s reaction and interest in the new toys, and we are continuously communicating with the centres while developing and adapting new products and designs.

Future perspective?

Initially, we aim to produce a starting amount of puzzle sets that would be distributed to educational centres throughout Croatia and the rest of Europe. Our long-term goal is to gather feedback and insight from these centres to perfect our line of designs, and create an affordable marketable product, complete with efficient and reusable packaging, that could be distributed to educational centres and private users worldwide. It is our hope that the event in Bruxelles will help us spread word of our project, which will, in turn, help bring our educational goal to life.

“As a CEO of Braille Riddles I’m very proud on my team and our project. This award shows that we did a good job, but it also tells us that our work is being recognized and that we need to work more to make this project real and make our vision come true.“

 

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Poland has chosen nine startups for the European final of StartUp Europe Awards

Under the frame of Startup Poland Global, an educational program for Polish startups and scale-ups helping them work on global expansion strategies, were chosen the nine startups which will represent Poland in Brussels, for the final of StartUp Europe Awards. This program selected 50 high potential startups that participated in three-day intensive course where they improved their pitches, listened to serial entrepreneurs’ stories of success and failure, and acquired legal and business background on moving operations abroad. During the pitching finals, the jury of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs rated startups performance on stage.

They selected the winners that will receive a tailored workshop on building global strategies and scaling, at the end of January 2017, and will go to the final of SEUA. Startup Poland Global is enabled by the United Way Worldwide and funded by Citi Foundation.

These are the startups selected to represent Poland in 9 categories in the final of Startup Europe Awards:

In the ICT Category the winner is DeepDoc; a project aimed at early detection of risk of depression using machine learning to analyze activity in social media, they diagnose the risk of depression at a very early stage.

Jumbster ,the winner in TOURISM Category, is an application to save on fuel; with this app you are able to find and buy the cheapest fuel in your area.

In the HEALTH Category was selected Pelvifly, a comprehensive, mobile system of prophylaxis and rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles dysfunction.

Piece of cake provides the opportunity to easy splitting your bills for your friends, workmates and in every place, where you just need divide the bill. This startup will represent Poland for FINTECH Category.

Ronzo is aimed to empower consumers with delicious cricket-based products with natural ingredients, no artificial chemical substances or semi-processed products; and it is the winner for the GREEN Category.

Smartbox, wich creates a comprehensive Smarthouse system based on cloud computing, was chosen as the winner for ENERGY Category.

The winner for SOCIAL Category is Socialgamer, a search engine in the computer gaming industry focused on the rapid and precise searching for partners to create the perfect team.

Sense  produces wireless, mobile and intelligent sensors and designs measuring systems. Sense was chosen to represent Poland in the CITIES Category.

For the CREATIVE Category the winner is RoboCamp which enhances STEM education using LEGO robot building and visual programming.

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

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

 

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CLAXI, Winner of SEUA Macedonia in Smart Cities Category

Country: Macedonia

Category: Smart Cities

Name: Claxi

Project Aim: App to connect taxis and passengers.

 

 

What is Claxi?

Claxi is a mobile application that helps passengers and drivers to connect directly on a unique bidding platform. With Claxi passengers can choose between different offers received from the taxi network and pick the optimal offer by their personal criteria, like: time of arrival, price, rating etc. The drivers, on the other side, have more flexibility in their work and a chance to increase their profit simply by reaching to more passengers at a time.

Why has Claxi depeloped?

With Claxi we are solving two big market problems at the moment:

  • Uber caused disruption – that include the unsafe rides from random divers and the high prices in rush hour,
  • No optimal offer – all passengers receive only one offer per app with one price and defined ETA, and they have to call another dispatching center if the offer is not suitable for them.

All this problem we are solving with:

  • Unique bidding solution – where drivers can bid on each request & passengers can choose between the offers, and also sort the offers and choose the offer based on price, ETA, rating, and
  • Flat monthly fee – that helps drivers plan their expenses, and, at the same time increase their profit, simply by increasing the working hours.

How can we use the app?

Claxi has two fully developed mobile apps, one for passengers that is available on Play Store and App store, and one for the drivers, that is developed on Android platform, and the drivers can subscribe on it. This makes Claxi a fully operational product that currently is active on two markets – Macedonia and Cameroon.

Claxi business model is based on a flat monthly fee for the drivers and few additional revenue strings. We are activating each market in one of the two basic models – with a direct penetration on the market and with partner model. This helps us have faster acquisition of new users and provide native support for them.

“To be recognized as a National winner in the category Smart Cities is a prove to our team that we are on the right track on changing the life in a smart and positive way. With this recognition, we will gain visibility across Europe and access to a mentoring program in Brussels that will help us sophisticate our product, and it will allow us to develop Claxi project on higher level and make it more viable at European level.”

 

 

 

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HUMAN SURGE, winner of SEUA Spain in Social Category

Country: Spain

Category: Social

Name: HumanSurge

Project Aim: HumanSurge aims to be the global emergency roster of reference for humanitarian responders.

Website: http://www.humansurge.org/en

 Awards: StartUp Europe Accelerator. Zinc Shower. May 2016.

3 week Silicon Valley Program for EU Startups 2016, by “Mind the Bridge” as part of connect EU with the Silicon Valley (for late stage startups) and participation in European Innovation Day with funds from EC.

 

What is your project about?

The project consists on an open platform solution for enhanced surge capacity to the ultimate benefit of disaster-affected communities improving quality and timeliness of disaster-response.

 

Why does this project appear? What are the main challenges that humanitarian and civil protection organizations have to face with?

In an emergency, whether man-made crisis or natural disaster, sometimes existing mechanisms are in closed circuits, by sector, organization, or for internal use only, and proven insufficient. For example, in a sector defined by urgency, regular recruitment processes are too time consuming, causing a situation in which incomplete teams are deployed, or profiles do not adequately match requirements. In addition, there is no global pool of humanitarian responders, open and shared across the sector, and none of the existing tools depart from the perspective of the responder.

 

How does this platform work in order to solve these challenges?

HumanSurge connects available humanitarian and civil protection professionals with organizations responding to disasters globally, in real-time, enhancing the on-demand mobilization of qualified human resource to the ultimate benefit of disaster-affected populations. Effectively creating a global pool of remunerated humanitarian responders.

HumanSurge provides a platform on which the humanitarian professionals can not only list their expertise and availability, but also conditions such as period of deployment, no-go countries, contractual requirements and other preferences. Building a community of individual responders.

 

What is the current state of play?

The open platform was launched in March 2016 and since then HumanSurge has seen a rapid growth path and is gearing up to-scale.

In the first 5 months HumanSurge registered 1,900+ humanitarian professionals, while 14 major International NGOs subscribed, providing its recruiters access: Save the Children, Acción Contra el Hambre, Medicos sin Fronteras.

HumanSurge started a process of enhanced profile validation through automated cross-verification of data with reputable organizations. The first agreements are being finalized and will see verification with professional member associations and alumni verification with universities and educational institutes, enabling recruiters to identify high potential candidates faster.

HumanSurge joined also the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation and the Humanitarian-to-Humanitarian network of service providers, embedding into the humanitarian eco-system.

 

What does Startup Europe Awards Spain mean to you?

In recent years the European Union and its Member States have consistently been the world`s leading aid donor, providing over half of total reported Official Development Assistance. This includes more than one billion euro per year from the European Commission`s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department.

The majority of HumanSurge early-adopters have been European aid workers and European-based international NGOs. HumanSurge seeks also collaboration with European educational institutes who provide quality humanitarian studies and initiatives such as the EUHAP project, and offers solutions to growing challenges within the European borders, as well as beyond.

 

Loek Peeters, CEO and cofounder HumanSurge: – ‘The HumanSurge Team is honored to receive such an important recognition of our work. This is an encouragement and motivation for us to continue working on our social impact innovation, enhancing global surge capacity in emergencies, to the ultimate benefit of disaster-affected populations. We look forward to participate in the European finals, and are confident that our platform will be even better at generating social impact globally.’ 

 

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Five startups will represent Finland in the Final of StartUp Europe Awards

More than 15 startups from six cities all over Finland were competing for a prestigious StartUp Europe Awards in a National StartUp Europe Awards Pitch Competition, brought to Finland this year by Nordic Female Business Angel Network sponsored by NewCo, Helsinki Business Hub, Nordea and Slush.

The organizer NFBAN received 22 applications from Kotka to Turku and Tampere. 16 semi-finalists were invited to an online pitching event on November 16.  Each startup had a time slot of 10 minutes, during which they were pitching their company for 5 minutes and had 5 minutes to answer questions from 6 members of jury, representing experts from 3 different countries with diverse industry backgrounds, active and well established within the startup ecosystem.

High quality of presentations made jury’s task of selecting finalists and a winner quite a challenge. In the ceremony held at Newco on Thursday 24 November, from a shortlist of 8 finalists, were chosen five outstanding startups to represent Finland in the European final of StartUp Europe Awards.

PromoRepublic, a Finnish SaaS that helps Small Businesses and Marketers create amazing social media posts based on the context of the day: holidays, trends and events, will represent Finland in the ICT Category, and they also received first prize of the Pitch Competition.

For the ENERGY category, the winner is Tespack, specialized in providing a complete mobile energy experience by combining latest technology and renewables with a focus on generation of energy on-the-go.

Heimo, the anonymous & safe online community for untellable stories, was chosen in the category of SOCIAL.

For the TOURISM Category the jury chose Duara, a platform for communities in low-income countries to offer home stay experiences to impact-minded travelers.

Finally, Bryom wich turns smartwatches into a personal safety system replacing most elderly care wearables, devices and sensors with a single nice looking smart watch, will represent Finland for the category of HEALTH.

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

 

For more information please contact Florence Korhonen, founder and Chair at NFBAN – Nordic Female Business Angel Network: email: florence.korhonen@nfban.org.

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CYC-LOCK, winner of SEUA Ireland in Green Category

 

Country: Ireland

Category: Green

Name: ‘Cyc -lok’

Project Aim: global network of secure bicycle parking facilities

 Awards: Startup Awards Bank of Ireland 2016. Sustainable Startup Gold. A Design Award Winner 2015 Silver.

 

What is Cyc-Lok aim?

 Cyc-Lok Ltd is an Irish company established in 2014 to develop a Europe-wide and global network of secure bicycle parking facilities in response to the dramatic surge in cycling for recreation and especially for transport in urban commuter zones.  Cyc-lok is a new modular bike parking system that has evolved following extensive research and development and  award winning design.

‘Reducing carbon footprints and getting cities moving whilst encouraging the joy of travel by bike is what Cyc-lok allows for commuters.’

How does it work?

A Cyc-lok unit can take up to 12/24/36 full sized bikes and utilises innovative control technologies that open and close the individual lockers thus ensuring a safe and secure, weatherproof environment for cyclists when they reach their destination.   Cyc-lok can be run on small amounts of power with back up batteries installed for security and can be accessed via RFID cards or through our App with a designated unique PIN code.  It is neither site nor user specific so a cyclist can use our unit anytime, anyplace with ease and also instantly due to our state of the art software payment system.  No Subscription is necessary.

What does to be nominated meen to you?

Cyc-lok Ltd. are excited to be nominated in the ‘Green’ category for the final of Startup Europe Awards, our product allows for cyclists all over Europe to cycle more and park their bikes in safety at destinations that are less accessible and more expensive to park by car.

 

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Silicon Luxembourg becomes new Media Partner for StartUp Europe Awards

Silicon Luxembourg is the unique media source for startup news in Luxembourg circulating information through a web platform, social networks, a print and digital magazine (SILICON), a newsletter and a mobile application coming soon.

From now onwards, Silicon Luxembourg is the new media partner for StartUp Europe Awards 2016 (SEUA16), an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation, with the support of StartUp Europe. This initiative aims at gathering all the startups awards organisers across Europe under the umbrella of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance. Thus, the winners in each member state’s startups awards will become national candidates for the final phase of the StartUp Europe Awards to be held in the first quarter of 2017 in Brussels.

As media partner for the StartUp Europe Awards, Silicon Luxembourg will follow the progress of the startups coming from Luxembourg through SEUA16.

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StartUp Europe Awards has chosen the best six startups from Luxembourg

The winners of StartUp Europe Awards Luxembourg coordinated by Startup Grind Luxembourg were chosen with the collaboration of Nyuko​, 123 GO social contest, Lux Future Lab​ and EY Innovation on December 12.

The next six startups will represent Luxembourg in the European final of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 to be held first quarter of 2017 in Brussels.

Job Today, the easy-to-use app that connects employers and jobseekers, has been awarded in the SOCIAL category.

Digicash, that allows you to pay by smartphone as simple as SMS, is the winner for FINTECH category of SEUA Luxembourg.

For WATER Category the winner is APATEQ, which provides oil-water separation systems for oilfield operators as well as compact wastewater treatment plants and systems for industrial wastewater.

OUNI allows customers to do their grocery and household shopping while avoiding packaging waste. The first packaging-free organic grocery store in Luxembourg won for GREEN Category.

vyzVoice, the winner for ICT Category,  provides a highly secured cloud-based application infrastructure to manage your connected things.

Finally, the winner for ENERGY Category is SWIRL, a company which provides leading edge smart wind turbine solutions for grid edge and off-grid applications

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

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