Startup Europe Awards


The Green and Water final of the SEUA has been held in the Berlaymont Building

On July 24th at 11:00 a.m. the final of the Green and Water categories of the StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) was held at the Berlaymont Building located in Brussels. The event was attended by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, who handed over the prizes to Biomyc and Enova named as winners by the appointed expert members of the jury. Both startups happened to be from Bulgaria and were selected through the Country Manager of the country, Cleantech.

Furthermore, the ceremony was attended by the CEO of Finnova, Juan Manuel Revuelta, who talked about the relevance of the environment and the possibilities of funding for Startups within the European Union. “It is of paramount importance to boost entrepreneurship and private-public partnerships between startups and public administrations and there are European funding tools that serve that purpose” pointed out Juan Manuel.

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative implemented by the Finnova Foundation, promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and the President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, within the framework of the Startup Europe programme. These awards seek to identify and recognise startups in Europe who are concerned with developing the values of entrepreneurship and innovation, including the promotion of respect for the environment.

The Green category aims at recognising startups offering products, services or methodologies addressing different topics like improved resource efficiency, climate change, low carbon economy or societal challenges among others. The award represents Finnova’s and the European’s Union compromise with the preservation and protection of the environment for present and future generations. The winner for this category was BIOMYC a Bulgarian startup which is developing an economically viable, fully biodegradable composite material made of agricultural waste as feedstock and mushroom mycelium as a binding agent.

On the other hand, the Water category aims at recognising startups working in the implementatio

n of various matters like water sustainable systems, coordination to public participation, chemical pollution or groundwater among others. This category responds to the importance of water itself. Water is the source of live and life itself.  It is a precondition for human, animal and plant life, an indispensable resource for the economy and a fundamental piece in the climate regulation cycle. Therefore, protecting our water resources, such as fresh or salt water or the water we drink and bathe in is one of the pillars of environmental protection in Europe. The winner for this category was also a Bulgarian startup called Enova. This startup has designed a BOD monitoring system based on a new generation of biosensor capable of detecting and quantifying the organic pollution in water.

You can re-view the event here, to see the pictures of the ceremony please click here.


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.


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.