Startup Europe Awards


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.


Apiary Book is the Romanian winner of Agritech category

Country: Romania

Category: Agritech

Project Aim: The main goal is to raise the awareness of the youth on the significance of the bees in the nature and promote the interest for beekeeping activities. Honeybee colonies are essential for agriculture and environment, ensuring plant reproduction by pollination.


In the last years, beekeepers had to face many challenges in order to maintain their beehives and honey production, problems like losses of the bees’ colonies, strong diseases, beehives’ invaders, increasing costs of production and also products sold as honey but that they were actually synthetic, such as corn syrup, dextrose and other flavors and additives

What is the Apiary Book’s proposal?

Apiary Book aims to provide a complete solution for management of apiaries, monitoring of beehives (using IoT), innovative beekeeping system decision.

The information gathered from management app and beehive monitoring system is analysed in order to extract meaningful information for an individual beekeeper or for a group of apiaries from a region/country.

Apiary Book permits to gain the following modules:

  1. Smart management of apiaries and bee colonies monitoring using smart technologies (IoT)
  2. System decisions based on data analysis and predictions modelled by machine learning techniques (cost reduction, disease prevention)
  3. Traceability for production process of honey and other apiculture products, origin and certified quality
  4. Transparent direct marketing to the final consumer (B2C) and the marketing chain (B2B)

What is Apiary Book’s future?

Apiary Book can be used by single producers and also beekeeping companies. It’s an app that can be useful for processors and purchase of honey but also other beekeeping products. It’s a very versatile app with lots of possible usage that will improve the harvest of many beekeepers.