Act & Sorb (Belgium - Energy & Cleantech)

nominated by University Hasselt, Belgium

Act & Sorb gives an extended life to wood waste streams while producing renewable energy and reducing environmental pressure towards society.


AlgaLife (United Arab Emirates - Cleantech)

nominated by Science and Innovation Park, United Arab Emirates

Alga Life is reinventing the ink industry by developing an eco-friendly and biodegradable ink made from algae and natural ingredients.


Algorizm (Saudi Arabia - Biotechnology)

nominated by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia 

Algorizm aims to provide a high-quality microbial genetic sequencing service for a better and faster diagnosing service.

Arina Software (Ukraine - Artificial Intelligence and Big Data)

nominated by Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine

Arina Software is an intelligent system that understands natural language, writes codes and deploys it to necessary devices.


Ball Wave (Japan - Nanotechnology)

Winner of the qualifying event in Sendai, Japan, hosted by Tohoku University

Ball Wave exploits the physical concept of ball surface acoustic waves (SAW) to develop a range of industrial applications based on this technology, e.g. a trace moisture sensor.


Deckard.AI (Germany - Artificial Intelligence & Big Data)

nominated by Axel Springer Plug & Play, Germany

Deckard A.I. aims at revolutionising the software development market by tapping into the data of developer teams and providing AI based insights and answers for the people managing software and new projects.


EcoG (Germany - Energy & Cleantech)

nominated by Next47, Germany

Tackling the electric vehicles charging industry, EcoG provides a customised fast charging experience through a platform as a service approach (PaaS) in order to generate value added services and shared revenue streams.


Elentec (United Kingdom - Energy & Cleantech)

nominated by Harper Adams University, United Kingdom

Elentec developed an innovative process to clean polluted water through the application of electroagulation, using a very low amount of energy and largely eliminating the use of chemicals.

Elpis Biomed (United Kingdom - Biotechnology)

nominated by idea Space, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Elpis Biomed provides differentiated human cells and tissue models for science, drug discovery, and toxicology, based on disruptive technology called "reprogramming".


Episome Biotechnologies (Turkey - Energy & Cleantech)

nominated by Diffusion Capital Partners, Turkey 

Episome has developed an industrial enzyme technology designed to convert paper industry waste into biogas and organic fertiliser.


GrowSquares (United States - Agritech)

Winner of the qualifying event in New York, United States, hosted by NYU Tandon School of Engineering

GrowSquares develops consumer-focused urban gardening systems consisting of a modular garden and an app. 


Ineratec (Germany - Energy & Cleantech)

nominated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Ineratec provides compact plants in containers, equipped with a patented chemical reactor technology, that enable customers to produce renewable gasoline, diesel, kerosene and chemical raw materials from greenhouse gases or yet unused (bio-)gases locally.


Inspirient (Germany - Artificial Intelligence & Big Data)

nominated by Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Inspirient builds and markets a system for fully automatic data analysis, designed to enable anyone to know which insights are hidden in any given data set.


JeNaCell (Germany - Healthcare)

nominated by Evonik Industries, Germany

JeNaCell produces pads made from biotechnologically derived nanostructures cellulose for the after-treatment of dermal injuries and other dermatological conditions. 


Materialize.X (United Kingdom - Environmental Engineering)

nominated by Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Materialize.X provides a non-toxic bio-adhesive as well as an optimisation machine learning software for wood engineering. 


Medical Magnesium (Germany - Healthcare)

nominated by RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Medical Magnesium is dedicated to developing a new generation of bioabsorbable orthopedic implants which combine mechanical strenght and bioabsorption for the first time.


Metabolomic Technologies (Canada - Healthcare)

nominated by University of Alberta, Canada

Metabolomic Technologies has developed a metabolomic-based, easy-to-use diagnostic test for the early stage detection of colorectal cancer.


Noscendo (Germany - Healthcare)

nominated by Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Germany

By reading out free floating DNA in the patient’s blood stream, Noscendo identifies the most relevant microbes causing sepsis.


Overleaf (United Kingdom - Other)

nominated by Digital Science, United Kingdom

Overleaf is a collaborative writing and publishing platform that makes science and research faster and more efficient by facilitating collaboration between researchers. 


Oxford Heartbeat (United Kingdom - Healthcare)

nominated by the Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom

Oxford Heartbeat is developing an AI-based technology to make cardiovascular surgeries more safe, effective by enabling better planning and optimisation of surgical scenarios for each indivual case.


Parkbob (Austria - Artificial Intelligence & Big Data)

nominated by Pioneers Ventures, Austria

Parkbob's app delivers real-time information on available parking spots, average parking search time and the respective street-parking rules, helping drivers to make better decisions, saving fuel and decreasing carbon emissions in cities.


Real Research-LifeGel (Poland - Biotechnology)

nominated by Klaster LifeScience, Poland

Real Research-LifeGel has developed 'LifeGel', a hydrogel for cultivating 3D cell cultures that makes in vitro cell culture-based research, e.g. drug testing, more effective by creating an environment that mimicks the human body in the laboratory.



T-knife (Germany - Biotechnology)

nominated by Max Delbrück Center, Germany

T-knife has developed a unique transgenic mouse tht serves as a platform for the development of cancer-specific T-cell receptors (TCRs) for the immunotherapy of cancer. 

tacterion (Germany - Engineering)

nominated by German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

tacterion has invented a soft, flexible and robust sensor made out of silicon that can be used to make every surface touch and pressure sensitive.