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.





Aelix Therapeutics (ESP)
nominated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, London, UK

Aelix Therapeutics aims at licensing the first effective therapeutic vaccine against HIV.


Alcan Systems (Germany)
nominated by Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Alcan develops a new class of low-cost smart antenna system.


Alexapath (USA)
nominated by New York University, USA

Alexapath’s system is a robotic microscope accessory that facilitates digital slide sharing via internet browsers.



ArtiMinds Robotics (Germany)
nominated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

ArtiMinds’ software „Robot Programming Suite” allows intuitive and semi-automatic programming of robots.



Avery Therapeutics (USA)
nominated by University of Arizona, Tech Launch Arizona, USA

Avery Therapeutics improves the regenerative capabilities of the heart by using actual functioning tissue.



Baseclick (Germany)
nominated by BASF New Business/BASF Venture Capital, Germany

Baseclick offers an innovative DNA labeling technology and high quality products allowing for virtually unlimited functionalization of nucleic acids.



Canada Pump and Power (CPP) Corporation (Canada)
winner of the qualifying event in Edmonton, Canada

Canada Pump and Power produces pumping systems specifically designed to excel in harsh environments.


Coldplasmatech (Germany)
nominated by Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany

Coldplasmatech paves the way for the next standard in wound therapy with a new cold plasma treatment.



GNA Biosolutions (Germany)
nominated by UnternehmerTUM Fund, Munich, Germany

GNA Biosolutions developed a technology based on laser-heated nanoparticles for ultrafast diagnostics which can be applied in machines and disposable tests.



In-Med Prognostics (India)
nominated by Michigan Technological University, USA

In-Med Prognostics aims to tackle challenges of neuroimaging analysis with a prognostic software for brain atrophy.


Invenox (Germany)
nominated by Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany

Invenox has developed a new battery system for an efficient storage of regeneratively produced energy.



iThera Medical (Germany)
nominated by Helmholtz Association, Berlin, Germany

iThera Medical develops preclinical and clinical optoacoustic imaging by translating light energy into acoustic signals.



Kinexon (Germany)
nominated by Wissensfabrik - Unternehmen für Deutschland, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Kinexon powers the Internet of Things with smart & precise location and motion analytics-like a GPS for indoor localization.



Mebiol (Japan)
winner of the qualifying event hosted by Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan

Mebiol’s technology is the world’s first soilless FarmingSystem that uses a film-like membrane which enables seeds to grow.



MedAware (Israel)
winner of the qualifying event hosted by Technion in Haifa, Israel

MedAware harnesses patterns from thousands of physicians treating millions of patients to identify and alert prescription errors in real-time.



Petagene (UK)
winner of the qualifying event hosted at ideaSpace, University of Cambrige, UK



Relectrify (Australia)
nominated by University of Melbourne, Australia

Relectrify’s advanced battery control systems allow reusing batteries i.e. from electric cars for solar energy storage.



Sicoya (Germany)
nominated by Technical University Berlin, Germany

Sicoya offers the next generation of optical chips for server interconnection – leading to a better and faster data flow in mobile applications.



Synoste Oy (Finland)
nominated by Evonik Venture Capital, Hanau, Germany

Synoste Oy provides a 3rd generation wireless implantable device for patients who suffer from deformed limbs.



Tickplex (Finland)
nominated by University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Tickplex provides a faster, cheaper and more precise diagnostic kit for Tick-borne diseases (TBD).



Titanovo (USA)
winner of the qualifying event in Kiev, Ukraine

Titanovo offers genetic tests for academic research, practitioners, and corporate wellness programmes.



Transcriptic (USA
nominated by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, Stuttgart, Germany

Transcriptic’s "cloud" laboratory enables scientists to run experiments over the internet through remote robotic automation.



Trovinos (UK)
nominated by Swansea University, London, UK

Trovinos’ sensor based on nanomaterial can detect infections in urine or saliva and makes large scale screenings possible.


Vaxxilon (Switzerland)
nominated by Max Planck Innovation, Munich, Germany

Vaxxilon develops synthetic vaccines with far greater efficiency during vaccine production, and distribution.