Europe's best digital technology scaleups win EIT Digital Challenge

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EIT Digital has announced the winners of the EIT Digital Challenge 2016 with gold prize winners in 5 categories coming from Austria, Germany, Ireland and Spain. The contest aims to find the most promising digital technology scaleups and help to accelerate their growth.

Dominik Krabbe, EIT Digital Challenge Lead

We have identified some of Europe’s most innovative digital technology scaleups. They show proven product market fits and a high potential to succeed in world markets. Now we aim to accelerate their growth and create new European success stories.

The European innovation network EIT Digital has announced the winners of its 2016 EIT Digital Challenge that are likely to play a vital role in Europe’s digital transformation in five key areas: Digital Infrastructure, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Finance, Digital Cities and Digital Industry. The gold prize winners for each category are:

  • AOIFES (Spain): Cognitive Hotspot™ Technology that enhances WiFi performances
  • BLITAB Technology (Austria): Tactile Braille tablet for blind and visually impaired people
  • Sedicii Innovations (Ireland): Cybersecurity technology that protects user’s identity in the internet
  • Green City Solutions (Germany): CityTree that uses sensors and real plants to reduce air pollution
  • Exipple Studio (Spain): Artificial Intelligence platform that enables gestural interactions with physical objects

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With the competition, the European innovation network EIT Digital aims to identify the next wave of Europe’s top scaleups - fast growing startups who are ready to scale-up their operations - to help them grow internationally and raise funding. The companies will receive access to EIT Digital’s pan-European innovation network, the chance to benefit from the business growth support provided by the EIT Digital Accelerator and €50,000 in cash.

Dominik Krabbe, Lead of the EIT Digital Challenge, says: “With these companies, we have identified some of Europe’s most innovative digital technology scaleups. They show proven product market fits and a high potential to succeed in world markets. Now we aim to accelerate their growth and create new European success stories.”

The gold prize winners as well as the runners up in each category will have the chance to get access to EIT Digital’s network. The best 16 teams are invited to an exclusive two-day event in December to connect with EIT Digital’s unrivalled ecosystem during a networking evening and discuss their growth strategies with international EIT Digital experts. They have been chosen from a total of 234 entries from 25 EU countries and cover digital technologies in five different verticals:

Digital Infrastructure
AOIFE SOLUTIONS S.L. (Spain)
3antS Development & Strategies SL (Spain)
Streamr Oy (Finland)

Digital Wellbeing
BLITAB Technology Ltd. (Austria)
FibriCheck (Belgium)
Amiko Digital Health Limited (UK)

Digital Finance
Sedicii Innovations (Ireland)
Quantoz Technology B.V. (Netherlands)
Cuvva (UK)

Digital Cities
Green City Solutions (Germany)
ForCity (France)
Civocracy (Germany)

Digital Industry
Exipple Studio (Spain)
ProGlove (Germany)
3dTrust (France) & Prodsmart (Portugal)

More information on the awarded companies and their technologies is available here.

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About the EIT Digital Challenge
The EIT Digital Challenge is EIT Digital’s contest to identify the most innovative and fast growing digital technology startups (scaleups) with the aim of helping them to grow their business internationally. The competition features five categories: Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Infrastructure and Digital Finance. Since the first competition held in 2014, more than 1,400 teams from 27 European countries applied for the EIT Digital Challenge. Former winners include Konux (Germany), who have expanded to the US, Undagrid (Netherlands), whose technology tracks equipment on Europe’s largest airports, and Sentryo (France), who raised €2 million in the beginning of 2016.

About EIT Digital
EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes.
EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society.

EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital is consistently mobilising talents, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. The headquarter is in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, London, Helsinki, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento, as well as a hub in Silicon Valley.

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