Startups

Diamond Winners
2016 Diamond Winner
Healthcare + Healthcare Delivery

Versantis is a pharmaceutical company developing an innovative drug capture platform to treat life-threatening intoxications. This liposomal system will lead to disruptive drugs in a broad range of indications of high unmet need. Built on a de-risked lead candidate with an orphan status (VS-01) , a lean development and regulatory path, and a qualified management team, Versantis will commercialize in 5 years the first drug to save patients with acute liver disease whose mortality rate is >50%.

2016 Diamond Winner
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

For manufacturing companies, downtime is expensive. When machines fail, companies lose millions every hour that their plant has stopped. They mitigate this risk by stockpiling all the spare parts that they may need but this method is very wasteful. 30% of all parts inventory (value >$1 Tn) is obsolete. machIQ offers a less expensive on-demand buying model to achieve the same outcome. Customers can also identify & reduce their obsolete inventory and sell them to buyers on our P2P marketplace.

Gold Winners
2016 Gold Winner
Food, Beverages & Restaurants

Kenyan farmers get 1% from every cup of coffee drunk worldwide. The rest of the 99% remains in the Supply chain. There has been a decline in Kenyan Coffee Production despite rising Coffee demand over the same period.

Taste of Kenya was established to ensure farmers benefit through direct trade and the Kenyan coffee production improves. This will ensure farmers get better prices and are paid on time while roasters have access to premium Kenyan coffee supported by farm traceability.

2016 Gold Winner
Internet of Things

Xsensio develops the first “Lab-on-SkinTM” wearable sensing platform for next-generation wearable solutions: a modular sensing tool able to continuously detect biomarkers at the surface of our skin to provide real-time continuous information about our health condition. Xsensio positions itself at the intersection of two massive and fast-growing markets: biosensors with blood tests, and wearables with simple, continuous and non-invasive feedback.

2016 Gold Winner
Agriculture

TwentyGreen addresses the huge societal challenge of meeting growing world demand for protein by offering a solution to animal feeding that is at the same time more beneficial for the farmed animals, more profitable for the farmer, and more sustainable for our environment.

TwentyGreen produces a natural animal feed probiotic that provides a combined solution for today’s three major animal farming problems:
1. Feed cost
2. Disease burden
3. Ecological impact

2016 Gold Winner
Food, Beverages & Restaurants

Remember the horse meat scandal? What if every consignment could have been tested on the go? Adulterated food can destroy brands, profits and careers. QC labs cannot cope with the faster cycles of the factory. We transformed a time consuming laboratory DNA test into a patented, portable, idiot-proof, hand-held kit that gives actionable results in minutes. DNAFoil, our frontline solution, fits ongoing processes and will secure the global meat, seafood, dairy and crops.

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Silver Winners
2016 Silver Winner
Consumer Products

Sensorwake improves the well-being and health of people by using the sense of smell.

Its first product, an olfactory alarm clock , wakes you up in a good mood with your favorite perfumes like coffee, hot croissant, sea side... all scents being made by Givaudan.

Sensorwake was finalist at the Google Science Fair 2014, made a $200,000+ Kickstarter launch and won an Innovation Award at the CES Las Vegas 2016. Its CEO Guillaume Rolland is 19 y.o. and one of the Google Ambassadors in Europe.

2016 Silver Winner
Medical Devices

Intento is a spin-off company of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, developing a solution for the rehabilitation of upper limbs of paralyzed stroke patients. Our solution fosters higher functional recovery than conventional therapy, helping stroke patients to re-learn lost movements, already after two weeks of usage. Our product is based on a novel patent-pending electrode technology and non-invasive functional electrical stimulation.

2016 Silver Winner
Internet & Web

homePad is the first full-stack SaaS platform for rental activities - €16bn European potential market

A complete solution to generate and manage digital reports (property inspections, furniture inspection, task management, service providers management, tenants communication, etc

With more than 1076 companies using daily homePad Pro our business model is growing in Europe (France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Denmark)

2016 Silver Winner
Internet of Things + Diagnostics

The way we move is important to solving diseases like Parkinson's and cerebral palsy, to becoming a better athlete, from a baby's first step, to winning the Olympics. The way we move is essential to who we are. Gait Up makes and sells next generation wearable technology for motion analysis in the sports, healthcare and wellness industries. Our products include gait and running analysis, physical activity monitoring, and OEM solutions with partners. Motion analytics. Accurate. Easy to interpret.

2016 Silver Winner
Hardware & Robotics

We provide fast motion sensing based on 3D imaging . Our CMOS sensors promise to revolutionize automotive safety by making LIDAR functionality affordable ; they also enable autonomous industrial vehicle and smart buildings that adapt to occupancy.
3D imager characteristics
• resolution ( > 1.5 mm distance, 160x120 pixels imaging),
• accuracy (operations under bright or dark lighting condition),
• medium range (>50m, VCSEL arrays s),
• speed (>300-1000 fps)
• low cost (50-250$)

2016 Silver Winner
Hardware & Robotics

Vizir combines thermal vision and augmented reality to give fire fighters a clear vision in dark and smoky environments. Tests with fire fighters show that Vizir increases their sense of orientation and ability to locate victims and hotspots. Our unique visualisation technology provides a comfortable and clear understanding of the surroundings. Active engagement of fire departments and a market research in four countries show a strong interest in our product.

2016 Silver Winner
Entertainment & Media

AEROTAIN offers new and innovative ways to interact with audiences. Our flying machine Skye can take virtually any shape and brings brands and products airborne. This allows us to create fun, interactive, and memorable experiences for everyone to enjoy. Skye is safe enough to operate above crowds!

Finalists
2016  Entrant
Fundraising + Other - Services

Facebook: I love food. Twitter: I just ate food. Instagram: Here’s a hipster picture of my food. YouTube: This is a video of me eating food. LinkedIn: My skills include eating food faster than anyone you could possibly hire. WESEE: I JUST DONATED TO FEED FOOD TO SEVEN HOMELESS PEOPLE. WeSEE is the first social impact social media site that bridges the gap between Nonprofits and Millennials by providing a platform that gives both sides what they need to help make the world a better place.

2016  Entrant
Poverty Alleviation

Roots Studio digitizes art from rural villages and transforms them into high-end and storied products, eliminating the burden of a costly supply chain. In 2 years, we have worked with hundreds of tribal artists across 4 states in India. Through our design hubs, we enable artwork to be uploaded and discovered by retail markets that appreciate culturally authentic designs. Our vision is to build a world in which artists can financially sustain their livelihoods while keeping their roots alive.

2016  Entrant
Food, Beverages & Restaurants

It is hard to grow greens on your own
We have engineered a way to grow SuperLEAN Organic freshest greens at home-kitchen-office for a healthier YOU
Eat-as-you-GO !!!

SuperLEAN Organic means Sustainability Chemical FREE SoiLESS-WaterLESS System

2016  Entrant
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

We are developing a drug discovery platform for protein-protein interaction (PPI) inhibitors. This new technology will enable us to identifying highly effective therapeutics for diseases with a high medical need. PPI play a central role in cancer, neurological indications and in many other indications. We want to demonstrate the abilities of the technology platform by identifying MYC inhibitors. Myc overexpression or gene amplification is involved in various cancers. For over a decade major phar

2016  Entrant
Internet & Web + Cybersecurity

We help online businesses mine gold from logs. We enable our customers debug and monitor their infrastructure and find issues before their customers. ZettaLogs is a fault-tolerant and highly scalable cloud based log management and analytics platform. It delivers an efficient tool for analyzing machine generated data, usually stored in unstructured text files, for application specific purposes. It features a powerful rule based correlation engine and a self-learning anomaly detection framework.

2016  Entrant
Other - Services

Securaxis is weather forecast for physical security and risk management.
Using predictive analytics to assess individualized threats, and with real time geo-localized mapping of risks, Securaxis allow people in volatile environment to make decisions being informed the best way possible.
Our ecosystem app/webplatform allows people to stay connected, assess risk, share security information, and use added features like alerts, panic button, headcount, geofencing, GPS to safe houses.

2016  Entrant
Enterprise Software

AIM measures non-financial performance by developing and evaluating quantitative KPIs in the organizations' 3 main areas: People, Processes and Technology. The combination of them defines the Global Performance Score of the company.
The performance management tools available on the market today are incomplete, often inflexible and complex to integrate. AIM adapts to your organization's structure and culture, and generates the intelligence needed to help managers take data driven decisions.

2016  Finalist
Internet of Things + Manufacturing

Are you part of the B2B industry and would you like to know the satisfaction of your customers at all touch points in real-time?
With Stuart you can!
We capture a 360° view of the service provided (empowering customers and employees) in order to correlate the captured information with your CRM, ERP, or eventually the data from your Industry4.0 initiative. Our aim is to provide you smart analytics to support your strategy decisions and to offer opportunities for best service certifications.

2016  Finalist
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

PRAGMA Therapeutics develops innovative and proprietary First-in-Class small molecule drugs specifically acting at the mGlu7 receptor for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and hearing loss.
PRAGMA externalizes its R&D operations to CROs and academic partners, advancing its asset to first-in-man by 2018. A major transaction with a pharmaceutical company, through a licensing deal or M&A, is expected post-Phase 2 human proof-of-concept.

2016  Finalist
Manufacturing + General

MOVER® enables furniture to by adjustable by push of a button. That way no matter age, height or physical condition - any one can cook, work and eat comfortably and safe. MOVER® come fully functional, including a fully functional safety system. MOVER® can be very easily integrated in any furniture manufacturers production and sales processes - no special technical knowledge necessary. MOVER® carries a payload of 1000kg. Design and choice of furniture material is not limited.

2016  Finalist
Internet of Things + Efficiency

Food processors worldwide struggle to maintain quality, yield and costs due to variation in inputs, plant health or operator skills. nimblr combines the power of IoT, sensors and predictive models to address these pains. We minimise process risks for customers by constantly adapting their plant operations to the gains in network knowledge. Processors get real-time feedback on key parameters. nimblr improves accuracy of the model through periodic validation and makes processing nimble.

2016  Finalist
Education + Education Technology

Isara is a Deaf-community platform that includes an open Sign Language (SL) learning app, remote SL interpreter service, and crowdsourced video subtitle making tool. Isara offers fair business model by liberating SL learning so that anyone can easily learn SL at no charge. In return, students with hearing capability can help producing video subtitles. Our vision is to shift the paradigm of SL from a mere communication tool for the disabled into a true language as a part of the human culture.

2016  Entrant
Education + Education Technology

Young and Brilliant aims to change the way that college-aged entrepreneurs network and get access to resources. This is done by developing a single platform in which students can create profiles, find other peers with diverse skill sets and backgrounds, construct partnerships, conduct beta testing, find/host internships, and interact with a diverse group of members. Y&B also provides useful resources like discounted legal services, website developers, pitch deck websites and much more.

2016  Entrant
Education + Materials

When was the last time you wanted to inspire someone with your ideas? Or had to make a really important presentation for school or work?

It takes a big amount of your time and money to make a professional presentation that will truly engage with your audience
We turn any document to a professional presenter-led presentation by using an easy to use augmented reality platform which creates a virtual studio in any location

Our revenue based on premium service to individuals and orginazations

2016  Entrant
Education Technology

An extrovert student or an introvert student who normally tend to be very active on electronic devices when it comes to interactive learning. Students prefers to study whenever he or she desires, Expects solutions for their doubts from experienced teachers, Indulge him/herself for group discussion with classmates about a unit level-topic, visits to online library for references and benchmark him/herself through assignments,tests and feedback for continuous improvement: An essence of Eduvikas.

2016  Entrant
Healthcare + Social Impact

130 million babies are born annually worldwide, 10% of them prematurely. For the baby and its family this is a trauma. While the medical world focuses successfully on survival of preemies, WeBe aims to improve the well being of the baby and its parents. Our products help ease the stress newborns experience after birth and prevent functional problems preemies develop. We uniquely address untreated issues faced by millions, with tremendously positive feedback from parents and professionals.

2016  Entrant
Cybersecurity

Vul9 is a cybersecurity startup specialising in Networks and System Safety, Payment Security, Infrastructure Defense and Data Protection. Our highly skilled team of experts and specialists have located breaches and remediated to vulnerabilities on major Fortune 500 Technology companies including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Cisco and Adobe. We offer a unique combination of Cybersecurity as a Service, Proprietary software, Training, Certification and Educational bootcamps focused on MENA.

2016  Entrant
Education + Education Technology

Funzi is a platform for learners and content authors alike which uses our patent pending "chunking" method to present, aggregate and organise content. This allows our platform to:
-Support an open publishing model where the creation of content offering to learners is at market related costs or free
-Change the paradigm of educational content consumption
-Organise authors into micro-enterprises with opportunities to create jobs.
-Create export opportunities of content for learners

2016  Entrant
Travel & Tourism

Vestigo strives to change the antiquated outdoor recreation industry by creating a centralized marketplace for micro adventures: unique, accessible experiences planned and hosted by a knowledgeable guide in a local setting. With a retention rate of over 40%, we've seen Vestigo help both travelers and locals facilitate a new lifestyle of enhanced fitness and personal well-being through guided outdoor recreation, a health impact focus aimed at fighting lifestyle diseases related to inactivity.

2016  Entrant
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

Vennti is the result of merging a marketplace and a social network. We filter the products or services that the users see based on wether he/she is connected to the seller, either directly or through a mutual friend.
This makes Vennti socially aware, leveraging on human relations as assurance thus avoiding the need for reviews.

2016  Entrant
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

Competitive advantages:
Ability to locate users on the map and chat with them in real time, while they are in the supermarket, restaurant, etc.
See most popular opinions (posts) about suppliers and products, using up/down voting system.
Find most relevant, popular and fresh data by filtering according to user's preferences. For example, by locations (near home, work, current location), categories of suppliers or products, age or sex of publishers.

2016  Entrant
Poverty Alleviation + Agriculture

Thrive is a network orchestrator that provides urban dwellers a solution for food, shelter, and economic stability. We enable any urban dwellers to become a for-profit plant growers by connecting existing channels for them. Planting is done in a nutrient rich foam-based growing media and no soil is needed so planting can be done anywhere. Our nutrient rich foam accelerates harvesting time by 35% and uses 95% less water than soil. The used foam can be re-purposed into hard building materials.

2016  Entrant
Education + Education Technology

Talk2 is a social e-learning platform which connects kids from all around the world that Talk2 each other to practice a language. On one side there is a learner that gets to practice a language in the most natural, fun and effective way, while on the other side there is a "teaching buddy" that gets to meet new kids & earn $5 per session.
We empower kids to have meaningful interactions in a real global environment and by that bridge politics & prejudice and make the world a friendlier place.

2016  Entrant
Internet & Web

StartupBlink is an interactive map that gathers and filters worldwide information about Startups and related entities such as Accelerators, Startup Organizations, Reporters and more. This vast amount of information, provides a powerful tool allowing startup entities to receive information and connect with each other based on their stated needs and interests. it also enables all startup related entities to provide fresh information by sharing news on the map (Blinking)

2016  Entrant
Education + Education

The mVocabulary is an (SMS) short message service feature that uses mobile phone to initiate
English learning process.

Every day of the week, we send a set of categorized word/ meaning and usage to the subscribers. Below is a typical example of mVocabulary:

WORD: Cannibalize
MEANING: Use as a source of spare parts for another
USAGE: Can we cannibalize my old laptop for repairs?

In partnership with the British council we are working on a curriculum design for the mVocabulary program.

2016  Entrant
Enterprise Software

Skillific is developing a headhunting robot to help employers efficiently recruit the best talent. We’re building a fully automated recruitment process with multi-source talent discovery and AI managed pre-selection.

2016  Entrant
Telecommunications & Mobile

The ShareRoute app maximizes the efficiency, flexibility, and responsiveness of professional and public bus and minibus fleets. It is an attractive alternative to private cars, a first and last mile solution for mass transit, adaptable to autonomous vehicles, and services transportation hubs at maximum capacity. ShareRoute creates an optimized, endless route, picking up and dropping off riders whose path will not cause more than 10 minutes deviation for any other rider.

2016  Entrant
Retail & Advertising Technology

An American adult spends around 2 years waiting in lines. This is unacceptable. Our software allows customers to walk into a retailer, grab an item, scan and pay right on their phone, eliminating long lines and annoying machines. Customers pay a service fee for each transaction. Also, there are so many ancillary benefits for the businesses. They can natively advertise on the app like amazon.com. They can also eliminate some of the cashiers and self checkout machines saving money and space.

2016  Entrant
Education + Other - Services

Public accessibility and rights of people with disabilities has significantly improved in western civilization. However, the public still views people with disabilities as different and impaired. SHAI Project was founded to alter the ways in which the public perceives and interacts with these individuals.
We aim to change attitudes toward people with disabilities by targeting early youth education that will ultimately foster smooth integration of individuals with disabilities into society.

2016  Entrant
Retail & Advertising Technology

This month, in this country alone, 530,000 new businesses will be started. By the end of this year, there will be nearly 6 and a half million. With new business comes new strategies. Setting up a website is only a tiny part of your online presence. Social media is one of the most influential marketing tools, but the problem is, there are so many services. Introducing, Savethatname, a one stop shop to research, activate, and protect your brand across every digital channel in a matter of minutes.