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EIT Digital, a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation, has just awarded the best 10 deep-tech scale-ups from across the continent. Carefully selected from 279 applications from 33 countries, the winners represent five general categories: Digital Industry, Digital Tech, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Cities, and Digital Finance. The record number of applications received for the competition this year represents a 40 percent increase compared to 2018.
“This is not your usual competition where just the winners count,” said Chahab Nastar, chief innovation officer at EIT Digital. “The 25 finalists have been carefully selected; they are all winners in the sense that they all have evidence of growth potential. The juries saw tremendous qualities in the 10 companies that came on top. We now welcome them into the EIT Digital Accelerator and will give them dedicated pan European support for customer acquisition and fundraising. We want them to become large dominant companies in their respective markets.”
The 25 finalists will now enter the EIT Digital Accelerator, a tailor-made support programme that helps startups and scale-ups secure international customers, raise Series A and B funding, and grow internationally. In addition to that, the first place in each category has received a €50,000 cash prize.
Without further ado, here are the winners of this year's EIT Digital Challenge.
- First place: Oculavis (DE) — Remote Service Platform with customizable service apps, AR and AI applications
- Second place: Wonderflow (NL) — Helps brands extract actionable insights from customer feedback
- First place: R3 (DE) — High-performance wireless technology for mission-critical industrial applications
- Second place: QuoScient (DE) — Fully automated cybersecurity platform to manage operative processes
- First place: CERBAIR (FR) — Drone detection and neutralisation via radio frequency
- Second place: LORIOT (CH) — Secure and scalable long-range infrastructure provider for IoT
- First place: Zelros (FR) — AI and Machine Learning technology, helping insurances increase sales efficiency
- Second place: Minna Technologies (SE) — Subscription management platform for retail banks
- First place: Mecuris (DE) — Platform for customizable and 3D-printed prosthetics and orthotics
- Second place: SidekickHealth (IS)- Digital therapeutics platform to prevent and manage chronic diseases
“I know I speak for everyone at team Sidekick, saying that we are proud to join the ranks of leading digital innovators in Europe, and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to be able to tap into the vast experience and knowledge associated with the EIT Digital Accelerator network,” said Tryggvi Thorgeirsson, CEO and co-founder of SideKick Health. “We are rapidly expanding our platform in alliance with leading pharmaceutical firms in Europe, empowering patients suffering from a variety of chronic illnesses to take control of their health.”