EIT Awards Winners


Project name: Leaftech ​​​​​

Website: leaftech.eu

Nominated by: EIT Climate-KIC 

Project aim: Leaftech improves the well-being and anticipates the needs of people in indoor environments. Its digital building twin predicts upcoming energy and comfort demands to upgrade building automation and smart home systems. 

EIT connection: EIT Climate-KIC


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Project name: Diabeloop - D4Kids

Website: diabeloop.com

Nominated by: EIT Health

Project aim: Diabeloop D4Kids is an automated type 1 diabetes management solution to help children with diabetes live life to the fullest, while making it easier for their families and carers to manage the disease. 

EIT connection: EIT Health


Project name: CorPower Ocean

Website: corpowerocean.com

Nominated by: EIT InnoEnergy

Project aim: Developing the first-of-a-kind full scale Wave Energy Converters (WEC) and electrical collection systems, leading the wave energy converter technology.

EIT connection: EIT InnoEnergy


Project name: Rigger - Trigger Systems

Website: trigger.systems

Nominated by: EIT InnoEnergy

Project aim: Reducing the environmental impact of irrigation and agricultural activities in Europe by tackling the excessive use of water in irrigation with control systems that uses calculation models, based on weather forecasts and plant conditions.  

EIT connection: EIT InnoEnergy


Project name: Zeleros

Website: zeleros.com

Nominated by: EIT Climate-KIC ​​​​

Project aim: Designing and developing new technologies for a more sustainable and efficient transportation of people and cargo worldwide. The hyperloop-inspired system combines the speed of a plane, the convenience of a train and the frequency of an underground system, making long distance journeys faster, more energy-efficient and direct-emissions free. 

EIT connection: EIT Climate-KIC


Project name:FlexiDao

Website: flexidao.com

Nominated by: EIT InnoEnergy

Key words: prosumers, blockchain for the electricity market

Project aim: Harnessing the power of blockchain to revolutionise how energy generation and consumption data is exchanged, controlled and secured, to enable energy retailers to offer digitised, smart, green energy services. 

EIT connection: EIT InnoEnergy MSc Energy for Smart Cities


Project name: Alzheimer's Disease Prediction Service (ADPS)

Website: altoida.com

Nominated by: EIT Health

Key words: alzheimer's disease prediction, cognitive test

Project aim: To make brain health measurable and actionable and detect Alzheimer's disease at an early stage. 

EIT connection: EIT Health Innovation Project


Project name: FibriCheck

Website: fibricheck.com

Nominated by: EIT Health

Key words: atrial fibrillation, heart rhythm, remote monitoring, stroke prevention

Project aim: To bring certified digital health solutions to everyday practice by offering user-friendly, high quality and proven mobile applications at a low cost. 

EIT connection: EIT Health Head Start and EIT Health Scale-Up


Project name: Tellspec

Website: tellspec.com

Nominated by: EIT Food

Key words: portable rapid sensor for food analysis, food fraud detection, food quality control

Project aim: To detect fish fraud in less than a minute through a portable system able to reliably measure fish composition. 

EIT connection: EIT Food RisingFoodStars


Project name: Peptomyc 

Website: peptomyc.com

Nominated by: EIT Health

Key words: cancer therapy, innovative cancer treatment, inhibitors

Project aim: Providing cancer patients with more effective and less toxic treatment.

EIT connection: Prize winner at EIT Health Summit 2016


 Florence Gschwend
Project name: BioFlex - Chrysalix Technologies

Website: chrysalixtechnologies.com/

Nominated for: 2017 EIT CHANGE Award

Nominated by: EIT Climate-KIC

Key words: Wood, bio refinery, circular economy

Project aim: To use any type of woody material to produce the chemicals, materials and fuels of a cleaner tomorrow

EIT Community connection: EIT Climate-KIC Summer School



 Hans Constandt
Project name: Ontoforce

Website: ontoforce.com/

Nominated for: 2017 EIT Venture Award

Nominated by: EIT Health

Key words: Business intelligence, health, big data

Project aim: To heal patients with smarter data and have a global impact on bringing drugs to market faster

EIT Community connection: EIT Health, EIT Go Global



 Martin Steinberg
Project name: Stockholm3 Test (STHLM3)

Website: sthlm3.se

Nominated for: 2017 EIT Innovators Award

Nominated by: EIT Health

Key words: Detection, diagnostics, prostate cancer

Project aim: To predict the risk of aggressive prostate cancer by analysing five protein markers, more than 100 genetic markers, and clinical data

EIT Community connection: EIT Health



 Carsten Mahrenholz

Website: oldplasmatech.de

Nominated for: 2017 EIT Venture Award

Nominated by: EIT Health

Key words: Plasma medicine, chronic wound therapy, bacteria

Project aim: To pioneer the next step in modern medicine, treat chronic wound patients, and kill multi-resistant bacteria

EIT Community connection: EIT Health Germany, winner of the Business Plan Accelerator "Best of the Best" 2016, and winner of the Public Award in Barcelona



Name: Allen Mohammadi
Project name: Complex Disease Detector (CDD)
Website: hippogriff.launchrock.com

Nominated for: 2016 EIT CHANGE Award
Nominated by: KIC InnoEnergy

Key words: Heart screening tool
Project aim: To create a movement to transform public health by helping individuals become aware of, and involved in, their own health
EIT connection: KIC InnoEnergy Master’s School ENTECH programme (KIT and Uppsala University, 2013-2015)



Name: Florian Schneider
Project name: Nerdalize
Website: nerdalize.cloud

Nominated for: 2016 EIT Venture Award
Nominated by: Climate-KIC

Key words: Affordable heating, cloud computing, sustainable technology
Project aim: To create a world where heating is free and sustainable computing power is an affordable commodity
EIT connection: Part of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme at the Dutch Co-location Centre



Name: Norbert Kuipers
Project name: WE4CC-II –  (Water and Energy for Climate Change)
Website: we4cc.eu

Nominated for: 2016 EIT Innovators Award
Nominated by: Climate-KIC

Key words: Water and indoor air, waste heat and solar heat, distillation and absorption
Project aim: We use membrane distillation and desiccant recovery systems to turn low-grade waste heat or renewable solar PVT heat into high-quality water and indoor air
EIT connection: Climate-KIC helped us by bringing partners from different disciplines together, with funding, and with different dissemination and education activities such as introductions within the community


2015 CHANGE Award Winner

Name: Govinda Upadhyay
Project name: LEDsafari
Website: www.ledsafari.com

Nominated for: EIT CHANGE Award 2015
Nominated by: KIC InnoEnergy

Key words: Low cost, do-it-yourself, solar LED lamp
Project aim: To empower people in developing countries to make their own solar rechargeable lamps, using locally available material to promote sustainability and health, develop skills and gain jobs
EIT connection: KIC InnoEnergy SELECT Master programme – graduated in 2012


"Then no-one can stop you" - Interview with Govinda Upadhyay

2015 Venture Award Winner

Name: Regnar Paaske
Project name: Nordic Power Converters
Website: www.nopoc.com

Nominated for: EIT Venture Award 2015
Nominated by: Climate-KIC

Key words: Small, long-lasting power converters
Project aim: To become the new standard for electric power converters for LED, chargers and other applications
EIT connection: Supported at Climate-KIC’s Nordic Co-location Centre through the Accelerator programme and runner-up in the Climate-KIC Venture Competition 2014


2015 Innovators Award Winner

Name: Rajai Aghabi
Project name: Neptune
Website: Neptune

Nominated for: EIT Innovators Award 2015
Nominated by: KIC InnoEnergy

Key words: Affordable wind energy
Project aim: To develop a cost-effective, accurate and reliable offshore wind measuring system
EIT connection: KIC InnoEnergy Iberia Barcelona


2013 CH.A.N.G.E Award Winner

Name: Kate Hofman
Project name: GrowUp
Website: www.growup.org.uk

Nominated for: EIT CH.A.N.G.E Award 2013
Nominated by: Climate-KIC

Key words: Sustainable urban farming
Project aim: To demonstrate a sustainable, commercial model for urban agriculture through vertical growing and aquaponics
EIT connection: Climate-KIC Contextual Learning Journey student and EIT Foundation Young Leader Programme


To learn more about Kate, check out her full profile and watch the complete interview.

2013 CH.A.N.G.E Award Winner

Name: Dorottya Maksay
Project name: Homebuddy

Nominated for: EIT CH.A.N.G.E Award 2013
Nominated by: EIT ICT Labs

Key words: Connecting generations
Project aim: To develop Homebuddy into a sustainable social enterprise
EIT connection: EIT ICT Labs Master School student (2012 onwards)


To learn more about Dorottya, check out her full profile and watch the complete interview.

2013 CH.A.N.G.E Award Winner

Name: Eduardo Appleyard
Project name: Solar Lighting for Africa
Website: Project for www.solar-aid.org

Nominated for: EIT CH.A.N.G.E Award 2013
Nominated by: KIC InnoEnergy

Key words: Focus, empower and grow!
Project aim: To develop a solution to help SolarAid, an international charity specialising in clean, affordable solar product distribution in Africa, to sell one million lights through its social enterprise
EIT connection: KIC InnoEnergy Master School – SELECT Programme student (2010-12)


To learn more about Eduardo, check out his full profile and watch the complete interview.

2013 Venture Award Winner

Name: Dominik Peus
Project name: Biowaste to Biocoal
Website: www.antaco.co.uk

Nominated for: EIT Venture Award 2013
Nominated by: Climate-KIC

Key words: Carbon neutral coal
Project aim: To make our biomass conversion green energy technology available on a global scale
EIT connection: Winner of the Climate-KIC UK 2012 Venture Competition


2013 Venture Award Winner

Name: David Tacconi
Project name: CoRehab (main product: Riablo)
Website: www.corehab.it

Nominated for: EIT Venture Award 2013
Nominated by: EIT ICT Labs

Key words: Enjoy, control, rehabilitation
Project aim: To increase the international sales of Riablo, an innovative rehabilitation product
EIT connection: EIT ICT Labs support at their Node in Trento


To learn more about David, check out his full profile and watch the complete interview.

2013 Venture Award Winner

Name: Lionel Chaverot
Project name: Enerstone
Website: www.enerstone.fr

Nominated for: EIT Venture Award 2013
Nominated by: KIC InnoEnergy

Key words: The future of rechargeable batteries
Project aim: To help battery manufacturers prolong battery lifespan and reduce the environmental impact of their products
EIT connection: KIC InnoEnergy Highway® supported venture


To learn more about Lionel, check out his full profile and watch the complete interview.

2012 Climate-KIC Winner:

One man's journey produced Naked Energy

For a career path, Christophe Williams has not made the obvious choices. He started at St. Martin's art college in London, and went on to be a creative executive in the ad world. But then he went solar, founding Naked Energy, a renewable energy company. And now his company has been nominated as a finalist in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology's (EIT) entrepreneurship awards.

Williams is the first to say he has an artistic, not technological, background. Nonetheless, engineering isn't entirely foreign to him: his grandfather designed a renewable energy system in the 1960s and his father was a mechanical and aeronautical engineer. "It must have rubbed off on me," said Williams, whose own past projects have included working with the government on its global climate-change advertising campaign, 'Act on CO2'.


2012 EIT ICT Labs Winner:

Germany's Trifense fights the unknown cyber-threats

Protecting a company or organisation against known cyber-security threats is one thing; protecting them against unknown cyber-threats is quite another. But that is exactly the goal of Trifense, a Technical University of Berlin spin-out named as an EIT ICT Labs finalist for the EIT Awards.

"It is crucial for governments, operators of critical infrastructures such as utilities, and companies in all sorts of sectors from financial services to healthcare to be able to detect such risks and protect themselves against them," said Trifense Managing Director and Co-founder Patrick Duessel. "A modern society can be vulnerable to pretty huge threats. Our technology can address this appropriately."

2012 KIC InnoEnergy Winner:

Think CO2 wants to build your ideal 21st century home

Rosa Vilarasau was approaching her 40th birthday when she decided she had had enough of working for a Spanish confectionary company. "If I'm going to do something on my own, it has to be now," she recalls thinking to herself.

So she contacted a university friend, Pol Guiu, and they started throwing venture ideas around. They finally hit on one that chimed with them both: designing the perfect 21st century house. What's that? In their view, it's a sustainable, mobile home. "You evolve as a person, but your home doesn't evolve with you," Vilarasau said, explaining how they wanted to free the home from the land and allow it to adapt to its owners' new job in a new city or a new addition to the family. "Technology allows this solution to be possible," said Vilarasau, who with Guiu founded the company Think CO2 in December 2009.

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