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Ten, plus one, Ideas from Europe finalists

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Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden are going to the finals of Ideas from Europe on April 24, 2018 in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague, the Netherlands. The jury found these ideas the most innovative and believe these will have the most impact on our society.

The winners

This is what the jury, Kaupo Reede, Kristin Schreiber, Ulrike Rabmer Kollen and Cees Vermaas had to say about the ideas:

  1. Julien Penders of Bloomlife (Belgium): “If you are a mother the solution of Bloomlife will give you a piece of mind.”
  2. Klaus B. Pederson of Too Good to Go (Denmark): “A practical solution to the second hand market of food.”
  3. Steffen Preuss of Ichò (Germany): “This solution is acknowledging the tremendous problem of dementia and a practical device that brings relief.”
  4. Fiona Edwards Murphy of ApisProtect (Ireland): “We need bees to make sure our food supply will last. This solution will help the bee population.”
  5. Aida Nazarikhorram of LuxAI (Luxemburg): “There is a big potential in technology that lets children interact more easily with robots.”
  6. Mark Offerhaus of Micreos (the Netherlands): “This solution is potentially so ground breaking as an alternative for antibiotics.”
  7. Artur Racicki of SEEDia (Poland): “The combination of something practical and modern that will help both us and the environment.”
  8. Francisco Duarte of PavNext (Portugal): “The combination of safety and energy producing has a great potential.”
  9. Mervi Pänkäläinen of Mightifier (Finland): “This really brings a change to behaviour and help children against bullying.”

Because Speak Up of Sweden has the same ability as Mightifier, but only with a different target group, the jury felt that both Finland and Sweden should share the stage in The Hague.

And there is even more. Because the jury also thought that the project of Stefan Steinberger, Refugee{code} was of such importance in helping in the refugee crisis, they felt it deserved a special mention. And therefore he will also go to The Hague, to join the other finalists.


From November 23 on, the broad public in Europe and elsewhere in the world will have the change to choose a tenth finalist with a wildcard. They can vote online via for one of the other nineteen solutions that weren’t chosen by the jury.

The innovator with the most votes will also go to the finals in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague, The Netherlands on April 24, 2018.


It’s a Wrap!

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That’s it! Today we have heard 28 innovative ideas to make our lives better.

From tackling food wastage, using innovative technology to diagnose health problems, cures for the common cold and antibiotics resistance, smart uses of renewable energy, diminishing CO2 emissions, to programmes for children with Autism, those who are bullied and for refugees; entrepreneurs have come up with innovative solutions to the global challenges that we face each day. The Ideas from Europe-competition puts a spotlight both on the entrepreneurs and their ideas to help them grow their business and make an even bigger impact.

Thursday we will know which nine ideas will go through to the finals of Ideas from Europe in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague in the Netherlands.

And that it is up to you! From then you will have the change to send one of the nineteen ideas that weren’t chosen by the jury, to The Hague.


European ideas that will change the world

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Next week, on November 22, entrepreneurs from all around Europe will present their ideas to change the world for the better. 28 innovators from across the European member states will compete in the semi-finals of ‘Ideas from Europe’ in Tallinn and share their solutions to global challenges.

From tackling food waste, using innovative technology to diagnose health problems, cures for the common cold and antibiotic resistance, smart uses of renewable energy, diminishing CO2 emissions, programs for children with Autism, anti-bullying initiatives and refugee support systems; these entrepreneurs have come up with innovative solutions to daily global challenges. This competition puts a spotlight both on the entrepreneurs and their ideas to help them grow their business and make a bigger impact.

The semi-finals

Each European member state will be sending an innovative entrepreneur with a ground breaking business idea as their representative. The 28 innovators will deliver a three minute pitch in front of a renowned jury to compete for one of ten places in the final. The jury, as well as the audience, will choose nine ideas to be showcased during the finals in The Hague in April 2018.  The tenth finalist is down to you, by voting online for the final solution.


The semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn will start on November 22 at 16.00 UTC (GMT+2). The whole program will be broadcast via a live stream. On November 23, at 09.00 UTC, the jury will announce the nine best ideas and the start of the online public voting will open! The live stream can be viewed via the website.


Do you want to know more about the entrepreneurs and their ideas? Have a look at the list of all 28 semi-finalists, to get familiar with their pitches and know for whom you wish to vote.  Public voting for the tenth finalist will be open from November 23 until January 2018.

A way to cure the common cold

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It is still one of the most common diseases in the world; the common cold. We spend nearly five years of our lives coughing and having clogged noses. Most remedies are only mitigating the symptoms of the disease. But Panoxyvir from Italy has found a revolutionary way to really cure the disease.

“Our spray is based on oxy-teroles, molecules produced by our body that have the ability to modify cell membrane composition,” says Lembo. “Their action, in short, is directed toward our cells, which makes it very unlikely to develop cold-strain virus strains that can withstand the drug,” said General Pathologist Guiseppe Poli, managing director of Panoxyvir.

The spray could become the first drug to cure colds and prevent the onset of symptoms and the transmission of the disease. So no more handkerchiefs in your pockets.

Guiseppe Poli will be on stage to explain the workings of Panoxyvir during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn on November 22.

Matchmaking for semi-finalists at the SME Assembly

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Our candidates will not only be the headliners during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe, there is a lot more for them during the SME Assembly in Tallinn. On November 24, there will be a matchmaking event that can help our semi-finalists come in contact with potential investors.

After a panel discussion with experts on how to make a perfect venture capital pitch, the candidates will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a selected group of high-level investors in a small matchmaking session. In order to maximise the opportunities for the attending SMEs, each participant will have the opportunity to meet at least three investors.

This matchmaking event, also once described as “the Tinder for investments”, by European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, is presented by the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP), an online matchmaking platform hosted by the European Commission. It can be attended by all the semi-finalists of Ideas from Europe.

Want to know more about the program and how you can attend? Just follow this link. We hope to see you there!

Faster diagnoses with simplified techniques

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People working at heights need to have perfect balance. To diagnose problems with balance, Ear-Nose-Throat-doctors (ENT-doctors) need to comb through vast amounts of data to come the right conclusion. If it is up to ENTy from Romania, that will change rapidly.

Currently, ENT doctors must use a large diagnosis device that produces mainly visual information. ENTy aims to empower Ear-Nose-Throat-doctors to issue data-based assessments and proposes a radical simplification of the equipment needed to diagnose balance through Ear-Nose-Throat consultations for people working at great heights.

“Our solution consists in a lighter, portable, lower cost device that generates numerical indicators, easy to interpret. It will be developed in collaboration with ENT doctors, allowing fine-tuning and calibration in order to maximize its relevance for present-day medical professionals,” saiys Flavia Oprea, founder of ENTy.

At the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe, she will present ENTy’s new technology and represent Romania on November 22 in Tallinn.

Taking on surplus waste and helping vulnerable groups

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More than 20 percent of harvest every year gets rotten and unused. Millions of tonnes of good food are wasted. Violeta Masteikienė of GMM Projektai has created an easy to use food sharing platform and an innovative line of products that are produced by using harvest surplus and including socially vulnerable groups into the process.

One of the spearhead projects of Violeta and GMM Prjektai was the ‘Friends Jam initiative’. Friends Jam is an organization that connects big families with gardeners or arboretum owners. They all together collect excessive harvest – berries and fruits – either using it for big families needs and saving a family budget for a food either make tasty jams and sell it to make extra money.

These activities not only build new communities, they also save excessive harvest from rotting on the ground and provides some additional skills and knowledge about managing personal finances, family businesses, entrepreneurship. And, of course, together with Friends Jam’s brand-building activities they are raising awareness about food wasting.

 “I feel the responsibility to represent Lithuanian social business in Europe and a great desire. This will require a lot of work, and one field is not a warrior, so the first job is to team up,” Violeta said after she was chosen to represent Lithuania at the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn on November 22. Want to hear more about her platform? Tune in to the live stream on November 22 and listen to Violeta’s ideas to better social business.

Making electric mobility understandable

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Electric mobility is the future. That is why eCars from Bulgaria not only works on making sure the Electronic Vehicles (EV) get the best power units to charge them, eCars als wants everybody to understand the importance of electric mobility.

“We make electric mobility easy to understand, desirable and accessible,” says Mark Marinov of eCars, Mark is keen on green and a tech savvy serial entrepreneur and business developer. ”We have the largest online media for electric mobility in Bulgaria, were we produce our own TV-series and manage an EV charging mapping network across the country.”

eCars also created a workshop for students to get more involved with electric mobility. The goal of the Electric Mobility for Isperih – project is to inform them about the news transportation technologies, how electric vehicles help save the environment, cultural heritage and people’s health in the community.

Mark will tell all about eCars and the projects they have done to promote electric mobility during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn on November 22. He will be the representative for Bulgaria. If you want to watch his talk and that of the other speakers, be sure to tune in to the live stream on November 22.

Warm and fresh air with solar energy

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Air is one of the most important components of our health, and it has to be of high quality. Since people spend 70% of their time indoors, indoor climate and fresh air inside are one of the main factors of a building. SolNavitas from Estonia has the solution to provide fresh air indoors, using renewable energy.

They have created a smart ventilation system that offers a better interior climate for the house at no additional cost. This is an autonomous supplemental heating and ventilation unit that operates with a solar exterior. It absorbs solar thermal energy through sheet metal and uses sunlight to produce electricity that powers ventilator fans and the remote control. In sunny weather, the panel absorbs the sun’s thermal radiation and starts to supply heated and filtered outdoor air into the building through a built-in 12 V ventilator fan.

“We can make our customers happy, preserve the environment and change the way the society thinks. We are also raising awareness among people about green energy,” says Margus Kullerkup of SolNavitas.

He will represent SolNavitas and Estonia during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn on November 22. Watch his pitch and those of the other candidates via our live stream.

Using stem cells from plants to create ingredients

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Plants are a vital resource. They are used for food, industrial and medicinal purposes. However, despite their importance and wide applications, access to many of them is still limited. Alternative Plants from Latvia develops plant stem cell cultures for sustainable production of botanical ingredients.

Plant stem cell technology makes inaccessible ingredients from rare medicinal plants accessible. It powers Alternative Plants to turn inconsistency into invariable quality, excluding seasonality risks, and it all without harming nature. “Our technology is easy to scale and highly sustainable – we do not exploit land and there is minimal use of energy and water,” says Anna Ramata-Stunda, co-founder and CEO of Alternative Plants.

“With the botanical ingredients that we produce, we are first targeting cosmetic active ingredients market. Our ingredients undergo scrupulous chemical and biological characterisation, which allows us to provide our clients not only new rock star ingredients, but also regulations compatible ready-to-use efficacy data.”

Anna and Alternative Plants were chosen by the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia in cooperation with the Latvian investment and development agency to be their candidate for the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallin on November 22. Watch their pitch live via the live stream.