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Michiel Stol

April 24, 2018 in The Knight’s Hall

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Europe, in our search we have found dozens and dozens of fantastic innovative ideas that can positively impact our everyday lives. Really breath taking. We proudly present the twelve ideas that Europe has chosen in the past month.

The innovators will climb up the stage during the finals of IFE on April 24 to tell us all more about the impact their innovations may bring to the society. And we also would like to invite all of you to help freeing up the road for these innovations. From 12.30 CET to 16.30 CET Ideas from Europe brings you innovative ideas, inspiring keynote speeches and a great show.

Become inspired by European innovators with solutions to our global challenges.
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A dream has come true…

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Hugo Mercier from Rythm’s DREEM has been voted as the twelfth speaker for Ideas from Europe!

Ten of thousands of votes were casted the last two months, in order to find the twelfth speaker that will take the Ideas from Europe stage on April 24 in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague.

It was a real tough battle, certainly in the last two weeks, with a true sprint the last days. So a big applause to all of our candidates who really fought with great energy and effort and were able to get the public mobilised to support you!! Nicely done, thumbs up!

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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.
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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.

On 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 from then it is up to you! You will have the chance 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 also 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.