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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.

Wildcard

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 http://ideasfrom.eu/vote 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.

Program

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.

Speakers

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.

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!