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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.

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.

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.

QTrobot helps children with Autism

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Autism affects 1 in every 68 children, and millions of their families with huge social and economic burdens. Often, children with Autism have high interest in technology. Dr. Aida Nazarikhorram, Medical doctor and co-founder of LuxAI has found an innovative way to help families and children with Autism. With QTrobot, an interactive humanoid robot.

QTrobot is an exceptional therapeutic aid that benefits children with Autism. It is an engaging and interactive humanoid robot, which can attract the children’s attention to teach them new life skills. The QTrobot can take different roles, depending on the needs of children, their therapists and the content of the lessons. It can be an educational tool or actively play a role of a tutor or an educational play partner.

The cute robot has an expressive face, capable of showing various facial expressions and emotions, and that versatile face facilitates the process of teaching emotions to children with autism. Having a humanoid body enables QTrobot not only to teach facial expressions and emotions, but also to teach body language to children with autism.

Dr. Aida Nazarikhorram and QTrobot will represent Luxemburg during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn and tell their story on stage. Want to see QTrobot’s story and all the other innovative solutions that will take on global challenges? Watch the live stream on November 22.

Using innovative solutions for beekeeping

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Bees are important to the world. As half of the estimated 81 million beehives around the world loose there colonies each year, innovative solutions to help keep the beehives intact are necessary. Fiona Edwards Murphy, founder of ApisProtect from Cork, Ireland has found those solutions.

ApisProtect uses the internet of things (IoT) and big data to help beekeepers reduce losses and increase productivity in hives. With sensors, machine learning and old-fashioned beekeeping knowledge, ApisProtect helps beekeepers to identify hive problems, diseases and pests.

ApisProtect is inspired by research from academia and Fiona Edwards Murphy has sone her doctoral research into the application of sensors and networking in honey bee hives. Now ApisProtect moves to use the technology in beehives into the commercial sphere, to provide insight for beekeepers to prevent losses and increase productivity.

Fiona Edwards Murphy will represent Ireland during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe on November 22 in Tallinn. There she will try to convince the jury to send her to the Knight’s Hall in The Hague in April 2018.

The Internet of Crops

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Today, after leaving the field, 17% of the world’s food products spoil during storage and transit – a loss that affects families all over the planet, especially in developing countries. The Greek company Centaur has found a way to monitor the world’s harvests to prevent loss and keep what comes to your table free from pests, mold, and excessive chemical use.

Monitoring and analysing crop data is a start, but the real power lies in using it. The software of Centaur will suggest effective treatments to imminent and current crop threats using Cognitive Pest Management tools. Sensors transmit in real-time from any storage container with no required infrastructure.

Sotiris Bantas, CEO of Centaur, creates innovative technology that makes food production safer and ultimately more democratic – proof that creative solutions can help crack tough humanitarian problems. He will represent Centaur and Greece at the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn this November.

Be sure to watch Centaur’s pitch and all the others on the live stream!

Rythm’s Dreem enhances our sleep to enhance our performance

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We spend a third of our lives sleeping, yet most people still know relatively little about sleep and its implications for our bodies. With their breakthrough wearable technology that improves deep sleep quality, Hugo Mercier, CEO of Rythm not only studies our sleep behaviour but actively enhance our deep sleep, which improves both cognitive and physical performance throughout the day. Rythm is France’s speaker at Ideas from Europe.

By actively influencing user behaviour, the device goes beyond typical wearables that only monitor and report physical activity, making it the world’s first active wearable. When sleepers exhibit brain activity indicating they are in deep sleep, the headband stimulates sound to enhance the quality of deep sleep. Rythm’s Dreem brings numerous sensors including electroencephalogram (EEG) to monitor and analyze brain electrical activity in real time.

“The brain is the most complex system known today, and within that field of study, sleep is a new domain that presents a variety of complex problems and solutions,” said Hugo Mercier, CEO & Co-founder at Rythm.

Hugo Mercier will represent France at the Ideas from Europe semi-finals in Tallinn this November. He will try to convince the jury of the importance of his innovative idea and why Rythm should be on the Ideas from Europe stage in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague in April 2018.