On 29 October 2018 the European Commission launched the Innovation Radar prize 2018. This initiative of the European Commission aims to celebrate high potential innovations – and the innovators behind them – that were developed in EU-funded research and innovation projects.
48 of the best innovators made the longlist for the prize and were competing in five categories. These SMEs, university teams, spinoffs and start-ups reflect the diversity of EU-funded research and innovation and come from every corner of Europe.
The first stage of the competition took place over the last 2 weeks when the public could vote on the Futurium website for the innovators and innovations on the longlist that impressed them the most. The polls closed this week and over 50.000 votes were cast by the public. The 20 innovators from the original 48 who secured the most votes in their category and who will now proceed to the Innovation Radar Prize final are:
The Innovation Radar Prize final takes place at the ICT 2018 event in Vienna on the afternoon of 5 December 2018. In Vienna the 20 finalists will get to pitch to a jury of investors and entrepreneurs their EU-supported innovation and their plans to get it 'out of the lab and into the market'.
The jury will decide on a winner in each of the 5 categories. One of these winners will also be awarded the overall 2018 Innovation Radar Prize. This overall winner will then be featured on a Euronews programme about their innovation and its market potential.
The winners will be announced on this website on 6 December 2018.