The winner, announced at ICT 2015 in Lisbon by Roberto Viola, Director General of DG Connect, is Broadbit, a Slovak research oriented SME. The company has developed within the Mobility2.0 project a new type of battery powered by sodium (which is easily collected from seawater), which cut costs by half. Broadbit will be featured in a special edition of Euronews "Focus" programme, to be broadcasted in the coming weeks.
The runner up of the prize was Verified Systems, a spin-off of the University of Bremen (Germany) which has developed an innovation that aims to eliminate software bugs, in the context of the COMPASS project.
About the Innovation Radar Prize
The first Innovation Radar Prize, established to give recognition to high potential innovators who, within EU funded projects, developed innovations with considerable market potential, was awarded during ICT 2015. Fourteen innovators from around Europe were shortlisted for the prize. Their innovations cover a wide range of markets from language technologies to data management to green IT solutions to intelligent textiles.
The award of the Innovation Radar Prize was chosen following:
- a public vote on the Euronews website that was open until 19 October 2015;
- votes from delegates attending ICT 2015;
- a panel of 3 judges who assessed the innovators on the basis of a 3 minute pitch they delivered at a special pitching session at ICT 2015.
The judging panel was compased by:
• Candace Johnson, President, European Business Angel Network,
• Karen Boers, Founder, Founder, Startup Belgium
• Stavriana Kofteros, Special Entrepreneurship Adviser, Cyprus Government.
The students participating at ICT 2015 also recorded short interviews of all the innovators who introduced their company and innovation.
Baground information about the Innovation Radar "Scan, Support, Sell" activities is available here.