The ceremony in Budapest, held as part of the Institute’s annual InnovEIT forum, saw the content’s leading entrepreneurs recognised for their work in sectors including energy, health and food.
“Through the EIT, the EU has invested in entrepreneurs all over Europe, building a unique network, helping to create an entrepreneurial culture and providing critical support as ventures expand globally. The EIT Awards are a celebration of this, and the nominees and winners ambassadors of Europe’s innovative talent – my congratulations to them all,” said Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the EIT.
Italy’s Simone Accornero picked up the CHANGE award, and €20,000. The founder of FlexiDAO, a software business building transparent and reliable energy data systems, has been supported on his journey by EIT InnoEnergy. The EIT Innovators Award, and €50,000, went to Ioannis Tamanas, from Greece, for his success in leading a team, backed by EIT Health, that has developed an Alzheimer’s Disease Prediction Service (ADPS), to predict risk in those over 50. Bieke Van Gorp, from Belgium, walked away with the EIT Venture Award, and €50,000, for a mobile app pioneered by FibriCheck, which he co-founded, which detects atrial fibrillation and prompts preventive action; this was also facilitated by EIT Health. The EIT Woman Award, and €20,000, was presented to Isabel Hoffmann, CEO of Tellspec, a company that has developed a portable sensor to gauge the quality of fish, with the help of EIT Food. While Laura Soucek won the EIT Public Award, voted for by the public, for the strides her company, Peptomyc S.L., has made in offering ‘a peptide-based solution that can serve as a new treatment option for cancer patients’ with the support of EIT Health.