The European Commission has awarded prizes to Europe’s most promising innovations emerging from EU funded research and innovation projects. Wrocław University of Science and Technology from Poland won the 2020 Innovation Radar Prize for their leadership role in developing Magneto-plasmonic nanomedicine multimodality of image-guided breast cancer therapy (more details here). This year’s prize scheme took place in partnership with who provided support to the finalists in refining their pitch and go to market strategies.

Winners were also announced in each of the three following categories:

The prize for Tech for Society, which recognises technologies impacting society and citizens, was awarded to the German SME Hydrogenious, for how they help reduce Greenhouse gas emissions by providing a technology and logistics for hydrogen supply in Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (more info).

The prize for Innovative Science, which recognizes cutting-edge science underpinning tomorrow’s technological advances, was awarded to the Spanish startup Appentra  for their  new innovative approach to software parallelization. Their innovation uses static code analysis to reduce parallel software development costs and speed up the parallel software runtime (more info).

The prize for Women-led innovations, which recognises dynamic women developing and leading great innovations with EU-funding, was awarded to SDS Optic from Poland, which creates a disruptive opto-biological platform technology for personalized targeted Point-of-Care in vivo cancer biomarker diagnosis (more info).

The finals of this year’s prize saw a jury of 3 highly knowledgeable venture capital professionals decide the winners on the basis of a 3-minute pitch delivered by each of the innovators during a special online pitching session.

As team we would like to thank the Innovation Radar for providing us with this exciting opportunity to host this year’s Innovation Radar Prize Award. We strongly believe that the event allowed for the recognition of the best European innovations and were proud to be a part of it.

About the Innovation Radar Prize

The Innovation Radar is a European Commission initiative, which identifies high-potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects. 12 of the best EU-funded innovators were identified to compete in three categories for the Innovation Radar Prize 2020 (more info). These SMEs, university teams, spinoffs and start-ups reflect the diversity of EU-funded research and innovation and come from every corner of Europe.