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Diamond Winners
2016 Diamond Winner
Internet of Things + Efficiency

GasZen is the first gas management platform focusing on the household market. Taking advantage on the Internet of Things and the New Legislation in Mexico; our team has developed a platform that connects the missing piece for most gas suppliers and distributors - the domestic and comercial stationary tank - through our device. Furthermore, the platform allows a communication tool between the end user and gas supplier to get an efficient, transparent and reliable service.

2015 Diamond Winner
Efficiency + Efficiency

For the long-haul trucking market which faces large diesel costs, Hyliion is developing an add-on hybrid system for tractor trailers that will reduce their total fuel consumption by 30%, with an ROI of less than one year. In addition, it will improve the driver’s quality of life as well as reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. We strive to offer a high quality solution that will lead the industry towards a more efficient and safe means of transporting goods.

2014 Diamond Winner
Poverty Alleviation + Efficiency

200 million people across India and Bangladesh suffer from arsenic and fluoride poisoning due to contaminated drinking water. Drinkwell transforms this $2.3B market into economic opportunity by blending novel water filtration with a franchise business model to provide 20L jugs of water daily to customers for a low monthly fee. Compared to reverse osmosis, the current best practice, Drinkwell delivers 60x more water, is 16x more energy efficient, and reduces waste by 7 orders of magnitude.

Gold Winners
2016 Gold Winner
Agriculture + Efficiency + Design

As the world population rises and our natural resources become ever more depleted, the pressures on world agriculture have never been greater. Precision agricultural technologies are key to achieving maximum efficiency from our land, natural and manufactured resources. The onTrak precision guidance system developed by Agricision aims to provide access to some high impact technologies for the many producers for whom the large investment currently required is a major barrier to adoption.

2016 Gold Winner
Efficiency

CoolComposites is a startup that is working to produce a phase change material (PCM) for energy efficient buildings. Competing PCM products are extremely expensive, require substantial modifications to building construction, or both. Our goal is to produce a drop-in additive for building materials based on inorganic PCMs, which are more than 10x cheaper than their existing organic counterparts. This will allow us to offer a 'zero-day' payback period enabled by novel materials synthesis.

2015 Gold Winner
Efficiency + Materials

Laundry is about to be reinvented! Current laundry machines use 20 gallons of water and significant amount of detergent to remove just one table spoon of dirty oil compounds, giving a cleaning efficiency of less than 1%. This inefficient process makes an average hotel spend $10K on water and detergent per month! With AquaFresco close-loop laundry technology, 95% of the water and detergent cost can be saved, capturing a market opportunity over $2B/yr.

2014 Gold Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Annually 47 million people in the US fall victim to a water-borne infection. Current testing methods take 24 hours or more. This waiting time is too long for efficient quality control and to prevent disease outbreaks. Fluid-Screen brings the power of an entire lab into a portable device. Fluid-Screen detects bacteria in water in 30 minutes or less. The patent pending technology is based on a silicon biosensor chip developed at Yale University. We believe that Fluid-Screen will change the world.

2014 Gold Winner
Efficiency + Efficiency + Generation

Power plants have been stuck using the same inefficient condensers for decades. Putting a hydrophobic coating on these condensers would save millions of dollars in fuel and thousands of tons of CO2 every year for each power plant. Until now there hasn’t been a coating that survives long enough while providing good thermal performance. We invented and patented a durable hydrophobic coating at MIT and invented a way to manufacture it at an industrial scale.

2014 Gold Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

Anfiro is developing ultra high-permeability membranes for water purification. Our step increase in membrane permeability results in transformative cost reductions by enabling small-scale cost effective systems. The massive footprint reduction translates into large CAPEX savings, while the lower operating pressure results in a decreased energy requirement and associated operating cost. Anfiro's ultra-high permeability membranes are enabling clean and affordable water for a better tomorrow.

2013 Gold Winner
Efficiency + Energy / Clean Tech

Fouling - deposition of ash on surfaces of boilers affects coal and biofuel powered power plants. Deposits reduce energy transfer from the combustion fuel to heated water and steam. In a typical base load boiler losses due to fouling top 5%, $25 million annually. Today there is no fouling sensing technology to direct cleaning of the boiler, driving up maintenance costs and inefficiencies. Our technology can directly measure the fouling buildup and create a close loop to optimize cleaning.

2012 Gold Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

Dynamo Micropower is developing a small gas generator (<30 kW) that provides the operational benefits of a gas turbine and the capital costs of traditional diesel gensets. This is achieved by leveraging a novel proprietary architecture that can utilize fuels on site, requires little maintenance and as designed for scale manufacturing. These unique features will allow Dynamo to dominate the market, while the novel architecture enables low cost production and scalable design.

Sidecar Winners
2014 Sidecar Winner
High Tech + Efficiency + General

CarKnow produces hardware and software designed to capture and generate vehicle data. The CARduino connects to in-vehicle networks, adds digital sensors, and mirrors a user's car in the Cloud. A high-security API features privacy controls and allows developers to build applications to improve the vehicle use and ownership experience. Developers can build applications using our universal API to improve fuel economy, reduce congestion, and improve the vehicle experience. Smart cars = happy drivers

2013 Sidecar Winner
Efficiency

Raja Systems can cut the cost of generating electricity in remote locations in half. A common solution for generating electricity in a remote location is a hybrid power system including a diesel generator, solar PV, and a battery. For a power system like this with multiple sources of electricity generation, it is important to make smart decisions about when to use each of the generation resources. Our software forecasts solar production and electricity consumption to improve the coordination of

Silver Winners
2016 Silver Winner
Efficiency + Energy / Clean Tech

The primary limiting factor of an electric vehicle’s performance is the power and energy capabilities of its energy storage by directly affecting its range, cost, power, and lifetime. Electra’s hybrid energy storage module is a product of electrical engineering combined with chemistry: our system marries the high energy density of safe battery chemistries with the high power density storage creating an efficient hybrid solution optimized for a vehicle’s performance and application.

2015 Silver Winner
Transportation & Logistics

Our blue-sky transportation solution serves people in low-density cities by providing access to the places they want to go. For the healthcare world that means providing large patient populations with direct and efficient access to clinical services. Easy to use, automated, reliable, and friendly.

RubyRide increases access to facilities, practically eliminates the opportunity for fraud and mis-use, and empowers sponsors to measure effectiveness.

Everyone gets what they need.

2014 Silver Winner
Energy / Clean Tech + Efficiency

AutoAgronom provides a unique solution that empowers farmers to practice sustainable agriculture. Our systems enable growers to increase yields by up to 30% and save up to 50% of water and 70% of fertilizers. Our patented technologies “listen” to plants and react in real-time to their needs, optimizing levels of oxygen, water and nutrients. We offer potential customers who cultivate large areas in green houses or open fields a complete service package with an annual fee based on area size.

Finalists
2016  Finalist
Consumer Products + Efficiency

The world currently consumes 5.8 million tonnes of wipes annually. Yet, "flushable" wipes are just marketing gimmicks and they just clog the drainage systems!

Twipes are eco-friendly toilet wipes. They are antibacterial, like wipes, but on a roll, like toilet paper. The main benefit being that Twipes are water dispersible within 3 hours. This means that from the moment you flush, to the time it gets to the main waterworks, Twipes have broken down into its constituent elements.

2016  Entrant
Agriculture + Efficiency

Airponix - A unique resilient, sustainable & affordable system for growing & self-harvesting staple food crops such as rice & wheat soil free in low-cost protected environments with only 15% water consumption to solve world hunger. Based on inventor’s 40+ years of aeroponic experience, it uses nutrient-containing water fogs from novel fog generator, electro-culture and growth control/enhancement techniques never before commercially viable to achieve rapid growth & many fold increase in yields

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Energy / Clean Tech

We are developing an energy management software application to help businesses and public sector organisations detect and reduce energy wastages and carbon emissions whilst saving money in the process.
The application will use waveform signals and algorithms to detect early and real signs of energy inefficiency and wastage in business buildings, send them alerts and instructions on how to implement no cost (or low) energy reduction measures to curb energy wastages.

2016  Entrant
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

Simply put, HiyaCar is the Airbnb for motor vehicles with all the insurance barriers overcome, matching car hirers with local car owners and changing the way we use cars forever.

HiyaCar is the person-to-person car-sharing platform, allowing drivers to hiya cars from private car owners. Car owners can become Sharers by letting others use their cars when they would usually be sat on driveways, giving them the potential to make £1000’s of extra cash.

2016  Entrant
Generation + Energy / Clean Tech

We want to change rural Pakistan - one product and one village at a time. Our flagship product is a clean cookstove. We are using this renewable technologies to achieve extreme affordability, reduce the pace of deforestation, save lives otherwise vulnerable to illness and disease through solid fuel fumes,

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Generation

Solar energy market is strategically important to tackle CO2 emissions and meeting rising energy demands.Modular autonomous swarm system (MASS) is designed to manage and operate a team of robots performing thermal inspection of the solar farm.The key challenge that MASS-Earth solves is automation of inefficient, time-consuming and expensive preventative maintenance operations of solar energy parks to extend their lifetime and optimise annual production.

2016  Entrant
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

Have you ever needed a service pro in a minutes notice and didn’t know who to call?
MiGuia, is a magic button that makes your telephone ring in Seconds with a service pro that is available at the time that you need him and has passed all your safety and quality requirements. We are like "The Uber for instant Service Pros"
We have structured this technology so it can easily be expanded into other industries that require an automated logistics for non-programed requirements.

2016  Entrant
Generation + Efficiency

Greenstepp is a patented technology which uses human footsteps to generate clean energy. The technology focuses on the energy trilemma by offering an unlimited free supply of energy through our footsteps, helps to reduce carbon emissions and is economical. The idea came from one the most powerful renewable energy sources - a water dam, since it uses a unique hydraulic system for the power. As a result, the system has a payback of less than 5 years and is already generating client interest.

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Environment

The Think Footprint Certificate enables consumers to consider carbon footprint when selecting restaurants. It makes carbon footprint information available at the online point of sale (booking and delivery platforms), and explains carbon footprint information. Simplification and an exclusive focus on carbon footprint (as opposed to ‘sustainability’) makes the certification scheme accessible for the majority of restaurants and reduces confusion about carbon footprint for consumers.

2016  Entrant
Transportation & Logistics

TravelAi is a software company generating unique mobility data about people's travel habits using smartphones.

For Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is about transitioning mobility from being an “owned” concept via private cars, cycles, etc to an “obtained service” concept to meet transitory demands via ridesharing, car sharing, cycle hire, public transport, etc.

MaaS in the meshed society means integrated, multi-modal, dynamically rerouting systems converging in the service of the individual.

2016  Entrant
Environment + Efficiency + Design

InStead is a unique 90% self-build all-dry panellised single-storey 'flat-pack' building system, using standard lightweight, easy-to-assemble components transported as shipping containers. Except for extended screw pile foundations, construction operations require no traditional building skills or equip. Homes made from the system are highly adaptable, sustainable, resilient (e.g. flood-resistant) & affordable. When grouped they form attractive communities suitable for all ages & income levels.

2016  Finalist
Internet of Things + Efficiency

Food processors worldwide struggle to maintain quality, yield and costs due to variation in inputs, plant health or operator skills. nimblr combines the power of IoT, sensors and predictive models to address these pains. We minimise process risks for customers by constantly adapting their plant operations to the gains in network knowledge. Processors get real-time feedback on key parameters. nimblr improves accuracy of the model through periodic validation and makes processing nimble.

2016  Entrant
Environment + Efficiency + Generation

Millions of people die in emerging markets from EH issues, and the market for technologies to remedy this will reach trillions over the coming years. However, the majority of relevant technological solutions are currently focused on the US market. Our research indicates that this is driven by perceived barriers to market entry in emerging economies (including regulatory, product maintenance, language, or product suitability testing). EHT Emerging Markets hopes to address these barriers.

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Energy / Clean Tech

ECHY is a French start-up company with a patented technology which diffuses natural light inside buildings using fiber optic cables. Our system captures sun rays on the outside of buildings and, using fiber optics, transports and diffuses the natural light inside, meaning that electric lighting can be switched off whenever it’s sunny.

2016  Entrant
Travel & Tourism + Efficiency

We provide smart eCommerce decision-making tools based on personalized location information. We collect data from open sources and characterize location "vibes" to meet user needs and motivate transactions.

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Environment

WiseSoil makes organic waste disposal profitable through innovative additives to conventional organic waste recycling biogas technology. We have developed two innovations. Pretreatment Module facilitates organic waste processing and allows utilization of smaller reactors to reduce capital costs & the footprint. Wastewater treatment system produces recyclable water and dry fertilizer instead of wet digestion products. Our goal is technology commercialization on European and US markets.

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Energy / Clean Tech

Would you transport air? Do you recycle?
We help households organise and reduce the volume of their waste. Our unique manual compactor 'e'-crush compacts 60 liters into 17 liters. It also reduces the volume of PET, Aluminium, metals or cardboard.
'e'-crush can also help companies, restaurants, event organisers, festivals or organisations as the ICRC. It reduces the cost of waste management, like the transportation, the storage size or the taxes.

2016  Entrant
Hardware & Robotics + Efficiency

URBAN3D is developing a new technology based on 3D printing, as well as new materials for the construction sector. We are creating an Automated Construction System that will allow the building of everything related to construction, from sidewalks to full buildings up to 5 stories high; while the material we are creating is a new concrete recipe that utilizes recycled concrete and an environmentally friendly additive to allow the use of non-structural recycled concrete as structural.

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Healthcare

We are developing 'Clinic in a Box' units for rural health care facilities in developing countries. Each unit consist of an entire energy source solution and dedicated electrical medical appliances. In addition, a local software to manage the medical activity by local doctor / nurse. Also all the units are remotely managed by a central web based platform. Our vision is to create a turnkey solution that will enable governments to better manage and control rural health care systems.

2016  Entrant
Storage + Energy / Clean Tech

Most of the energy we consume is as a heat. Heat energy is the most expensive form of energy both to us and the environment.
What if we had a way of store a sun energy and use as desired: for house heating, water heating and even electricity generation? Sowillo has heat storage capable of keeping that energy for several months, a smart system, which knows what are your habits, preferences, and uses all available information, such as weather prediction and electricity tariffs to optimize itself

2016  Entrant
Internet of Things

Our focus is to improve existing systems in the world. We provide ultra low power, reliable and cost-effective solutions from scientific research with high standards of technology know-how. With an entire view of the process, we start from security and communication concepts and provide extremely power efficient systems with smart softwares to business customers in cleantech and smart home sectors.

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Manufacturing

We offer an online waste-to-solution marketplace that stimulates the creation of innovative B2B reuse solutions, supporting a culture shift towards a circular economy. We connect innovative companies having waste, side streams or leftovers, with like-minded manufacturing companies that are interested to procure their products in a more sustainable way. Our customers benefit from our inter-sectoral know-how and an intelligent matchmaking to improve current and discover new reuse opportunities.

2016  Entrant
Telecommunications & Mobile

“PlansApp” is a mobile application that analysis the users mobile usage and connects him
with the most suitable mobile plan for him. Switching to a new plan is quick and easy.
The user saves money, saves the research time and get exactly what he needs.
Furthermore, if it’s a time limited pricing, “PlansApp” will be there for the users and will
notify them of the change and will help them to move on to the next opportunity.

2016  Entrant
Internet & Web + Efficiency

Pingen is a web based service to automate the process of sending electronic documents as postal letters. By partnering with professional print companies distributed across various markets, Pingen achieves faster deliveries, cheaper prizes while even reducing the carbon footprint. Compared to the other offerings available, Pingen provides a fully automated, enterprise grade solution that is instantly ready to use, has no setup fees or any requirements for monthly letter volumes.

2016  Finalist
Efficiency + Energy / Clean Tech

Modvion supplies tall and modular wind power towers in composite materials. Wind power plant owners get increased returns on investments if they build taller towers. However, conventional towers can’t reach higher than approximately 360 ft. in a cost efficient way. Modvion has an effective patented solution, part of the answer is the low cost composite material CLT which simultaneously makes the tower an effective C02-storage.
Let us stop building the future with the materials of yesterday!

2016  Entrant
Internet of Things + Efficiency

A smart lighting system based on LoRa with fun.
We develop an eco&user-friendly wireless system for smart management of the street light to illuminate the existing light facilities only if needed, light up on-demand in a clever way and exploit the light to inform/signal (user cases of cross-traffic).
Our unifying technology solution deals with electric consumption, light pollution, accessibility of urban space for individual and road safety as an optimization of public service for smart city.

2016  Entrant
Efficiency

Schools around the world are spending 20-30% of their electric bill on lighting even though they are using fluorescent lights, which are considered to be electricity savers. A typical 25-30 classroom school spends over US$4000 per year on light. In addition to these costs, schools are investing money in T8 fluorescent lamps, ballast replacements and maintenance. With Sunyray schools can save up to 75% on lighting expenses, dramatically reduce maintenance cost, and cut carbon emissions.

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Efficiency

Instead of focusing on solar panels costs, Insolight aims at doubling their efficiency. Its innovative technology allows concentrating sunlight by 300 times, in a flat panel assembly. The amount of solar cells needed is drastically reduced, and the most efficiency solar cells technology (45%) become them affordable. High efficiency and ease of mounting are combined, which opens new perspectives for competitive solar electricity costs.

2016  Entrant
Transportation & Logistics

TheLowC is designed to make the use of rail and inter-modal technology an attractive option for shippers, forwarders and transport operators by creating smart multi compartmented container to make High value low density goods “rail capable” using innovative design, engineering and materials.
This is achieved by a new concept based on container design to develop the high value freight on rail in a more efficient and effective way thereby enabling rail to become 50% more efficient.

2016  Entrant
Efficiency + Energy / Clean Tech

iiMES provides unique fluid Solutions that treat friction surfaces within mechanical systems in order to improve durability, lifecycle and operational safety as well as energy and material efficiency of any simple or complex machinery and industrial plant.

USP our solutions contain no solids and create under heat and pressure a protective layer out of the original surfaces reducing friction and related challenges in new or used mechanical systems.