Winner and Finalists
Winner of both Jury and Popular Vote
Orange Fiber from Italy
Orange Fiber produces functional textiles - releasing vitamins on the skin - from citrus industrial pulp resulting from orange juice production. It aims at reducing the cost and the environmental impact of citrus pulp disposal, thus creating an innovative and sustainable textile. The innovation has been developed jointly with Politicnico di Milano and was patented in Italy in 2013 and extended as PCT in 2014, when the first prototype was produced.
Orange fiber received several national and international awards, ranking among top 5 startup in Creative industries at the world level at Copenhagen Creative Business Cup 2013 and was nominated Changemaker for EXPO Milano 2015.
Take a minute to imagine all the industrial waste of citrus transformation in the world turned into a sustainable and biodegradable textile which is a cosmetic and vitamin enriched cream to wear, available for sustainable collections and conscious consumers.
Website : Orange Fiber
Awarded a coaching trajectory by Set Squared Partnership
AEInnova from Spain
AEInnova Waste Heat Recovery Unit (WHRU) is a system capable to convert waste heat from any hot surface into electricity.
Only in Europe in 2012, the industry lost 140 TeraWatts per hour of energy due to their waste heat emissions, the equivalent energy generated by 30 nuclear power stations.
Moreover, this waste heat, contributed in 1ºC to the global warming, corresponding to a CO2 reduction of about 14 Million tons per year.
Most WHRU use mechanical systems based on the steam machine, which increases maintenance requirements, complexity and costs.
The AEInnova product combines thermoelectric devices with the latest microelectronic technologies and wireless sensor networks to increase performace and real time monitoring, without any mechanical component and need for maintenance.
In 2014 AEinnova won the spanish EcoEmprendedorXXI award and other important national recognitions.
Website : AEInnova
Awarded a coaching trajectory by I3P Politecnico di Torino
Pnat - Jellyfish Barge from Italy
The Jellyfish Barge modular floating greenhouse for intensive cultivation, is able to purify sea water by using solar energy. It consists of a wooden base floating on recycled plastic drums, supporting a glass greenhouse with solar panels, which provide the low energy required to power the fans and pumps. This system represents a solution for producing food next to the final consumer without consuming land, energy and fresh water.
The Jellyfish Barge will be presented at Milan Expo 2015.
Website : Pnat
Breezometer from Israel
Breezometer’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for billions of people worldwide, by providing accurate air quality data for consumers and businesses in a format as simple, intuitive and actionable as weather data.
Using big data analytics that allows gathering air quality & weather data from thousands of sources together with unique algorithms, Breezometer tracks and interprets the level of air quality, right down to street level,worldwide. The company provides the data to customers through API’s, apps and more.
Breezometer was named “the most promising startup company in 2014” by Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Website : breezometer
Improved Photovoltaic System -PVT from Armenia
The new type, high efficiency and cost effective solar hybrid Photovoltaic and Thermal (PVT) system, makes solar energy systems an affordable reality. The proposed PVT system is a dual solar collector generating both electric and thermal energy. It generates up to 40% more electricity than an equivalent conventional PV system with same peak output, reduces the required roof space and has much lower cost compared with separate solar PV and Thermal systems, and has increased efficiency up to 70% due to generation of both electric and thermal energy. The proposed technology allows getting maximum energy from sun with minimum cost.
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MEGA from Moldova
MEGA Generation is an online platform for community-based environmental/social education and eco-innovation development. MEGA Generation uses such concepts as gamification, open-source ecology, and citizen science to empower people worldwide to create a more sustainable world with their own minds and hands and to change behavior towards a more eco-friendly one.
The Mega team received several international award and is partners to Berkeley University.
Website : MEGA