For the third year in a row, Startups.be will be handing out awards to startups that had a remarkable track record last year. Our jury proposes a shortlist in five categories, and it’s up to you, the Belgian startup community, to decide about the winners!
Those winners will be announced during Tech Startup Day on March 15, at The Egg in Brussels. Voting is open until March 4th at 11 PM.
After much deliberation, our professional jury – composed of Omar Mohout (Sirris), Frank Maene (Volta Ventures), Simon Alexandre (The Faktory), Benny Debruyne(Trends), Isabel Michiels (Agoria), Olivier Peeters (BNP Paribas Fortis) and Jérome Constant – proposed a shortlist in five categories. They retained five startups in each category.
“Our start-up scene is thriving, more and more companies are distinguishing themselves on the international stage”, says Frederik Tibau of Startups.be. “We should be proud of that Belgian talent, that’s why we put our start-ups in the spotlight with our Tech Startup Day Awards. Our jury found it difficult to create shortlists in five categories, because the list with high-profile companies that are doing a great job is getting longer every year.”
Of course, there are some very interesting prizes to win. Among them a free seat on one of our top notch international GoGlobal missions to the US, the Middle East or Asia, flex desks for one year at BeCentral, coaching sessions by the jury, 2-year ‘Webhosting Expert’-packages courtesy of Combell, a 6-month seat at the Belcham-offices in New York or San Francisco (Pulse Foundation), and many more.
Startup of the Year
(Raised seed capital or made quite a buzz)
Yields.io offers automated model monitoring and validation services, identifying issues in algorithms and turning them into actionable business insights.
MuuseLabs designs and builds family tech and media IoT products. The flagship product, Jooki, is a figurine-controlled smart speaker that enhances play and develops children’s independence and imagination, away from screens.
Assisting your workplace community to be more engaged, efficient and productive by making the tools you trust work together.
Preesale allows event organizers to sell tickets online on Facebook in a safe and easy way.
SettleMint is a Belgium-based software company that provides distributed middleware and solutions to companies that want to take advantage of the blockchain technology.
Scale-up of the Year
(Raised a series A or B, or shows other signs of scaling in revenue or employee growth)
The next generation customer data platform of NGData captures data across all channels so enterprises have real-time insights to drive superior customer experiences.
Customize and manufacture on demand, right from the front end. The software platform of Twikit takes care of the full trajectory of a 3D product’s lifespan – from the complex design file to the customization panels.
eRowz is a vertical search engine with a specialization of classified advertising in sectors such as cars, product sales and real estate. The businesses strength is in its range of websites (e.g. for-sale.co.uk and for-sale.com), which provide niche country specific offerings for the sale of second hand goods via online classified advertising.
Qover is a sliced on-demand digital insurance infrastructure for businesses enabling insurance leads, quotes and contracts through an easy-to-use insurance API.
PlayPass is specialized in RFID/NFC Technologies which can be used for Cashless Payment Solutions, Access control, Accreditation Management and Brand Activation at events and festivals.
Disruptive innovation of the year
(Companies that have a breakthrough technology or innovative business model)
AirShaper is an online platform to optimize the aerodynamics of 3D models within 24 hours.
Find.me develops a personal online assistant that helps you to ‘find without searching’. Its main advantages are to give a more personalised and complete offer to customers and to result in more efficient advertising spending for retailers.
Timbtrack gives you the tools to map out, inventorise, measure, easily evaluate your forest in seconds.
Robovision unleashes the power of AI on your business. The company transforms your data and turn them into a valuable asset.
Slimbox is a brand new stationary machine to improve your logistics in a smart way. The very first in its kind, it delivers perfectly fitted packaging in a convenient new way.
Student startup of the year
(Founded by students)
Bringing entrepreneurs and investors together has been the core mission of Winwinner since the start in 2016. The portfolio includes promising start-ups such as Balls & Glory, Madam Bakster and brewery Oud Beersel.
UGent student Ellen Bruyninckx brings together ergo therapists and clients with her new platform ergopraktijk.be, and with her second company INROL, she advises the construction sector on lifelong living.
Axiles Bionics is a new VUB spinoff that aims at improving the quality of life of lower limb amputees by bringing the newest generation bionic feet to the market.
IOBee brings bees online and makes it easier for beekeepers to keep track of their bees. This gives the beekeeper the possibility to intercept faster in case something goes wrong.
Becycled is an online marketplace for all things bicycles. It offers all the promotions of your favorite bike retailers in one place.
Tech for Good Award
(Powered by BNP Paribas Fortis Innovation Hub, for startups in climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, ocean & land pollution)
Complex soil contamination is often accompanied by an endless and expensive remediation process, caused by the uncertainty about how it is actually spreading below ground. The technology of iFlux measures the speed and direction of contaminant spreading underground over a certain period.
The Qpinch Heat Transformer recovers residual heat from 40 °C / 104 °F and up. It is applicable on a megawatt scale throughout all major industries that use industrial heat, including food and feed, oil & chemicals, paper and pulp, cement and manufacturing.
Thanks to SmartNodes smart lighting modules, it is possible to reverse the modalities of public lighting. Instead of illuminating everywhere at full power during the whole night, lamps are kept to a minimal output level, except when road users are present.
InOpSys purifies industrial toxic wastewater in a sustainable way and recovers raw materials to contribute to Circular Economy. Treated water can be re-used and results in waterloop closure. Instead of transport and incineration, InOpSys takes care of wastewater purification on-site.
Fyteko delevops advanced plant biostimulants. The mission of the startup is to adress key challenges that many areas of the world are facing due to climate change.
Voting is open! You can decide about the winners until March 4th, 11 PM.