Nine, plus one, Ideas from Europe finalists

Nine, plus one, Ideas from Europe finalists


TALLINN, 23 November 2017– Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden are going to the finals of Ideas from Europe on 24 April 2018 in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague, the Netherlands. The jury found these ideas the most innovative and believe these will have the most impact on our society.

On 22 November, entrepreneurs from all European member states presented their innovative solution to the Global Challenges on the Ideas from Europe stage in Tallinn, Estonia. According to the jury, the ideas were ‘extremely diverse and of a great quality’.

The winners

This is what the jury, Kaupo Reede, Kristin Schreiber, Ulrike Rabmer Kollen and Cees Vermaas had to say about the ideas:

  1. Julien Penders of Bloomlife (Belgium): “If you are a mother the solution of Bloomlife will give you a piece of mind.”
  2. Klaus B. Pederson of Too Good to Go (Denmark): “A practical solution to the second hand market of food.”
  3. Steffen Preuss of Ichò (Germany): “This solution is acknowledging the tremendous problem of dementia and a practical device that brings relief.”
  4. Fiona Edwards Murphy of ApisProtect (Ireland): “We need bees to make sure our food supply will last. This solution will help the bee population.”
  5. Aida Nazarikhorram of LuxAI (Luxemburg): “There is a big potential in technology that lets children interact more easily with robots.”
  6. Mark Offerhaus of Micreos (the Netherlands): “This solution is potentially so ground breaking as an alternative for antibiotics.”
  7. Artur Racicki of SEEDia (Poland): “The combination of something practical and modern that will help both us and the environment.”
  8. Francisco Duarte of PavNext (Portugal): “The combination of safety and energy producing has a great potential.”
  9. Mervi Pänkäläinen of Mightifier (Finland): “This really brings a change to behaviour and help children against bullying.”

Because Speak Up of Sweden has the same ability as Mightifier, but only with a different target group, the jury felt that both Finland and Sweden should share the stage in The Hague.

And there is even more. Because the jury also thought that the project of Stefan Steinberger of Refugee{code} from Austria was of such importance in helping in the refugee crisis, they felt it deserved a special mention. Therefore he will also go to The Hague, to join the other finalists on stage.


From 23 November on, the broad public in Europe and elsewhere in the world will have the chance to choose a twelfth finalist with a wildcard. They can vote online via for one of the other eighteen solutions that weren’t chosen by the jury.

The innovator with the most votes will also go to the finals in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague, The Netherlands on 24 April 2018.

Ideas worth Spreading

 From tackling food wastage, using innovative technology to diagnose health problems, cures for the common cold and antibiotics resistance, smart uses of renewable energy, diminishing CO2 emissions, to programmes for children with Autism, those who are bullied and for refugees; entrepreneurs have come up with innovative solutions to the global challenges that we face each day. The Ideas from Europe-competition puts a spotlight both on the entrepreneurs and their ideas to help them grow their business and make an even bigger impact.


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