Women Startup Challenge Europe 2017

Europe 2017  |  Finalists  |  Judges  |  Advisory Committee


On May 3, 2017, the Women Startup Challenge Europe showcased 10 amazing, women-led tech startups at a pitch competition held at City Hall in London. The €50,000 top prize was awarded to Alexandra Grigore of Simprints, a startup that aims to become the first identity provider for the 1.5 billion people who do not have formal IDs.

The 10 startups were chosen from close to 200 online applications. The event was co-produced by Women Who Tech and Craig Newmark of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund.

Grand Prize

Simprints

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Pitching Founder: Alexandra Grigore

Country: UK

@simprints

UK based company Simprints has developed an inexpensive biometric scanner, mobile app, and cloud platform that could become the first identity provider for the 1.5 billion people who do not have formal IDs. By using people’s fingerprints to accurately link them to records, Simprints aims to create a world where lack of identity is never the reason why anyone is denied the services, care, and rights they deserve.


Audience Choice Award

Lifebit

Pitching Founder: Dr. Maria Chatzou

Country: Spain

@CH_maria_CH

Lifebit is creating the operating system of genomics. Their unified framework system enables insightful, real-time genomics analyses by making them easy to deploy, portable across clusters and clouds, scalable no matter the size of the data to be analyzed, reproducible, and more time and cost-efficient.


Prizes:

Grand Prize: €50,000, courtesy of the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund

Audience Choice Award: $120,000 in cloud services, courtesy of IBM, with other nine finalists receiving $10,000 in cloud services each.


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10 Finalists

BLITAB®
Pitching Founder: Kristina Tsvetanova
Country: Austria

Epicery
Pitching Founder: Elsa Hermal
Country: France

Lifebit
Pitching Founder: Dr. Maria Chatzou
Country: Spain

Open Bionics
Pitching Founder: Samantha Payne
Country: UK

See Fashion
Pitching Founder: Ivana Ojukwu
Country: UK

Simprints
Pitching Founder: Alexandra Grigore
Country: UK

Sound Bounce
Pitching Founder: Rhona Togher
Country: Ireland

TechSixtyFour
Pitching Founder: Colleen Wong
Country: UK

Tespack
Pitching Founder: Caritta Seppa
Country: Finland

We Got POP
Pitching Founder: Kate McLaughlin
Country: UK

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