Finalists of the Women Startup Challenge Europe 2017


Europe 2017 | Finalists | Judges | Advisory Committee

These 10 inspiring women-led startups were the finalists of Women Startup Challenge Europe. They pitched their ventures to a panel of judges for a €50,000 cash grant and $210,000 in IBM cloud services on May 3, 2017, at City Hall in London. Check out their game-changing startups below.


Pitching Founder: Kristina Tsvetanova

BLITAB® is the world’s first “tablet” for the blind, creating tactile text and graphics. The award-winning  BLITAB® tablet empowers blind users to learn, work, and play with one mobile device, to have digital access to information in real time.


Pitching Founder: Elsa Hermal

epicery is an app that allows people to order fresh food online directly from local artisan shops, with one-hour delivery. The best butchers, fishmongers, cheese makers, organic fruits and vegetables, pastries of your city are now available on-demand and delivered to your door at your convenience.


Pitching Founder: Dr Maria Chatzou

Lifebit is creating the operating system of genomics. Our 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.

Open Bionics

Pitching Founder: Samantha Payne

Open Bionics is revolutionising the healthcare industry by using 3D scanning and 3D printing to dramatically cut the cost of fitting hand amputees with robotic prosthetics. The company blends robotics, inclusive design, fashion, and wearable technology to create lightweight, affordable prosthetics that are inspiring to wear.

See Fashion

Pitching Founder: Ivana Ojukwu

See Fashion is a discovery platform that helps fashion brands identify new trends and buying opportunities in their market. They collect data from their designer’s e-commerce site and marketplace to provide highly segmented and contextualised product insights in real-time.


Pitching Founder: Alexandra Grigore

Simprints has developed an inexpensive biometric scanner, mobile app and cloud platform, that could become the first source of providing identity to the 1.5B 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.

Sound Bounce

Pitching Founder: Rhona Togher

Sound Bounce is an acoustic metamaterial, which provides significantly improved noise attenuation when compared to conventional materials. Sound Bounce can be integrated into automotive, aerospace, construction, and many more industries to drastically reduce the impact of environmental noise.


Pitching Founder: Colleen Wong

Techsixtyfour delivers unique and innovative technologies that have a positive impact on family life. Their product, the Gator watch, is a wearable mobile phone and tracker made for young children.


Pitching Founder: Caritta Seppa

Tespack provides mobile energy creation on the move with its smart clothes and Smart Wear. Combining state-of-the-art connectivity features, Tespack technology solves the biggest problems of smart clothing, battery life, and connectivity. Tespack’s clients range from Vodafone to the United Nations to General Electric.

We Got POP

Pitching Founder: Kate McLaughlin

POP is the marketplace for film and TV Production. POP’s mission is to enable productions to book, manage, and pay for all people and services required to make their show seamlessly through one beautiful, integrated platform. POP is introducing innovative technology that brings efficiency to an industry surprisingly reliant on laborious, manual, old school processes.