This Winners Session features the Top 10 Breakthroughs in the Science Start-Ups category. During this session, the entrepreneurs, who are dedicating their careers to create sustainable business to fight climate change and its myriad consequences, will introduce viewers to various topics, including how solar power could provide energy to heat-intense industries, how aquaculture innovation can ensure sufficient food supply, and how a series of material advances, such as carbon-negative material or non-toxic sustainable batteries, can contribute to sustainability strategies. From 3D printing technology that allows medical silicon products (as well as micro- and nanodevices) to further evolve to combatting cancer with the help of AI, the start-ups in this category make it clear that supporting the development of cutting-edge technologies is imperative to innovation. Jury member Frank Kalkbrenner recommends that, while many fields are showing very exciting developments, he would advise investing in “solutions for climate change, material science, digitalization, and biomedicine improvement.“
We are delighted to announce the ten winners in the category Science Start-Ups:
NANOWIRED GMBH – OLAV BIRLEM
Breaking the Wall to Material Joining
NanoWired has developed four new assembly and connection technologies: NanoWiring, KlettWelding, KlettSintering, KlettGlueing through the joining of electrical components with velcro fasteners, made of nano metallic turf.
FIBRECOAT GMBH – ROBERT BRÜLL
Breaking the Wall to Composites
Through their production of innovative thermoplastic coated glass fibres, which can be processed into composites for lightweight components, FibreCoat has found a way to significantly reduce the cost of composites, commonly used as alternatives for steel and aluminium.
MADE OF AIR GMBH – ALLISON DRING
Breaking the Wall to Carbon Negative Material
By bringing carbon-negative material, made from low-value biomass waste, into market at scale, Made of Air GmbH has created a solution for combatting climate change by replacing current thermoplastics at a competitive price in both construction and consumer goods.
REGIONAL FISH INSTITUTE LTD. – SHUNSUKE ISHIMOTO
Breaking the Wall of Limited Supply of Protein
With the demand for protein soon to overcome its supply, Regional Fish Institute, Ltd is working on improving the productivity and value of aquatic products by applying their “high-speed breeding” to aquaculture.
OFFGRID ENERGY LABS – TEJAS KUSURKAR
Breaking the Wall of Toxic Batteries
With key innovation in 3 areas: chemistry, materials and design, Offgrid is building novel, sustainable batteries for stationary and mobility markets, using commonly available materials that are both sustainable and non-toxic.
ATLANT 3D NANOSYSTEMS – MAKSYM PLAKHOTNYUK
Breaking the Wall of Micro and Nanofabrication
ATLANT 3D has developed the first-ever material versatile atomic layer 3D printing technology. This technology will allow for the rapid acceleration of material development and prototyping of micro- and nanodevices at a fraction of the current cost with previously impossible geometries.
SPECTROPLAST AG – MANUEL SCHAFFNER
Breaking the Wall of Silicone Manufacturing
Through 3D silicon printing, Spectroplast has created a solution for on-demand personalised medical silicone products that save in material resources, energy and waste.
PROTEONA – ANDREAS SCHMIDT
Breaking the Wall of Cancer, one Cell at a Time
Through AI, Proeona is turning single cell multi-omics, into a weapon against cancer, by profiling tumours at a single-cell level and matching their molecular signatures to drug response data.
ILYA PHARMA – EVELINA VÅGESJÖ
Breaking the Wall of Next-Generation Biologics
As a clinical- stage biopharmaceutical company, Ilya Pharma is developing cost-efficient, next-generation biologics for accelerated healing of skin and intestine wounds.
HELIOHEAT GMBH – WEI WU
Breaking the Wall of Fossil Fuels
HelioHeat GmbH is the first company worldwide to begin commercialising solar receivers based on the solid particle technology for concentrating solar power plants for energy-intense industries.