Shaping the future of tech: EIT Digital Challenge 2023 winners announced

Ten pioneering deep tech scaleups awarded in leading European competition

EIT Digital is thrilled to announce the winners of the EIT Digital Challenge 2023.

Ten exceptional scaleups have been recognized for their innovative digital solutions that span diverse sectors including AI-powered customer care, sustainable energy systems, regulatory compliance automation, and more.

These ten innovators represent the most forward-thinking deep tech companies in Europe today.

This year's champions are:

  • Threedy (Germany) - Accelerating digital transformation with scalable 3D apps.
  • SkillLab (Netherlands) - Software for the next generation of career guidance and matching.
  • Fermata (Israel) - AI Pest and Disease Detection.
  • Plexigrid (Spain) - Reinventing electricity grids for the energy transition.
  • Tru.ID (UK) - Trusted digital identity for a mobile world.
  • Vizcab (France) - The most powerful SaaS accounting and visualization platform for net-zero.
  • Buddy Healthcare (Finland) - Automated Patient Care Pathways.
  • (Netherlands) - Reduce post-surgery infections with this AI-powered prediction platform.
  • Iconicchain (Finland) - The platform for regulatory compliance automation.
  • Born Digital (Czech Republic) - AI powered customer care SaaS.

The EIT Digital Challenge received a record-breaking 459 applications this year, and impressively, 34% of the applications are coming from companies led by women.

Twenty selected finalists had the chance to pitch their groundbreaking solutions to a panel of experienced experts and investors in an exciting finale held in Brussels as part of the Grow Digital 23 conference.

As a reward for their success, the ten winners will get access to the EIT Digital Growth Services programme consisting of 12 months of support focused on helping the winning scaleups to close their Series A and B financing rounds by accessing investors all across Europe.

Furthermore, the winners gain unprecedented access to EIT Digital's pan-European innovation network, which boasts 350+ partners. This exceptional exposure and connectivity will provide a substantial platform for these cutting-edge businesses to flourish.

Special Prize

During the event, a special prize sponsored by Indraventures, was awarded to Ekkono, from Sweden.

The scaleup will be invited to pitch its solution to the Indra Innovation Committee, present its product to potential customers through Indra, and receive support and mentoring from the Indraventures team.

"I am incredibly proud of the work that our team has carried out over the past six months to provide these companies with exposure at a full EU level. The quality of the companies and their pitches was unparalleled. I extend my warmest congratulations to all of them - I am confident that they will become great success stories," said Fabrizio Della Pace, EIT Digital's Challenges Lead.

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