2016 EMEA Winners

WinnerBest Startup - Social Impact

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bio bean

bio-bean® is the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. bio-bean works within the existing energy and waste infrastructure, developing sustainable products and solutions to displace conventional fuels and chemicals. The company was founded in 2013, by Arthur Kay whilst he was still an architecture student at University College London (UCL).

WinnerBest Startup - Tech Innovation

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Being lonely is boring. Bumping into friends is the best thing in the world but it just doesn’t happen often enough. The Sup app shows you which friends are within a 5, 15 or 25 minute walk so you can grab them for a catch up. Send a Sup to let your friends know you want to hang out. This lets them know what you’re doing and where you’re doing it, so you can cut out the hassle of planning and get straight to the good bit.

Founded in 2015, founder Rich Pleeth and his team continue to grow the business out of their London office.

WinnerBest Digital SME - Tech Innovation

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Therapy Box

Therapy Box provides augmentative communication solutions on iPads, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices. They seek to apply the latest innovations in app development to meet the needs of those who have communication difficulties due to a range of disabilities.

The flagship text-to-speech app ‘Predictable’ is designed to give a voice to someone who is unable to use their own.

2015 saw the launch of their range of educational apps featuring Dubdub, the little yellow dinosaur who loves to learn about words! Rhyming Bus, Minimal Pairs and Odd One Out are all apps aimed at helping little ones develop their speech and listening skills.

WinnerMost Disruptive CIO/ CTO

Rachel Dunscombe

Rachel has extensive experience in the NHS and Private Sector, is a curator of TEDx events and has a passion for innovation and looking at how we can do things differently. She believes that innovation both technical and non technical can provide the answers that the NHS needs in delivering new models of care.

Rachel is CIO of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. She also sits on a number of international, national and local advisory boards and bodies including the NHS Open Source Board, KLAS Research advisory board and ITIL qualification panel.

WinnerBest Tech IPO/ Venture Capital Raising

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Blippar, Inc. is a leading, global technology company specializing in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Its flagship product is the Blippar mobile app, a leading augmented reality, visual browser for the physical world. Utilizing proprietary technology, the Blippar app enables users to instantaneously discover more about the world around them, by blipping (“scanning”) objects they’re curious about and unlocking useful and  entertaining content. The app now has over 65 million users.

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