FYROM will be represented by 8 startups in 2017 SEUA Final

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At the 31st of October, FYROMacedonia celebrated the national final of StartUp Europe Awards 2017. The eight winners will represent FYROM in the European finals next year.

The event, that was a complete success, was celebrate in the Museum of the Macedonian struggle- Skopje, where the competition Get in the Ring was held. The main organizer of this event are the National Center for Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning and Macedonia 2025, and as a supporter there were the City of Skopje, the NL Chamber of Macedonia, the Business Startup Center and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at UKIM. The jury was comprised by 12 members from different countries.

ALHO is going to represent Macedonia in the e-Health category. This company, based in Macedonia that aims to produce phone cases capable of emitting waves of heat and cold to help people who suffer from Raynaud's Syndrome, and to make the use of phones more comfortable.

Green category will be represented by Omega Research, this is the first company at international level that is producing new type of organic cosmetics called "eatable". It means that is made only from eatable and organic materials as: raw fruit juices, raw vegetables, raw dehydrated herbs and tea without the use of any preservatives. It also can be consumed without any adverse effects on the body.

Take Away is the Gastronomy winner, they are producing and selling packed ready-to-eat food and satisfy the customer’s needs. They made a choice to be different; to establish and to push the boundaries of the Macedonia grab and go food scene.

In the Climate category, Macedonian Honey is the winner. This startup is creating a new way of beekeeping and inventing a new hive -Elle Hive- they work for one common goal: survival of the honeybee. Their bees become stronger, and their genetic material provide future bee generations easily to deal with predators and climate changes. Protecting endangered honeybee is not an altruistic venture – they are attempting to safeguard our own future. Honeybees as a major pollinator are essential for the plant and ecosystem biodiversity. Climate change and biodiversity are inextricably linked.

Sole Communication Network is the winner in Internet of Things category. SOLENET is a SaaS platform that enables (self) building custom-made applications at least 10x faster (and cost effective) with combining data containers like stacking Lego blocks to facilitate doing business between people and organizations.

Cultus will represent Macedonia at Edtech category. Cultus, the e-learning hub will grow into RSS news aggregator, unique articles blog and affiliate products shop, all from the online education resources available worldwide. Content filtering by humans and algorithms, will enable all e-learning resources from one web link.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative of the European Commission, together with Finnova Foundation, which presents a methodology to encourage open innovation and collaboration between the different actors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, “it aims to accelerate startups with funds from the European Union (SME instrument up to 2.5 million euros), as well as offering legal advice, networking, international communication, among other benefits” states Juanma Revuelta CEO of Finnova Foundation. StartUp Europe Awards is also a tool to improve the awareness and communication of entrepreneurship values.

StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.