The winners of the international program have already been determined ‘lack of water’ Finding innovative solutions to water scarcity in southern Europe. The initiative is coordinated by EIT foodwith the participation of EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital Y EIT manufacturingtogether with other partners such as Athena Research Y organic blue.
The competition was announced after the 20 selected companies had been working on three different challenges (utilities, infrastructure and agriculture) since July innowise scale, and has identified three winners, one for each challenge set: Agrow Analytics, Fibsen and Bluephage. The three companies come from Spain and each receive 30,000 euros to implement a “demo” in real cases.
Agrow Analytics, from Málaga, was the winner of the challenge for the agricultural sector. As a real case, some cultures are located in Murcia de SanLucar, an international company headquartered in Valencia that produces and markets premium quality fruit and vegetables. There the Andalusian company, founded by Antonella Maggioni, Fernando Ferrer Perruca and Pablo Crespo, will be able to apply its technology. Competing with seven other European companies, its irrigation solution finally won by optimizing water consumption autonomously and proactively. Along with Agrow Analytics, they also received awards South Secalflor (German startup based in Malaga) and the French Sinafis.
The delivery competition ended with the Valencian Fibsen as the winner. This startup uses smart fiber optic sensors to monitor water management in real time. This development was viewed by the as optimal Municipal Water Supply and Sanitation Company Pylaia (DEYAPH), in Greece. This public body will give Fibsen the space to test and adapt their solutions. In this category were the other winners Shayp (from Belgium) and aging (From Portugal).
Finally, Bluephage won the infrastructure competition with two awards. This Barcelona-based biotechnology company will conduct its analysis of bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) in the CIIP, a public water management service in central Italy, where it will implement a “demo” to demonstrate the benefits of its solution for the microbiological control of water in an extremely short time. This meets the current needs of the CIIP, which requires information and certainty when it comes to allocating water by use, using alternative water sources and preserving the natural area in which it is located. Also the Italian MobyGIS was also awarded.
The Water Scarcity Program was created thanks to collaboration between different knowledge communities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Its ultimate goal is not only to find innovative solutions to the problem of water scarcity, but to go beyond that and connect the providers of these solutions with areas where needs have been identified.
For three months, the 20 selected European companies received training focused on scaling and international business development, as well as personal advice from a tutor. In addition, they had the opportunity to network and negotiate with companies that have real water-related needs.
About EIT Food
EIT Food is the leading initiative for agri-food innovation in Europe. It works to make the food system more sustainable, healthier and more reliable. It is one of eight innovation communities established by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an independent EU body established in 2008 to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
The consortium includes more than 100 companies including key industries, industry leaders, start-ups, research centers and universities from 16 EU Member States. The headquarters for Southern Europe is located in Spain (in Madrid and Bilbao) and has specific partners such as Acesur, AIA, Angulas Aguinaga, AZTI, Caviro, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CSIC, Grupo AN, Granarolo, Hub Innovazione Trentino, Inalca , International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Mondragon Corporation, PeakBridge, Strauss, Technion, UAM, UNITO, University of Bologna and Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research.