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Future Unicorn Award

The “Future Unicorn Award” aims at celebrating and rewarding SMEs which have the potential to become the future European Tech giants. It put under the spotlight SMEs from across Europe which have demonstrated to be successful in digitising their business processes and in offering innovative digital services.

The award is also a testimony of the vital importance of SMEs in the wider digital ecosystem. It represents an opportunity to advocate for EU-wide policies and regulatory frameworks that nurture the entrepreneurship culture and enable SMEs to scale up.

Past Issue

Summary of the Award delivered in 2018

In 2018, all 39 National Trade Associations affiliated to DIGITALEUROPE were asked to identify and select an SME from their country. In 2018 eleven SMEs were shortlisted and the winners of the first issue of the award were announced on 20 February at the Masters of Digital, where Commissioner Mariya Gabriel distributed the Awards.

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2018 Winners

  • AirFaas, from Finland, was the winner of the 2018 Future Unicorn Award.

    AirFaas is an Airbnb for factories, a portal that allows companies to manufacture their machines and components without owning factories, production equipment or having production workers. It enables manufacturing in existing production plants globally through the AirFaas portal. AirFaas allows both small and large companies to become global manufacturers bringing manufacturing close to market demand.

  • Deeper, From Lithuania, was one of the three finalists.

    Deeper’s mission is to be a global leader that creates incredible experiences for anglers. They do this by developing revolutionary cloud-integrated technologies, helping the angling community to learn more, catch more and connect. The Deeper smart sonar, for example, is the world’s first wireless echo sounder compatible with iOS and Android devices.

  • Plytix, from Denmark, was one of the three finalists.

    Plytix is helping to digitise SMEs worldwide by introducing affordable and user-friendly ool that empower them to become more data-driven and perform on par with – or even outperform – their enterprise competitors.

Other nominated companies in 2018 include:

  • Allterco Robotics, from Bulgaria, has one simple goal; to make the life of everyone easier with the help of Home Automation and Wearable devices. Through a host of devices, such as smart watches for kids or trackers for pets, Allterco Robotics demonstrates how digital solutions can improve people’s everyday lives.

  • Ascendia, from Romania,  is one of the top eLearning companies from Romania. The company is a publicly traded on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) and has 5 core lines of business: 

    1. Dacobots – eLearning portal for young kids;  
    2. Timlogo – Digital speech therapy platform;  
    3. Livresq – Editor for digital textbooks;  
    4. Coffee LMS – learning management system for companies; 
    5. Bespoke eLearning Services – we create custom eLearning content for companies.  
  • door2door, from Germany,  is a technology company focused on offering cities and public transport companies the possibility to analyse and improve their mobility infrastructure. They offer a software-based mobility platform which makes tremendous discrepancies between supply and demand visible and measurable. 

  • Funtronic, from Poland, started its business operations in 2014. It is a producer 
    and distributor of The Funtronic Floor – an interactive projection system aimed to be an innovative teaching aid and rehabilitation tool. The Funtronic Floor, comprises a set of multimedia exercises, games and physical activities intended for working with school and preschool children, as well as rehabilitation of adults and seniors. 

  • PREMO, from Spain, is and influential and global technology leader in the development and manufacture of electromagnetic 3D sensors for the 4th industrial revolution technologies: IoT, M2M, Virtual Reality, Augment Reality, Connected, Autonomous and Electric Vehicles. 

  • PRISMA Telecom Testing, from Italy, develops innovative test solutions for wireless networks, covering mobile technologies such as GSM, UMTS, LTE and 5G, and also supporting IoT. They have more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications engineering and have worked for over 20 years in projects involving mobile networks in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.

  • Showpad, from Belgium, is a sales enablement platform focused on making sales teams more successful by helping them have smarter and more relevant conversations with their customers and prospects. While the majority of the account-based marketing (ABM) discussion has been for marketers, Showpad is essentially ABM for sales.

  • Yoti, from the United Kingdom, is your digital identity app and your ID on your phone. It’s the safer way to prove your age on nights out, checkout faster with alcohol at supermarkets and save time and money proving your identity to businesses. It’s free and brings safer connections, dating and trading with the people you meet as well making your face your password to help you wave goodbye to all those login details. Yoti is on a mission to become the world’s trusted identity platform and make it easier to prove who you are and to know who you’re dealing with.

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