The 15 teams that qualified for the finals

15 startups have been selected to compete in the final phase of Next Stage Challenge 2021, claiming the prizes and awards of each category/stage of the competition.

Idea stage


Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer at stages I and II, through a low-cost, fast, non-invasive diagnostic test which detects small molecules in urine samples


Sustainability-focused wall art marketplace, offering a curated catalog of print-on-demand artworks from digital artists around the globe


Enabling heavy industries to reduce CO2 emissions using highly efficient, thermally stable, sustainable CO2-capturing sorbents made from waste eggshells


Producing insect-based protein for animal feedstock and other food supplements based on farming of mealworms (Tenebrio Molitor)

Prototype stage


Smart wearable for scoliosis treatment that can be retrofitted to any type of back-brace, solving the problem of monitoring and adjusting back-brace usage

Computer vision software helping IVF clinics to improve their performance by analyzing images of embryos and recommending those most likely to lead to pregnancy


System enabling manufacturing robots to learn new tasks such as packing products in a production line, making traditional robot programming obsolete, through AI

Project: Veltio

Smart cooking device for the food industry, enabling standardization of high-quality cooking through patent-protected technology for process control


Traffic management software helping traffic authorities and highway operators to introduce intelligence, automation and vehicle connectivity into their operation


Online marketplace that quickly and easily connects farmers with agricultural workers

Early Revenues stage


Online platform helping organizers and sponsors of running events to deliver top-class experiences to runners, by weaving personalization into event management


Identification and traceability services helping agrofood and cosmetics companies to prevent fraud and protect their brands, enabled by genetic fingerprinting


Electric cargo kick-scooters enabling sustainable urban delivery with high safety and comfort for riders, through novel engineering and design


Online booking and payment platform making it easier for anyone to find and book a sports facility and for managers os sports venues to get zero-risk bookings


Automated route planning and fleet tracking without hardware for any company with a small fleet of vehicles doing frequent deliveries, pick-ups or service stops