Brussels, September 22, 2023. The awards ceremony for the Startup Europe Awards LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 took place within the framework of the European Mobility Week 2023, held at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga (FYCMA).

With a carefully selected jury composed of João Simão, Executive Director of the Portuguese Water Partnership; Mark Barker, CEO of Wex Global; and Elías Colom, Corporate Marketing Director of Global Omnium, recognized the following winners:

  • First Prize: Francisco Salmerón from Advanced Algorithms 4 Radar, SL with his proposal “Smart Water Management Based On Flexible Radar.” Radar technology in innovative and disruptive applications, ranging from smart mobility to Industrial 4.0 and eHealth.
  • Second Prize: Bjoern Pietruschka from Aquature Technologies with his proposal “Clean fuels and green chemicals from wastewater.” Wastewater processing technology that converts it into clean, non-potable water.
  • Third Prize: Gabriel Giménez from Agualytics with his proposal “Reclaimed water quality warning center for agriculture.” Water cycle digitization system for irrigation.

In addition, a special mention to Ángela Ventura from VENPRALAB for her proposal “Application of microbiology to improve biogas production.”

And with a special mention to VENPRALAB.

We encourage you to participate in the upcoming calls for the Startup Europe Awards (SEUA), an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe, which identifies and rewards entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and fosters public-private collaboration and partnerships to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the initiatives of the European Green Deal. These awards are a valuable tool for promoting knowledge exchange, adding value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and supporting the growth and consolidation of startups in the market.

About LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a pilot demonstration project, funded by LIFE Programme and with a budget of more than 970,000 EUR, which generates biogas in sewage treatment plant digesters by mixing putrescible organic waste (slurry, poultry, organic fractions, MSW, horeca, etc.), thus transforming sewage sludge into green energy through technology. The initiative led by Global Omnium, (Spain), in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal) aims to become the most versatile digestion control tool on the market, achieving environmental and economic benefits through the production of biogas by making optimal use of waste. Thanks to this technology, it favours the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the use of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, thus achieving a positive impact on the environment. This programme is easily scalable with other funds such as FEDER, NextGenerationEU or Repower EU.