The Emerging Technologies Competition is an annual competition, which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of the best European technologies for the benefit of society and the economy. The competition is aimed at universities, research institutions and small companies, and welcomes technologies in healthcare & wellbeing, energy & environment, food & water, and materials. First, second and third prizes were presented in each category.
40 shortlisted entrants pitched their ideas to a panel of expert judges at Chemistry Means Business, a two-day event for the chemistry-using industry by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Over 300 people attended the event uniting SMEs, multinational organisations, investors and academic entrepreneurs across the UK and Europe. The winners were announced at an award ceremony hosted by TV personality Hugh Dennis, on 15th June as part of the same event.
Applications were judged on the degree of innovation of the technology, its potential impact, and the quality of the science behind it. Eksagon will receive tailored business support from multinational partner companies, business training and media support.
Dr. Antonios Oikonomou, Managing Director at Eksagon said:
“Eksagon Group is a technology incubator of graphene and two-dimensional materials with a key focus on technology feasibility, product development and commercialisation. The unique properties of graphene and two-dimensional materials offer compelling benefits not only for energy applications, but for other technology areas which we currently explore. We are privileged that the Royal Society of Chemistry has recognised our potential.”
Dr Steve Pleasance, Head of Industry at the Royal Society of Chemistry said:
“Increasing innovation in the chemical sciences is one of the key elements of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s industry strategy. Our Emerging Technologies competition, now in its fourth year and supported by our industry partners, is proving to be highly successful in accelerating the commercialisation of the cutting-edge research taking place in both universities and small companies.”
Winning the competition gives businesses the platform they need to make the industry aware of their technology. Since the initiative began in 2013, winners have gone on to raise a combined total of over £16 million in further funding, grown their companies and entered commercial contracts.