Five EIT Climate-KIC community members in Forbes 30 under 30 list

Twelve entrepreneurs from across the EIT community have been recognised by Forbes in its prestigious annual list of European entrepreneurs, including five innovators from EIT Climate-KIC.

This is the sixth edition of the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Europe, capturing the best and brightest young innovators the continent has to offer. The list spans 12 categories, covering everything from art, culture, entertainment and media, to finance, manufacturing, social impact and retail.

Five EIT Climate-KIC supported innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups were featured in this year’s list, across three categories.

Manufacturing and Industry

Zeleros Hyperloop designs new technologies for a more sustainable and efficient transportation of people and cargo worldwide. Their hyperloop-inspired system combines the speed of a plane, the convenience of a train and the frequency of an underground system, making long distance journeys faster, more energy-efficient and direct-emissions free. EIT Climate-KIC connected with the Zeleros team and helped them shape their innovative ideas into a market-ready product. David Pistoni Perez, Zeleros co-founder, won the EIT Public Award in 2019.

Social Impact

Nima Tisdall and her Danish start-up company Blue Lobster challenges the industrialised fishing industry by changing the supply chain, premiering a local and sustainable approach to how fish is caught, sold, bought and consumed. Through their app, they connect local fishermen with nearby restaurants, providing consumers with fresh, locally-sourced produce every day. In 2019, Blue Lobster was chosen within the top 16 out of 2,600 start-ups in the EIT Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest green business idea competition. This led to a place in the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator Stage 1, a mentorship programme where the start-up gets funding and mentorship support to leverage their business.

Mimbly develops sustainable water solutions and their innovative product is the MimBox, an add-on recycling device for washing machines. The product results in water savings, energy savings and the capturing of microplastics. Mimbly was supported by EIT Climate-KIC through the accelerator programme and Isabella Palmgren was nominated for the EIT Woman Award in 2018.

Future Closets from Mikaela Larsell Ayesa provides the easiest way to adopt second-hand clothes and reduce your closet’s footprint. The company is supported by EIT Climate-KIC and was selected as one of the 10 start-ups to enter the EIT Climate-KIC Nordic Accelerator.

Technology

Resourcify by Gary Lewis provides a cloud-platform for digital waste management with a focus on simplicity, neutrality and sustainability. With the digitisation of recycling, the company aspires to help the world transition to a sustainable and circular economy. Resourcify originally partnered with the EIT via EIT Climate-KIC who helped them to take the basic concept and turn it into a viable business case. The company then partnered with EIT RawMaterials to bring the solution to market.

In total, 67 EIT Community entrepreneurs have been recognised by Forbes on its 30 under 30 list since 2016. You can see the full list of this year’s 12 featured EIT innovators here.

 
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