The awards ceremony for the 2019 edition of the EDF Pulse start-up Awards took place on Wednesday 16th October in Paris. 7 awards were granted among the 12 European finalists of this 6th edition. What do they have in common? They think of innovation as a strength to be shared and they share a communicative energy.
“More than 300 candidates is impressive!”
Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman and CEO of the EDF group, opened the ceremony taking place in Paris underneath the Pont Alexandre III with these enthusiastic words: “We are proud to show that EDF is a great group, improving alongside and thanks to start-ups.”
This was also highlighted by Alexandre Perra, EDF group Senior Executive Vice-President, Innovation, Strategy and Planning: “Working with others is a strong conviction of the EDF group. Start-ups, in particular, are important for development.”
Sharing, innovation, support, collaboration, etc. are key interests in the EDF Pulse start-up Awards.
60 seconds per finalist
The evening went on with the 12 finalists’ pitching. They each had 60 seconds to present their innovation to the audience, and following three categories: Sustainable territories, Future of work, and Connected wellness.
3 special mentions to start the awards ceremony
Anicet Mbida, innovation radio host on Europe 1 and member of the EDF Pulse start-up Awards Grand Jury, took the stage to award three “Special mentions”, granted by the Jury for the first time ever this year.
The "Societal asset" mention was given to D’un seul geste for its connected first-aid training solution. This award could not come at a more appropriate time according to the awardee as, “October 16th is the international day for cardiac arrest awareness.”
The "Best newcomer" mention rewards a team with a high potential behind Mob-Energy. The autonomous and mobile robot makes it easy to charge electric vehicles in any car parks. Discover the project Mob-Energy
As for the 3rd mention, it honours WATTALPS for its "Contribution to the environment". This start-up makes it possible for building sites to pollute less thanks to modular batteries.Discover the project WATTALPS
Each of these three start-ups will benefit from a communication campaign relayed by the EDF group.
MedTech dominates the 2019 podium of the EDF Pulse start-up Awards
A 3rd prize to improve care of chronic wounds
Laurence Devillers, professor in Artificial Intelligence at the Sorbonne, took on the task of breaking the suspense. The 3rd prize, worth € 30,000, went to Grapheal, the biostimulant dressing that accelerates healing. "A tool that puts the patient at the centre of the healthcare system and allows significant cost reductions," said his delighted laureate.
The 2nd Jury Prize was presented by Aude Vinzerich, head of artificial intelligence at EDF, and awarded to BeON Energy, the plug-and-play solar panel, you connect as easily as a refrigerator. BeON received a development envelope of € 50,000.
And the 1st Prize for a major advance in radiotherapy
Jean-Bernard Lévy had the honour of revealing the name of the winner for this 6th edition of the EDF Pulse Start-up Awards: TheraPanacea and its innovation, which improves the treatment of cancer, by putting artificial intelligence at the service of radiotherapy. "This award is very important for our team," said the laureate who came to collect the trophy for the start-up, who also won a prize of € 100,000.
SAUREA, the autonomous photovoltaic motor. "The EDF Pulse contest has forced us to strive and do better," said the president of the start-up, which won a prize of € 50,000, awarded by Alexandre Perra, Senior Executive Vice-President, Innovation, Strategy and Planning at EDF.