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16 November 2018
Budapest, Hungary
EIT Joint Grand Final 2018

EIT Joint Grand Final 2018

The best 40 innovative startups and teams from Central-Eastern and Southern Europe will pitch in front of international investors, corporate partners and the EIT Community’s networks at the EIT Joint Grand Final on 16th November 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.

Meet the stars of the event:

  • Finalists of the EIT Health European Health Catapult, the best-of-the-best business concepts from medtech, biotech and digital health
  • Finalists of the EIT Health Headstart Competition, emerging companies supported by EIT Health to accelerate market entry and create new economic activity
  • Finalists of EIT Health InnoStars Awards, companies validating their prototype on the market with the help of EIT Health
  • Finalists of the Joint Business Ideas Competition, the sector-agnostic idea contest organized by EIT Health, EIT RawMaterials and EIT Food

Keynote speakers:

Martin Kern – Interim Director, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Martin Kern has been the Interim Director and Chief Operating Officer at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) since 01 August 2014.
Prior to joining the EIT, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy, having started his career with a short stint at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
Working for the EU he held a variety of positions, the latest being Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia, where he coordinated the programming and implementation of EU funds to bring Serbia closer to EU accession. Previously he worked as country coordinator for financial assistance for the Turkey team in DG Enlargement. He started his career in the EU in Lithuania and Estonia, working in the EU Delegations and helping the two countries join the EU. 

Sebastian F Kowitz, founder and CEO of Talpasolutions

Sebastian is CEO and founder of talpasolutions, a Essen-based data science company. talpasolutions has developed a software platform with the help of which machines can be networked, data collected, findings can be generated to optimize machine performance, downtimes can be minimized and companies in the mining industry can be supported in complying with safety regulations. By offering data storage and management for big data sets as well as live data processing, talpasolutions enables pattern discovery and intuitive analysis of large data volumes. The major benefit arises in rapid assessment of Big Data by predictive and prescriptive analysis through machine learning for time-critical decisions. talpasolutions is a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University and was founded in 2016 by mining engineers and software experts. The focus is on data-driven decision support from miners for miners. talpasolutions offers innovative solutions and recommendations for process optimization for mine operators and machine manufacturers.

Dr. Gyula Dékány, founder of Glycom and CarboCode

Gyula Dekany is a Hungarian born scientist who has been working on novelty generation in the fields of molecular biology, glycobiology and biology of human diseases, furthermore, in synthetic sciences including organic chemistry, enzyme engineering, biocatalysis, metabolic engineering, fermentation, analytics, isolation, purification and separation technologies.
Gyula Dekany is also an entrepreneur triggering global innovations related to the commercialization of scientific novelties generated via its own research and development activities by establishing companies; designing products for pharmaceutical, nutrition and cosmetic use; securing product and technology related intellectual properties; organizing regulatory approvals for products; managing safety-toxicology and efficacy studies; furthermore, creating channels and networks for successful commercialization activities. 

Why attend? Find partnerships and design your startup journey at EIT Community’s largest thematic pitching competition in Central-Eastern and Southern Europe.

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The event is organized jointly by EIT Health, EIT RawMaterials and EIT Food under EIT’s Regional Innovation Scheme. KICs are supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.


Sponsor of the special prize

Closed since 15 November 2018
Location Hilton Budapest (1-4 Hess András square, Castle district)