Huawei Polska backs 10 StartUps

Huawei Polska and Startup Academy have started the next stage of the second edition of the Huawei Startup Challenge competition, the aim of which is to select the most innovative Polish startups actively working for the sustainable development of the world. Ten innovators from the renewable energy, IT and FoodTech sectors will compete for three cash prizes in the amount of PLN 100,000, 60,000 and PLN 40,000 in the final. The winners of the competition will be announced in March 2022 during the final gala of Huawei Startup Challenge II.

A group of experts and experts from the world of science, business and public administration, ten startups selected out of 20 semi-finalists, which harness technologies in the most innovative way to counteract climate change and protect our planet.

These are:

DAC (DynamicAirCooling) with the most ecological cooling solution; MakeGrowLab, which focused on reducing the production of plastic packaging by replacing it with biodegradable material; The True Green – a substitute for hard wood based on fibrous hemp; StorkJet that maintains airline software that optimizes in-flight fuel consumption; SunRoof Technology – integrated 2-in-1 photovoltaic roofs and an energy marketplace, Plan Be Eco – a tool supporting the process of achieving climate neutrality of the company and carbon footprint reporting; NanoSci – air purifying photocatalytic engines, Hydrum – a chemical reactor that is able to work without the costly water treatment as a raw material; MaasLoop – compact crushers for glass bottles and Vegan Manufactura – a marketplace for food producers and food tech startups that can use the free capacity of already existing production plants.

The task of competing startups was, in the first place, to prepare a sustainable development strategy, in which they would present their activities aimed at making our planet better for future generations. Then the participants confronted their own innovative solutions with mentors, and also had time to improve the projects. The last activity was the recording of a 2-minute video presenting the strategy for further development.

“We are very pleased with the enthusiasm and activity of participants who pursue their passions, while strengthening the Polish potential in the field of environmental and climate protection. Combining competences and resources as well as various perspectives make business and startups of a positive impact complement each other perfectly, responding to complex social and environmental problems and increasing their effectiveness in joint action for a better tomorrow. We work with this type of organization in various areas on a daily basis. We believe that a positive impact is possible only thanks to effective partnerships, especially when both parties are concerned with much more than running a business” – says Karolina Piotrowska, a board member of Startup Academy.

The main theme of the competition is the idea of ​​#TechForBetterPlanet. In the recruitment process, technological solutions that help to combat the negative effects of human impact on the natural environment were sought. Among the 226 applications, projects related to the development of renewable energy sources (12%), support for the circular economy (12%) or technologies helping to reduce food waste (8%) dominated.

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