Genotic triumphs in the Infoshare Startup Contest – a summary of the competition

The Polish startup Genotic won EUR 20,000 in the competition, the final of which took place during the Infoshare 2023 conference. The UK startup upLYFT came in second, and the Estonian startup Beholder came in third. The prizes will be used to further develop innovative ideas.

This year’s edition of the competition selected the best Tech4Good projects. Five startups competed in the Infoshare Startup Contest final – SAY IT Labs, Beholder, Green Sequest, upLYFT and Genotic. The international jury assessed the business potential of startups, the team and the innovativeness of the presented solutions. Among the jurors were Angel investor Sarah Drinkwater, Nico Schoenenberger of 10x Founders, Andreea Constantinescu of Planet First Partners and Valeri Petrov of Eleven Ventures.

The total prize pool in the competition was EUR 30,000 in cash. The awards were funded by the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk.

What problem does the winning startup solve?
The Polish startup Genotic uses artificial intelligence to design, test and produce antibodies that are a universal tool used in research and development. In addition, it has the potential to be used in the diagnosis of infectious diseases such as: Anthrax, Plague or COVID-19.

The revolutionary nature of their solution lies in the modern method of predicting protein structures based on sequences. The use of only cell cultures in the production of proteins allows you to streamline the entire process and achieve a high level of consistency of protein batches while reducing both time, costs and eliminating the use of animals. The end product is antibodies targeting a specific antigen.

Also on the podium are startups from Estonia and Great Britain
The second place in the competition was taken by upLYFT – a startup based in London, which was created out of passion for fitness and amateur sports. The product of the awarded company, however, fulfills a much more serious function. upLYFT has produced smart medical underwear to fight musculoskeletal diseases.

Third place went to Beholder, an Estonian startup that focuses on using advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and computer image processing to solve problems with environmental monitoring. It is an AI-powered SaaS platform for mineral resource discovery.

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About the Infoshare conference
The Infoshare conference is the largest technological event in the CEE region, combining the latest technological solutions with business. Every year, thousands of participants take part in it, including startups, investors, corporate representatives, programmers and marketers. In 2023, the Infoshare conference will take place on May 24-25 at AmberExpo in Gdańsk. This year’s edition includes as many as 9 thematic stages, nearly 200 leading speakers from around the world, innovative companies and solutions presented in the Expo zone, as well as as many as 6 accompanying events, which are an opportunity for business networking. During Infoshare 2023, we will also get to know the winners of the Startup Contest, for whom 30,000 are waiting. EUR in cash and participation in InCredibles – Sebastian Kulczyk’s acceleration program.

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