Munich, May 2021

And the winner of the 4th EBV IOT HERO is…BeFC – Bioenzymatic Fuel Cell!

This year, the “Oscars for best European IoT Innovators” powered by EBV Elektronik, Europe’s largest semiconductor distributor, supporting European IoT start-ups in successfully realizing their products and entering the market, happened at the 39th WT|Wearable Technologies Conference EUROPE on 28 April 2021.

The finals of the 4th EBV IOT HERO took place during the exciting 12th IOT/WT Innovation World Cup® pitch and award ceremony, where the world´s top 15 wearable and EBV IOT HERO finalists pitched their solutions live.

The top4 ground-breaking European IoT Innovators 2021 running for the prize have been selected among over 600 contestants running in the 12th IOT/WT Innovation World Cup® (in alphabetical order):

  • BeFC, BeFC – Bioenzymatic Fuel Cells, France
    BeFC – the sustainable and eco-friendly energy solution for low-power electronics
  • Bluetentacles s.r.l., Bluetentacles Solution, Italy
    Water less, grow more
  • Shayp, Shayp – The Easy-to-use device that will help you save water, Belgium
    Shayp : 20% less water in buildings with a single plug’n’play sensor
  • SunSense AS, SunSense personal UV and sunlight tracker wearable, Norway
    Digital UV real-time tracking technology – helping people enjoy sunshine without worries

The presentation of these disruptive solutions on stage has been a tight race, concluding in the live evaluation of the jury dropping the curtain and crowning the winner: BeFC – Bioenzymatic Fuel Cell!

BeFC makes electricity with papers and enzymes. In addition, BeFC provides dedicated digital platforms combining sensors, microprocessors and low energy wireless communication modules.

“This year the level of innovation presented at the finals of the 4th EBV IOT HERO was really impressive. At EBV the whole team is excited to have BeFC as the next EBV IoT Hero and taking their sustainable and eco-friendly solution to the next level together!” said Frank-Steffen Russ, Senior Director Market Segments, EBV Elektronik.

The winner BeFC – Bioenzymatic Fuel Cell is already thrilled about the benefits from the award:

  • Collaboration with EBV’s StartmeUp team, dedicated to support start-up companies including engineering, sourcing, and logistics
  • A cash prize of 10,000 Euro
  • Free marketing package and further support from the Innovation World Cup® Series
  • The name of the winner will be permanently published on the INNOVATION WORLD CUP Hall of Fame.

The recording of the ceremony is still available on-demand by registering for free on

Start-ups and scale-ups can now submit their IoT solutions to the 13th IOT/WT Innovation World Cup® & 13th Healthcare Innovation World Cup® and have the chance to be part of the next finals. Participation is free of charge. More information:


Behind the scenes – The Innovation World Cup® Series

The Innovation World Cup® Series is the world’s leading open innovation platform that supports breakthrough innovations to become reality and connect techpreneurs with international tech corporations.

The Innovation World Cup® Series was initiated by Navispace GmbH in 2003. Current partners include STMicroelectronics, EBV Elektronik, Würth Elektronik, Microtronics, VOSS Automotive, AiQ Smart Clothing, and VARTA Microbattery. A panel of international industry experts selects the best solutions based on the level of innovation, marketability, and usability. Participation is free of charge.

Further partners include StartupCon, WT | Wearable Technologies, BIM World MUNICH, CSEM, AlpICT, BioAlps Association, ACCIO, Business OULU, G2 Startups, Gate Garching, Wolves Summit, Medical Valley, UnternehmerTUM, IOTWEEK, i2cat / IOT Catalan Alliance, Innovability, CENSIS, MEDICA, Invest in Bavaria, MIT Enterprise Forum Poland, Technoport, THINGS Stockholm, Munich Startup, Engerati, InfoShare, IFJ, IT2Industry, INN.KUBATOR, TechBBQ, Munich Startup, TAITRA, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, VJTI- Technology Business Incubator, Upgraded Life, and many more.


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