Munich/Hanover, 1 June 2022

It was a great firework of innovations! – The finals of the 13th Innovation World Cup® took place on the Industrial Start-up Stage at HANNOVER MESSE, the world’s leading fair in industrial transformation, on Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 16:00 – 18:00 CET.

Here are the Top15 Techpreneurs 2022 who pitched their solutions live in front of the expert jury including senior representatives of STMicroelectronics, Siemens, Würth Elektronik, and EBV Elektronik:

Industrial IoT:
Altered Carbon (UK) – Intelligent digitization of scent
GreaseBoss (Australia) – Digital transformation of greasing industrial equipment
Ladon Energy (Germany) – Ladon energy box
Ligna Energy (Sweden) – Ligna S-Power – Batteries from forest materials (Portugal) – Automated system for defect prevention & waste reduction in textiles
XELA Robotics (Japan) – Providing the human sense of touch to robots

Energy & Safety:
Passive Eye (UK) – Passive Eye self-sustaining monitor
PEEK (Germany) – A new and innovative way to protect power grid workers on the field
Serinus Labs (US) – Early warning sensors for lithium-ion battery safety

CrowdScan (Belgium) – The future of crowd analytics
Energiot (Spain) – Global battery-free IoT network for a smarter grid
Vourity (Sweden) – Vourity embedded payments

FELCO (Switzerland) – Digivitis solution for precision viticulture
NAUST Robotics (Denmark) – Upgrading agriculture with autonomous drones
Soil Scout (Finland) – Wireless soil condition sensor

Based on the level of innovation, go-to-market approach, commercial potential and sustainability, the expert jury announced The World’s Top Techpreneurs 2022:

“The Innovation World Cup® Pitch & Award Ceremony is the culmination of a great competition and a process that brings us insights into some of the most innovative techpreneur projects in fields related to our strategy. As every year, picking the winners is not easy given the breadth and depth of innovation on display in each of the categories of Industrial IoT, Energy & Safety, City, and Agriculture. We were particularly pleased this year to be able to award Altered Carbon, a leader in sensor innovation, as the winner of the ST Industrial Innovation Challenge.”Gerard Cronin, Head of Marketing Communications (Director), STMicroelectronics.

“As always, a great Innovation World Cup® Pitch & Award Ceremony that brings together the most ground-breaking IoT techpreneurs, not only in the field of Industrial but also Energy & Safety, Smart City and Agriculture. They show numerous innovative ideas; and beyond that, they are capable of turning these ideas into valuable products with high commercial potential and market entry. The Innovation World Cup® finals at HANNOVER MESSE is no doubt a great opportunity for corporates and IoT start-ups to meet & network, initiate collaborations and form strategic partnership.”Alexander Gerfer, CTO, Würth Elektronik.

The World’s Top Techpreneurs 2022 will now make imprints in the Hall of Fame of the Innovation World Cup® – the international award and catalyst for future innovations in the Internet of Things, Wearable Technologies and DeepTech. Beyond that, they will receive significant supports from global leading tech experts, potential investors, and business partners to scale up further successfully.

The 14th Innovation World Cup® is already open for submissions. Start-ups, scale-ups and innovative SMEs worldwide can take part for free. For more information, visit:


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 and previous partners include STMicroelectronics, EBV Elektronik, Würth Elektronik, Microtronics, VOSS Automotive, AiQ Smart Clothing, VARTA Microbattery, Google, Intel, Swisscom, Ericsson, Telefonica, Gemalto, Samsung, and many more. Participation is free of charge.

Further partners include 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, Innovative City, Innovability, CENSIS, MEDICA, Invest in Bavaria, MIT Enterprise Forum Poland, Technoport, THINGS Stockholm, Munich Startup, InfoShare, IFJ, ITRI, INN.KUBATOR, TechBBQ, SUCCUS, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, VJTI- Technology Business Incubator, Upgraded Life, and many more.

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