Google-backed British startup NearSt wins top 10 European Startups Award 2019 at Emerce eDay

Google-backed British startup NearSt wins top 10 European Startups Award 2019 at Emerce eDay

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Emerce is a multi-channel platform related to media, marketing, digital business, venture & tech. It offers inspiration and knowledge to e-businesses. The Emerce platform provides Emerce 100, newsletters, 24/7 news, a magazine, webinars and events. Well, the Emerce eDay is a notable event, where digital, innovation, and great minds converge.

At the Emerce eDay on Thursday, attendees were treated with the freshest content related to businesses, case studies, strategies, technologies, and concepts. Having said that, at the event on October 10, London-based NearSt, a retail technology startup was awarded the winner of the Emerce Top 10 European Startups 2019. Harver, a Dutch full suite candidate selection platform trails behind at the second spot.

Without further ado, here we list the 10 startups including the winner that were the finalists of the Emerce Top 10 European Startups 2019. This list has been compiled by the editors of Emerce with input obtained from VCs, bankers, M&A specialists, and journalists from across Western Europe.

Picture credits: NearSt

NearSt (London)

Founders: Max Kreijn, Nick Brackenbury, Thomas Schoffelen
Founded year: 2015

NearSt is a London-based retail technology company which has received investments from Google and gets people back into high street shops. The company connects every product in every shop across the world to the web, which makes it easy for buyers to find what they want at a nearby store as similar as they would do it online. NearSt’s technology, NearLive connects a shop’s inventory system and converts stock into quality live inventory. The company believes that its tech can transform the way the world thinks about the retail industry.

Picture credits: Harver

Harver (Amsterdam)

Founders: Barend Raaff
Funding: €25.9 million
Valuation: €54 million – €81 million
Founded year: 2010

Harver is a pre-employment assessment platform for companies looking forward to hire new talent. Several hundreds of innovative companies use this platform to digital transform their candidate selection process and recruit top talent. The company has offices in Amsterdam, London, and New York. Harver provides an intelligent way for companies to evaluate and automate various aspects of candidate selection and fight the bias in the process.

Picture credits: The Future Group

The Future Group (Oslo)

Founders: Bård Anders Kasin,Jens Petter Høili
Funding: €30.9 million
Valuation: €20 million – €30 million
Founded year: 2013

The Future Group has pioneered the use of real-time visual effects to produce cutting-edge cross-reality productions and technology. It is an international award-winning technology and creative services company offering easily accessible next-generation software products and services for virtual production. This way, The Future Group enables the creation of both photo-realistic graphics and visual effects in real-time. Pixotope is a new type of creative platform leveraging Unreal-powered real-time visual effects for various purposes.

Picture credits: Bitwala

Bitwala (Berlin)

Founders: Benjamin Jones, Jan Goslicki, Jörg von Minckwitz
Funding: €19.4 million
Valuation: €52 million – €75 million
Founded year: 2015

Bitwala is Germany’s cryptocurrency flagship with the mission of building the bank to bridge traditional and blockchain-based finance. Berlin-based Bitwala offers the world’s first all-in-one platform, which brings a Bitcoin wallet, a regular bank account, and seamless bitcoin trading options together. As of 2018, the blockchain startup has traded over €11 million, and has customers in Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, and UK.

Picture credits: Hiber

Hiber (Amsterdam)

Founders: Coen Janssen, Erik Wienk, Ernst Peter Hovinga, Laurens Groenendijk, Maarten Engelen
Funding: €7.1 million
Valuation: $20 million – $30 million
Founded year: 2016

Hiber is an electric team of like-minded, seriously motivated, and big-hearted people who want to change the world for good. It is a Dutch space startup that was founded by executives with experience in e-commerce, satellite tech, and digital innovation. Last year, Hiber collaborated with Amazon Web Services and was named the AWS Commercial Launch Startup of 2018.

Picture credits: Unifly

Unifly (Antwerp)

Founders: Andres Van Swalm, Hans Schrauwen, Jürgen Verstaen, Koen Meuleman
Funding: €23.2 million
Valuation: €68 million – €102 million
Founded year: 2015

Antwerp-based Unifly is a software company developing unmanned traffic management software for drones. The company aims to provide safe integration of drones into the airspace with its software. Unifly already has some national level contracts under its belt. It’s services are employed by the ANSPs of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and Austria, and it is the selected provider in several US regions.

Picture credits: Reminiz

Reminiz (Paris)

Founders: Jack Habra
Funding: €2 million
Valuation: €8 million – €12 million
Founded year: 2013

Paris-based Reminiz is a face recognition app, which enables its users to identify celebrities through a smartphone. This startup scans celebrity images and displays information such as news, social network accounts, biographies, and more. The service provided by Reminiz can be integrated with Smart TV, Set-top-box, and tablets.

Picture credits: Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go (Copenhagen)

Founders: Mette Lykke
Funding: €10.3 million
Valuation: €24 million – €36 million
Founded year: 2015

Copenhagen-based Too Good To Go is a leading app in Europe that fights food waste, thereby minimising pollution caused due to the same. The free app connects customers to supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries, etc. with a surplus, unsold food. In September this year, Too Good To Go acquired weSAVEeat, a Spanish app working to prevent food waste in Barcelona and Madrid by partnering with hundreds of establishments.

Picture credits: Lifesum

Lifesum (Stockholm)

Founders: Henrik Torstensson, Marcus Gners
Funding: €19.7 million
Valuation: $20 million – $30 million
Founded year: 2013

Lifesum based in Stockholm is a nutrition app, which works across devices including wearables, smartphones, and connected devices. The app provides personalised meal plans and health recipes too. It provides users with food tracking, nutritional insights, and more features. It is a leading health app in several countries across Europe and has offices in Los Angeles and Stockholm.

Picture credits: Spacemaker

Spacemaker (Oslo)

Founders: Anders Kvale, Carl Christensen, Håvard Haukeland
Funding: €22.7 million
Valuation: $100 million – $150 million
Founded year: 2016

Spacemaker creates a design and construction simulation software based on Artificial Intelligence aimed at property development. This startup lets users explore and generate site proposals, sort the best ones and provide detailed analyses. Spacemaker carriers the credits of having developed the world’s first platform letting developers and architects use AI to bring about optimal solutions to the multi-building residential development design.

Main image picture credits: Emerce

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