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Women Startup Challenge
2017 Europe
Grand Prize: Simprints
May 3, 2017 at City Hall in London
Simprints, a startup that aims to become the first identity provider for the 1.5 billion people who do not have formal IDs, won the €50,000 grand prize. The event was cohosted by the Office of the Mayor of London.

Women Startup Challenge 2017 Europe Finalists



Kristina Tsvetanova

BLITAB® is the world's first “tablet” for the blind, creating tactile text and graphics. The award-winning  BLITAB® tablet empowers blind users to learn, work, and play with one mobile device, to have digital access to information in real time.



Elsa Hermal

Epicery is an app that allows people to order fresh food online directly from local artisan shops, with one-hour delivery. The best butchers, fishmongers, cheese makers, organic fruits and vegetables, pastries of your city are now available on-demand and delivered to your door at your convenience.



Dr Maria Chatzou

Lifebit is democratising the analysis and understanding of the operating system of genomics using genetic big data to leap-forward cures, disease prevention, and our quality and understanding of life. Their unified framework system enables insightful real-time genomics analyses that are easy to deploy, portable across clusters and clouds, scalable, reproducible, and more time and cost-efficient. 


Open Bionics

Samantha Payne
Open Bionics is revolutionising the healthcare industry by using 3D scanning and 3D printing to dramatically cut the cost of fitting hand amputees with robotic prosthetics. The company blends robotics, inclusive design, fashion, and wearable technology to create lightweight, affordable prosthetics that are inspiring to wear.

See Fashion

Ivana Ojukwu

See Fashion is a discovery platform that helps fashion brands identify new trends and buying opportunities in their market. They collect data from their designers' e-commerce site and marketplace to provide highly segmented and contextualised product insights in real-time.



Alexandra Grigore

Simprints developed an inexpensive biometric scanner, mobile app and cloud platform, that has become the first source of providing identity to the 1.5B people who do not have formal IDs. By using people’s fingerprints to accurately link them to records, Simprints is creating a world where lack of identity is never the reason why anyone is denied the services, care, and rights they deserve.


Sound Bounce

Rhona Togher

Sound Bounce is a game-changing acoustic metamaterial. Independently tested and proven to be 100x more effective at attenuating noise over the most widely used acoustic foams. It’s thinner and can be deployed in many operational environments, including automotive, aerospace, construction, and more.

Kate McLaughlin of POP

We Got POP

Kate McLaughlin
POP is the marketplace for film and TV Production. POP’s mission is to enable productions to book, manage, and pay for all people and services required to make their show seamlessly through one beautiful, integrated platform. POP is introducing innovative technology that brings efficiency to an industry surprisingly reliant on laborious, manual, old school processes.


Colleen Wong

TechSixtyFour's My Gator Watch is a wearable mobile phone and tracker made for children. It has no internet, games, or social media, so kids will be more active.

Caritta Seppa


Caritta Seppa

Tespack provides mobile energy creation on the move with its smart clothes and Smart Wear. Combining state-of-the-art connectivity features, Tespack technology solves the biggest problems of smart clothing, battery life, and connectivity. Tespack’s clients range from Vodafone to the United Nations to General Electric.