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16 November 2016 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Start-up Award Winner 2016


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World’s first conformable, full-colour, video-rate organic LCD on plastic

FlexEnable has developed a full colour, low-cost, conformable organic LCD (OLCD) display and manufacturing process that will enable new product paradigms across multiple industries including wearables, mobile, automotive and digital signage.


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The judging panel commented:

“The winner demonstrates how decades of dedication to research in plastic electronics is finally paying off with exciting, practical real-world applications.”


Also shortlisted:


Non-contact and continuous optical sensor for authentication and bio-sensing

Our unique laser based remote sensing technology extracts heart beating rate and shape (used for authentication), respiration rate and blood pulse pressure. The high performance authentication and the bio-sensing capability of the sensor is obtained based on its capability for highly accurate remote and continuous sensing of the changes in the nano-vibrations associated with the heart beats of the subject positioned within the field of view of the sensor.

ContinUse Biometrics and Bar-Ilan University

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High speed 3D scanning platform from Fuel3D

Founded in 2013, Fuel3D has raised millions and grown to more than 35 staff to accelerate development of its unique 3D scanning technology. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the company launched the SCANIFY 3D scanner and has expanded its platform to support development of custom 3D solutions for enterprise applications.


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Highly intelligent climate infrastructure for sustainable and liveable cities

The CityTree is a freestanding unit, which contains specific moss cultures that eats particulate matter (PM), nitrogen dioxide and ozone – together offsetting 240 t CO2e/year. The construction contains smart sensors collecting environmental as well as climatic data, to regulate and control the unit and ensure that moss culture survives.

Green City Solutions

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Low-cost pressure and shear sensors in wireless patient monitoring devices

Debilitating diabetic foot ulcerations have major consequences for patient mobility and health authority budgets. If relevant forces could be accurately and systematically monitored, ulceration could be prevented. HCi Viocare has developed a patent-pending, insole-based technology, which can accurately record deformation, pressure, shear and torque across the foot, via Bluetooth technology.

HCi Viocare

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Start-up information


Category scope

Entries to the IET Start-up Innovation Award are welcomed from engineering start-ups which can demonstrate that they have solved a worthwhile problem and achieved early commercial traction.

We want to hear about the problem that you have addressed the technical novelty and innovation of your solution, and how this will significantly change the world for the better.

Please describe how your market is evolving, who your competitors are, significant technical challenges that you have overcome, and how your innovative start-up stands out from the crowd.

The judges particularly want to see evidence that you have got beyond the “idea” stage and have evidence demonstrating that the rest of the world sees value in what you are doing.


What’s a Start-up?

For this competition the key criteria are that the company:

  • Thinks of itself as a start-up
  • Is pursuing a business model which should be highly scalable, i.e. to grow fast
  • Is disruptive of the status-quo
  • Is still developing very rapidly - and probably its market is too
  • Is less than five years from inception
  • May or may not be profitable