At a presentation ceremony in Brussels last week, an independent international selection panel identified eight EC-funded research projects as the worthy winners of this year’s CommBeBiz Awards.  Each project demonstrated the highest business or social innovation potential to address major challenges across food, health, agriculture and environment sectors. 
The eight winners presented their projects at the EBN Congress in Brussels on 29th October to an audience of judges, industry experts, EBN’s special interest group and the media. 
Judge Richard Watson, an early stage investment specialist from Ireland, said, “Overall I was impressed with the quality of the applications. Some are very close to market, others are at an early concept stage with good potential.”
The 2015 CommBeBiz Award winners are:
ATBEST: Biogas plant feasibility calculator - Ireland
microBSP: micro-current device for the detection and prevention of bedsores- France
CHEMANAGER: Solution for decreasing pesticide usage in agricultural processes - Hungary
FOODSCAN: Portable, automated biosensor platform for contaminant detection - Germany
PROteINSECT: enabling the exploitation of insects as a sustainable source of protein for animal feed - UK
SMARTSILO: Collaborative platform to remotely control the compound feed stocks in livestock farms - Spain
TREAT&USE: water treatment technology for agriculture - Spain
VIZZATA: Online software to collect stakeholder opinion (from the FoodRisCproject) - Ireland
Each project will now receive a tailored support package to help them reach their innovation goals, whatever their stage of research or development. Winners will be matched to innovation specialists who can help meet their projects’ needs. This prize will be delivered via EBN’s quality-certified BICS (business and innovation centres) – a community of professionals who support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises), enabling growth in the most effective, efficient and sustainable way.