Three UK startups win share of €650,000 from Open Data Incubator for Europe

The Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE) is a joint project from the Open Data Institue (ODI), the University of Southampton, Telefonica and The Guardian, with new startups recruited every two months up until August 2016.

Open to businesses across Europe, the programme challenges startups and SMEs to generate sustainable ventures with the use of open data. With the first seven winners from the inaugural ODINE revealed, they’ll receive up to €100k from a €650,000 pot.

Meanwhile, an additional €5m is still available for up to 70 companies that would like to enter upcoming rounds in the next year.

In addition to funding, finalists will also secure advice from business mentors, networking with peers, access to technology and data, coverage in The Guardian’s blog, as well as introductions to investors and training in open data and business management.

“Our first ODINE winners, some of Europe’s top innovators, are using open data in order to create solutions that otherwise wouldn’t exist – everything from the tracking of infectious disease, to creating an e-marketplace for bio-waste,” said Ulrich Atz, startup programme manager at the ODI.

“ODINE aims to find and foster the best, sustainable open data businesses out there, and support them to fast-track the development of their products. We are confident that we are championing the best of European ingenuity, and eagerly anticipate more applications.”

The first round winners are:

UK

Sickly – gathers open data on the spread of infectious illnesses amongst children, while its free app allows parents to report their child’s sickness to the school. The aim is to support public health organisations.

Thingful – uses Internet of Things to search and deliver geographical index of connected objects around the world, including energy, radiation, weather, air quality devices, seismographs, beacons, ships, aircraft and animal trackers. (www.thingful.net)

Pikhaya Smart Streets – offers market intelligence to help entrepreneurs and local councils assess the business potential in empty commercial properties in deprived urban centres, aggregating data based on local consumer purchasing behaviour. ()

France

CommoPrices – a web portal of business intelligence which publishes over 1,600 commodity prices.

Italy

InSymbio – a B2B e-marketplace that aims to make one company’s bio-based residues and waste another company’s raw material.

Austria

BikeCitizens – a platform for the urban cyclist community, its free app is available for more than 200 cities across Europe, and comes with offer offline navigation, route planning and tracking.

Estonia

Instats.co – a web service helping knowledge workers who need to find and visualise datasets to simplify creation of insightful presentations.

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“Our communities and high streets depend on stimulating the growth of new independent businesses,” said Gavin Chait, founder of Pikhaya Smart Streets.

“The support of the ODINE programme will help Pikhaya Smart Streets to use open data to deliver a free market research service to entrepreneurs, giving them insight equivalent to that usually only affordable to branded chains. Besides the funding, access and support in talking to local authorities so that they have the confidence to release their data to us.”

Jeremy Mabbitt, co-founder of Sickly, added: “We started Sickly to gather important open data on the spread of infectious diseases. Now we’ve proven our concept – with rapid take-up and an enthusiastic response from schools and parents – we couldn’t be more delighted to win ODINE’s recognition. 

“It will be a huge boost to us as we now start rolling out our free service more widely, gathering much more data and seeing that it’s put to good use in improving public health.”

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