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EIT Talent Scouts select EU4TECH WB PoC Teams – 4 teams join Jumpstarter 2021

WB PoC is delighted to announce that 4 WB PoC teams have been selected to join the EIT Jumpstarter program in 2021. Serbian projects Mito-Fert-Signature and Fungpack, both from the University of Novi Sad, and North Macedonian start-up projects Innopod and ‘Snail Mucus Products‘ join a select group of ‘Jumpstarters’ that will now be offered intensive support to bring their early stage technology to market.

Mito-Fert-Signature is a new prognostic/diagnostic tool to detect male (in/sub) fertility using mitochondrial markers in spermatozoa. The Mit-REBELS team is led by Professor Silvana Andric, head of the Laboratory for Reproductive Endocrinology and Signaling (LaRES), part of the nationally accredited Center of Excellence for Reproductive Endocrinology and Signaling (CeRES), Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad.

Project Fungpack, led by Professor Maja Karman from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, head of the Laboratory for mycology – ProFungi, is using agricultural waste material and fungal mycelia as natural binding agents to produce green, biodegradable, and sustainable fungal based composite biomass for industry packaging.

Project Innopod, led by Filip Kostadinoski from start-up Fixigo, aims to develop a wireless sensor platform based on IoT technology for the agricultural sector that will enable efficient irrigation and more accurate application of nutrients while gathering data for further development.

Project ‘Snail Mucus Products’, from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, led by Professors Radmil Polenakovikj and Trajce Velkovski  (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering), Marija Glavas Dodov and Maja Simonoska Crcarevska (Faculty of Pharmacy) and Professor Bojan Jovanovski from FH Joanneum University in Graz, together with company AGRO LINK, aims to bring to market advanced wound dressings containing natural raw materials (snail slime/mucus and one or more herbal extracts) as active substances incorporated into a biopolymer network with complex healing properties.

EIT Jumpstarter is the flagship, cross-industrial pre-acceleration programme of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). With the contribution of best-in-class experts, creative community, unique know-how the action aims to support idea-holders to turn their ideas into business. EIT Jumpstarter helps innovators and entrepreneurs build a viable business model around their innovative product or service idea, validate it and if their business idea is proven to be sustainable, the EIT Jumpstarter team encourages them to register their company.

Focus on Central-Eastern and Southern European talents

The programme has a special focus on Central-Eastern and Southern European talents who want to validate their business concept, develop a business plan and pitch their ideas to the potential future investors. In the previous editions, over 90 teams from 13 countries were already trained, mentored and supported in expanding impactful ideas into powerful business models.

For more information on the 4 projects see Supported Projects on the EU4TECH.eu webpage.

For more information on EIT Jumpstarter see: https://eit.europa.eu/our-activities/opportunities/eit-jumpstarter-2021

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