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BIOSYNTIA from Denmark wins the 2012 CleanTech Open Global Ideas Competition

On the 8th November, Biosyntia from Denmark beat innovative cleantech startups from all over the world to win the coveted the top prize in the Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition. Biosyntia ( offers high-performance cell factories for fermentation of fine chemicals for manufacturing companies, enabling them to cut production costs by up to 80 percent, while gaining a significantly greener profile. Runners-up were SP3H ( of France (a device installed in engines that drastically reduces fuel consumption and pollution), and BRD Motorcycles ( of the USA (the first electric motorcycle to demonstrate a clear superiority over its gas-powered predecessors). Now in its fourth year, the Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition looks to find ‘big ideas’ by working at a grass-roots level, supporting and fostering those ideas through Cleantech Open partner organizations worldwide, including many GEW hosts from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Costa Rica and beyond. Kevin Braithwaite, Chair of the Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition commented “It is no coincidence that the winning team came from a country that is very supportive of entrepreneurship, technological innovation and environmental innovation. It was a very close final but for the second time in the competition’s history, entrepreneurial scientists and engineers from Denmark have risen to the top. We are truly excited about the diversity and strength of teams that we saw from around the world this year and look forward to working with many of them over the months and years to come.” Orchestrated in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, startups from around the world competed in their respective countries for national awards, with the national winners facing off at the Global Forum for a prize worth $100,000 in startup services. This year, more than 1,000 applications were submitted in 30+ countries around the world, with finalist teams from 11 countries traveling to compete at the Global Forum in-person and other finalists participating remotely via video. Six national winners with the highest scores were then selected to present to a final jury of investors and technology experts: Biosyntia – Denmark (Energy Efficiency) Biosyntia offers high-performance cell factories for fermentation of fine chemicals for manufacturing companies, enabling them to cut production costs by up to 80%, while gaining a greener profile. BRD Motorcycles – USA (Transportation) BRD builds better motorcycles - faster, easier, prettier and more economical - that happen to be electric. Our first product, the 2013 RedShift motocrosser, has been called “the first electric to demonstrate a clear superiority over its gas predecessors.” enLighten – Australia (Energy Efficiency) enLighten Australia designs and supplies highly efficient LED lighting for commercial, industrial and residential strata applications, reducing energy consumption by up to 93% compared with traditional fluorescent lighting. Lumos – Israel (Renewable Energy) Lumos brings affordable energy to 1.5B people in the off-grid world by providing a "home power station in a box" - a new type of solar panel that allows users to purchase electricity on demand using their mobile phone. Solar Mobility – Dominican Republic (Transportation) Solar Mobility’s vision is to enable the replacement of fossil fuel transportation with solar powered vehicles, by providing disruptive, 8 minutes, low cost charging technology; introducing new trends in the transportation industry and new business models! SP3H – France (Transportation) SP3H provides optical analysis through a small device installed in engines for fuel quality and specificity (carbon chain analysis). This enables allows a drastic reduction in consumption and pollution by dynamically adapting the parameters of the motor.

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