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Above all, Antwerp is a very diverse and international city. With over 171 nationalities, it is no wonder that some of the most highly innovative ideas are born in this region. Through its successful startup policy, Antwerp doubled the number of startups over the past years and fostered their rapid growth into scale-ups. As a part of the Open Theme with main topics on Health; Smart Cities, Mobility & Logistics; Energy Transition & Cleantech; and Smart Industry, we are delighted to present the 6 finalists that are supporting the City of Antwerp to occupy a place in the European top 10 scale-up cities.

Disinfect Group was established in April 2020 as a response to society’s needs following the COVID-19 pandemic. The company provides safe entry solutions to support businesses post lockdown with additional reassurance and safety measures. Their innovative sanitation booths offer multiple options such as temperature checking, attendee management, hand sanitisation and head to toe misting. 

Dockflow is a maritime logistics company that helps businesses, governments and industries to accelerate the transition from traditional supply chains to interconnected sets of agile and dynamic trade networks, by leveraging already available data to implement new technologies. 

IPEE integrates technology into sanitary ware to add value to existing products in terms of sustainability, comfort and design. Their innovative solutions reduce the amount of water usage, increases efficiency and assures hygiene. 

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kazi is a HR tech company that supports public administrations and private organizations to retain and acquire the right talent. KAZI developed the world`s first talent expectations scanning technology to identify in advance the most important expectations behind both talent and job opportunities in order to boost employee engagement and retention.

Qpinch is a radical innovation in industrial heat pump technology that can make industrial processes up to 50% more energy efficient, bringing substantial cash savings and emission reduction. Being inspired by the energy system of living cells, they designed a heat transformer that upgrades waste heat to process heat used to drive industrial processes.

Bao Living designs and commercialises systems that make housing more affordable and sustainable. They developed an innovative building process, called Smart Adaptive Module (SAM), which can save the equivalent emissions of a car that would drive around the world (4 tons of CO2). 

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