Meet the 2022 shortlisted companies


An independent Jury, set up by the European Commission, has selected a shortlist of three companies per category.
The winners will be announced during a special Awards ceremony on Tuesday 29th November 2022
For the press release revealing the shortlist, see here.


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EiDF (Energía, Innovación y Desarrollo Fotovoltaico SA), founded in 2008 by the company´s CEO Mr. Fernando Romero and based in Galicia, is a Spanish company specialised in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installations. Its main activity is energy self-consumption aimed at small and large companies in order to offer them an efficient and profitable saving alternative with which to reduce energy costs and improve their competitiveness. In order to offer a comprehensive service in photovoltaic projects and complete its value chain, EiDF is in the process of completing a vertical business integration incorporating utility-scale photovoltaic generation and energy trading into its activity. These two business lines are complementary to self-consumption and will allow EiDF to cover all the energy needs of its customers. EiDF is the #1 player in the PV self-consumption market for industrial and corporate clients in Spain, with a ~10% market share.


EiDF is listed on BME, SIX Group

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Founded in 1850, Omer-Decugis & Cie is a family-owned group which specialises in fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly exotic ones, for European consumers. The Group covers the entire value chain from production to imports and has specific expertise in ripening. The Group markets fruit sourced mainly from Latin America, Africa and Europe through all distribution networks (supermarkets and superstores, out-of-home food services, specialised distribution and fresh cuts). Committed to sustainable agriculture that is respectful of regions and people, the Group obtained an “Exemplary” ESG EthiFinance rating of 82/100. Established in the Rungis market, the world’s largest fresh produce market, Omer-Decugis & Cie posted revenues of €137.6 million in 2021, representing over 119,000 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables distributed.


Omer-Decugis & Cie is listed on Euronext Paris

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Span is one of the leading Croatian and regional IT companies with continuous annual revenue growth of more than 20 percent. Present on the market for almost three decades, Span currently employs over 700 experts and generates three-quarters of its revenue on the international market. In cooperation with 40 partners, it provides IT solutions and services to more than 1,200 customers worldwide. In 2021, Span listed on the Zagreb Stock Exchange and entered a new development phase with a balanced shareholder structure including institutional investors, small investors and many of its employees, acquiring more than a thousand new shareholders.


Span is listed on Zagreb Stock Exchange

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Aiforia is a Finnish company providing image analysis software utilising artificial intelligence. Aiforia’s business model is based on the development and utilisation of AI models in the analysis of tissue and cell samples relating to medical research and diagnostics. Aiforia aims to be the global leader in AI-assisted tissue sample analytics.

From empowering researchers in the identification of novel biomarkers of disease, and supporting R&D scientists in speeding up time-to-market of novel drugs, to helping pathologists enhance the accuracy of cancer diagnostics — Aiforia has the expertise and experience to transform healthcare all the way from discovery to diagnosis.


Aiforia is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki

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Ecoener is a family-run independent power producer (IPP) with more than 30 years of history in the renewable energy sector. Masters of three technologies – wind, photovoltaic and hydroelectric – and pioneers in the implementation of renewable energies, Ecoener is a vertically integrated player operating across the entire value chain, from project design and site selection, through development, construction and operation of its facilities, to the sale of the renewable energy it produces. It has developed more than 50 projects for some 350 MW of power since its inception and currently has 141 MW owned and 142 MW under construction. Headquartered in Galicia, Spain, Ecoener is also present in Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya and Panama.


Ecoener is listed on BME, SIX Group

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Founded in October 2019, following the consolidation of all components of Bigben Gaming Division into a new entity, NACON specialises in the development and publishing of so-called AA video game software (games with sales of between 0.2 and 3 million copies) in both physical and digital format across the action/adventure, racing, sports, and simulation genres. In addition, NACON designs and distributes premium gaming accessories for PCs and consoles (keyboards, mice, mats, controllers, headsets, game seats, etc.). The objective behind the creation of NACON was to bring publishing and accessories together under a strong brand, to concentrate the expertise and talent of professionals operating in the same industry, so as to maximise synergies through vertical integration in order to create value.


NACON is listed on Euronext Paris

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Star smallStar of Innovation logo is changing the internet by establishing a new standard for checkins, targeting all companies that build lasting digital partner relationships. Handling signups, identity and logins of end-users online, together called checkin, is a particularly complex task in a globalised world with increasing regulation.’s patented software combines multiple UX-systems, biometry technologies and AI-systems such as computer vision and machine learning to create the best possible checkin flow for each end-user, irrespective of country or device. The in-house developed platform is designed as a so-called Software as a Service and is tailored to handle large-scale usage in a safe and GDPR-compliant way.’s typical partners are mainly global corporates that are active in many markets. During 2021 the software was used by end-users from 165 countries. is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm

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SECO is a centre of excellence in the field of innovation and technological integration. The company has been operating in the high-tech market for over 40 years, designing, developing and manufacturing cutting-edge proprietary technological solutions for industrial clients. SECO products range from miniaturized computers to standard or customized hardware, high-tech finished products and hardware-software integrated systems for highly diversified end-markets, including medical, industrial automation, aerospace and defence, wellness and vending systems. In addition, the company has further improved its product range with the launch of Clea, a proprietary Platform as A Service (PaaS), providing services and solutions for applications within the Internet of Things (IoT) allowing clients to manage their IoT endpoints in an efficient, effective and simple manner.


SECO is listed on Borsa Italiana

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Spinnova transforms the way textiles are manufactured globally. Based in Finland, Spinnova has developed a breakthrough patented technology for making textile fibre out of wood or waste, such as leather, textile or agricultural waste. Its technology is the result of more than 10 years of research and development. SPINNOVA® fibre is produced with a mechanical process without harmful or complex chemicals and has the touch and feel of natural fibres such as cotton and linen. SPINNOVA® production creates zero waste and side streams or microplastics, and its CO2 emissions and water use are minimal. SPINNOVA® materials are quickly biodegradable and circular. Spinnova is committed to using only sustainable raw materials such as FSC certified wood and waste.


Spinnova is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki

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GreenVolt is a leading Portuguese renewables company operating across 3 segments: 1) Biomass; 2) Utility scale wind & solar projects; 3) Distributed generation. In Portugal, GreenVolt operates 5 electricity biomass plants (98 MW installed capacity) using exclusively forestry residues and, in the UK, holds a waste wood plant (42 MW installed capacity). GreenVolt is also a major EU developer of utility scale wind & solar projects, holding a pipeline of circa 6.7 GW across several geographies including Poland, Greece, Romania, Italy and the US. Finally, in the distributed energy sector, GV offers self-consumption & energy community solutions for B2B and B2C clients in Iberia and Germany.


GreenVolt is listed on Euronext Lisbon

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Llorente & Cuenca is a global communication, digital marketing and public affairs consultancy firm that helps its clients take proactive strategic decisions, with the necessary creativity, innovation and experience. In the current disruptive and uncertain context, Llorente & Cuenca contributes to ensuring that its clients achieve their short-term business goals and sets out a roadmap to defend their social license to operate and enhance their prestige.


Llorente & Cuenca is listed on BME, SIX Group

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Trifork is a next-gen IT and business service provider with just over 1000 employees in Europe and USA, including Aarhus, Copenhagen, Zürich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, London, Stockholm, Krakow, Budapest, Barcelona, Palma, Chicago and San Francisco. Trifork is striving to be at the forefront of technological innovation. It inspires customers and colleagues in technological possibilities, build innovative software solutions and operate, maintain and continuously extend these for its customers. Since its inception in 1996, Trifork has been motivated to push the boundaries of how new technologies and methods can be discovered, applied and developed into solutions that enable its customers to become industry leaders.


Trifork is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen

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