EIT Digital Challenge: ApiOmat named Best Scaleup in Digital Infrastructure
Brussels, 13 December 2017 – EIT Digital has named ApiOmat from Germany as the best European technology scaleup in the field of Digital Infrastructure in 2017
ApiOmat was awarded first prize in the Digital Infrastructure category of the EIT Digital Challenges. The scaleup from Leipzig (Germany) provides a Backend-as-a-Service solution that speeds up the development and integration of digital services across all channels such as app, web, wearables or chatbots. It reduces time to market, enables rapid prototyping and helps companies to digitally transform their business processes.
The EIT Digital Challenge aims to identify Europe’s most promising scaleups in the field of deep technologies (deep tech) – complex and disruptive solutions that are built around unique and differentiated scientific or technological advances. “It’s a great honour to have won a deep tech award with the EIT Digital Challenge,” says Marcel Etzel, CEO and Co-Founder of ApiOmat. “There are few awards or competitions that support deep tech startups and even fewer that focus on companies that have built successful and scalable business models. The prize in combination with the EIT Digital Accelerator programme will help us expand our business internationally.”
The prize includes a €50,000 cash prize and full year growth support by the EIT Digital Accelerator worth €50,000. The EIT Digital Accelerator comprises a team of experienced business developers and fundraising experts. They operate from 13 cities across Europe as well as a hub in San Francisco. Since 2012, they have supported more than 260 startups in accessing new markets and helped them raise more than €90 million in investment to date.
“ApiOmat shows an impressive traction,” says Dominik Krabbe, EIT Digital Challenge Lead. “Their platform can benefit many businesses, no matter if small business or global enterprise. We look forward to work together and accelerate their growth.”
ApiOmat competed against three other scaleups in front of an international expert jury during the EIT Digital Innovation Day in Berlin, Germany. The final was the last of a series of five finals events of the EIT Digital Challenge, each dedicated to a specific digital technology topic. The other final events of the EIT Digital Challenge were: Digital Cities in Trento, Digital Industry in Eindhoven, Digital Wellbeing in Madrid and Digital Finance in Budapest.
ApiOmat is transforming the way enterprises build digital services and incorporate their business with mobile and web technologies, voice assistants, chatbots and even augmented and virtual realities. ApiOmat’s Digital Back-end Service Platform provides startup-like agility and independence from specific IT systems and devices, thus empowering companies to innovate and disrupt the market with today’s and tomorrow’s digital technologies. With ApiOmat, companies have a single solution to rapidly deliver proto-types that can be transformed into enterprise-grade solutions, while managing them across any environment and analyzing their success with user analytics.
About the EIT Digital Challenge
The EIT Digital Challenge is EIT Digital’s contest to identify the most innovative and fast growing digital technology startups (scaleups) with the aim of helping them to grow their business internationally. The competition features five categories: Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Infrastructure and Digital Finance. Since the first competition held in 2014, more than 1,400 teams from 27 European countries applied for the EIT Digital Challenge.