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Brief Published: 23 Nov 2015

Creative Business Cup 2015: Winners

Miss Can

Creative entrepreneurs from around the globe have been recognised for their impressive start-up ventures at the Creative Business Cup (CBC) awards, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on November 18.

The winners were announced at the end of the CBC conference – an annual three-day event where attendees can join master classes, connect with investors and potential partners, and boost international awareness of their brands. Competing participants from 40 countries presented more than 100 pitches to an international jury and the following entrants emerged victorious:  

  • Next-Gen Tech: Austrian start-up Blitab has created the world's first tablet computer for blind and visually impaired people, which won the first prize in the Creative Entrepreneurship category. The affordable device supports Braille reading and writing, and could help millions of people become more independent.  
  • Listen & Learn: Norway's Podwalk was awarded the second prize in the same category for its site-specific podcast app. Users can access podcasts with facts and stories according to their location, from areas as diverse as streets, parks and even castle basements.  
  • Making Music: US developer Iceblink Digital received third prize for Gemma, an app builder that allows users to create music-making apps quickly and easily. The free app also lets members sell their creations in what is the first centralised distribution hub for music-making apps.  
  • Tin Ambitions: Named one of the best projects in the Innovation Challenge, Portuguese company Miss Can presents a new approach to tinning fish. The start-up steams and cans seafood of the highest quality using traditional methods, and packages this in fresh and fun designs, complete with gastronomic suggestions and historic facts about Portugal. The idea chimes with the innovative packaging solutions discussed in Packaging Futures: New Formats.  
  • Flexible Living: Aiming to build homes that are both sustainable and mobile, Danish start-up CPH Shelter has created what it calls the "green Lego of housing" – a concept that was also a winning idea in the Innovation Challenge. Made from recycled shipping containers, a CPH Shelter house can be moved across countries and transformed in size and shape, according to changing accommodation needs. See Digital Nomads for more on this topic.
  • Better Building Blocks: Another Innovation Challenge award went to PlayDXTR. The Danish tech start-up's magnetic building blocks are embedded with lights and sensors, and can connect to smart devices. The product has huge potential in the classroom, as it gives teachers real-time data on how their students are developing, allowing for adaptive learning – a concept we explore in The Future of Learning.