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Catalan company Noem, British Naked Energy and Danish Trifense are the winners of the first European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Entrepreneurship Award. European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou presented the awards last night in Brussels.

Noem, which is based in Barcelona, has patented a system that uses wood from the Pyrenees to construct different types of buildings. Their activity focuses on reducing carbon dioxide emission through innovations in materials, transport, construction systems, and more. Noem was up against another Catalan sustainable-energy company, ParkGreen, and HelioCaminus of Sweden.

Naked Energy is devoted to solar technology design and innovation and Trifense specializes in protecting computer networks against cyber threats.

Chairman of the EIT Governing Board Alexander von Gabain congratulated “all finalists for their ideas and creative solutions to today’s challenges” and wished them success “in growing to become true world class enterprises.”

One of the key elements of the EIT’s mission is to foster entrepreneurial spirit, and the awards thus focused on the most promising companies nominated by the EIT’s three knowledge and innovation communities (KIC) (Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy). The award was launched in 2011 and each KIC nominated three candidates.

The company KIC InnoEnergy Iberia was created in Barcelona in 2011, demonstrating Catalonia’s participation in one of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s three KICs.

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