On 23 January, Steering Machines received the prize for the Most Promising Industrial Startup 2019 on the Demo Day of IQS Tech Fest, in the first edition of Europe’s only festival for industrial startups. As winners, the Steering Machines team will travel to Shenzhen (China), which is considered the main manufacturing city and region in the world, to carry out an acceleration programme thanks to Brinc Accelerator.
Steering Machines, a spin-off of the Center for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI UPC), presented its project MOBY, a mobile platform system with conventional wheels and its omnidirectional, adaptable robot. The technology enables the robot to move in all directions at any time and with any load.
Steering Machines was the winner out of the ten startups that participated in IQS Next Tech, an event held by the IQS Tech Factory and promoted by the IQS University along with Barter, which is also supported by the Catalan Agency for Enterprise Competitiveness (ACCIÓ).
The second company that won a prize was Miwendo Solutions, which emerged from the CommSensLab research centre at the UPC, along with the UPF, ICREA and Hospital Clínic. The startup won the Brightlands award for the development of a low-cost medical device that could be used during colonoscopies to identify malignant polyps that are precursors of cancer, using microwave technology.
The event, which was held in the former Estrella Damm Factory in Barcelona, was attended by over 1000 visitors and 30 of Europe’s main emerging industrial startups.