Julien De Wit & Victor Dillard awarded Pioneer & Entrepreneur of the Year by MIT Technology Review

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Julien De Wit & Victor Dillard awarded Pioneer & Entrepreneur of the Year by MIT Technology Review

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  • MIT Technology Review honored yesterday the 35 European winners of its first regional edition of Innovators Under 35.
  • Among this year’s laureates, the world’s oldest technology magazine also recognized the most influential innovator in each of the following 5 categories: entrepreneurs, inventors visionaries, pioneers and humanitarians with a special mention.
  • These special mentions were awarded to: Victor Dillard (Belgium), Solveiga Pakštaitė (Lithuania), Enass Abo-Hamed (United Kingdom), Julien De Wit (Belgium) and Thibault Duchemin (France)


Paris, September 15 th , 2017 .- MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's prestigious magazine, presented yesterday the 35 laureates of its first regional edition of the Innovators Under 35 Europe competition. The awards ceremony, celebrated at Station F, in Paris, was the culmination of a year of search, evaluation and selection of the best 35 innovators among more than 1,100 European candidates thanks to the support of BNP Paribas and L’Atelier BNP Paribas, Partners of the project.

During the Summit Europe 2017, laureates presented their projects in roundtable discussions moderated by former competition winners . Among them, 5 young innovators received special mentions as Inventor, Entrepreneur, Visionary, Humanitarian and Pioneer of the Year for being the most influential young leaders in each of these categories according to the jury panel comprised by 165 business, science and and technology experts.

The COO and CFO at Desktop Genetics, Victor Dillard (Belgium), was awarded the special mention of Entrepreneur of the Year , thanks to his novel platform which enables the design and production of personalized, safe and effective genome editing therapies.

The CEO at Mimica Lab, Solveiga Pakštaitė (Lithuania), was recognised as Inventor of the Year for her bio-reactive, tactile expiry label that can be used by people with visual impairments and helps to reduce food waste by indicating when food products will actually go bad. Enass Abo- Hamed (United Kingdom) was named Visionary of the Year for the development of smart nanomaterials which enable hydrogen storage and on-demand electricity production from renewable sources.

Julien De Wit (Belgium) was selected as Pioneer of the Year for his novel techniques designed to identify and study potentially habitable planets orbiting stars other than our own Sun.

And, finally, Humanitarian of the Year was awarded to Thibault Duchemin, the founder and CEO of AVA, a mobile application that fosters social and professional integration for the hearing disabled by allowing the deaf and hearing-impaired to follow what is being said around them in real-time.


Discover here the complete list of Innovators Under 35 Europe and the Ambassadors that helped us to discover the 35 Innovators Under 35

For further information: Innovatorsunder35.com @innovators35 #Innovators35EU


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Vaiana Lopez - vaiana.lopez@opinno.com

Marta Gonzalez - marta.gonzalez@opinno.com



About MIT Technology Review MIT Technology Review is the oldest tech magazine in the world, published by the Technology Review Inc., an independent company property of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Founded in 1899, it’s the leader of its sector and a world authority on the future of telecommunications, energy, information technology, materials, biomedicine and internet. Its main goal is to promote the knowledge of emerging technologies and analyze its commercial, political and social implications. Its innovation perspective helps and guides the leaders in the technology industry (entrepreneurs, researchers and investors) improve the global economy.


About the Innovators Under 35 For more than a decade, the MIT Technology Review recognizes, each year, the young innovators and most talented entrepreneurs in the world, through Innovators Under 35, the global edition takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. The objective of these awards is to recognize innovation, the development of new technologies and the creative application of the already existing innovations in order to solve current problems, and stimulate the progress in global issues.


About BNP Paribas BNP Paribas has a presence in 75 countries with more than 185,000 employees, including almost 145,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its two core activities: Retail Banking & Services (comprised of Domestic Markets and International Financial Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia-Pacific.


About L’Atelier BNP Paribas With offices in Paris, San Francisco & Shanghai, its prospective vision and extensive experience in understanding the digital economy, L'Atelier is strategically placed to help the BNP Paribas Group and its clients enable their digital transformation

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