Since 2011, MIT Technology Review has been performing a talent search in several European countries for the most talented young innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing new technologies to address the most pressing issues faced by society. To that end, the magazine, property of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has celebrated local editions of its most prestigious competition in Belgium, Spain, France, Poland, Germany and Italy, always pursuing the same objective: to award innovation. This year, with the support of BNP Paribas and L’Atelier BNP Paribas, the competition has gone one step further by aiming to compile a pool of 35 profiles within the entire European Union.
These laureates have been selected by the jury from more than 1.100 applications. Whether researchers, innovators or entrepreneurs, all of them have something in common: they are shaping their fields with revolutionary projects and ideas that will transform our daily lives through technology.
For the first time, in this edition the 35 Innovators Under 35 were divided into 5 categories according to their profiles: inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, pioneers and humanitarians. During the Summit Europe, 5 of them received a special mention: Victor Dillard (Entrepreneur of The Year), Enass Abo-Hamed (Visionary of The Year), Solveiga Pakstaite (Inventor of The Year), Julien de Wit (Pioneer of the Year) and Thibault Duchemin (Humanitarian of The Year). Here is the list of 35 Innovators under 35 Europe 2017: