New Europe is the driving force for innovation

NE100 Team

Autonomous driving software for self-driving cars, telemedicine company supporting women during pregnancy, animated sign language messager - these are only some of the finalists of the third edition of the New Europe 100 list. New Europe 100 shines spotlight on innovators from Central and Eastern Europe. The list was announced today.

NE100 challengers create apps, run social initiatives, invent projects and technologies useful for people in Europe and around the world. They share creative approach both to their projects, and the region in which they work - Central and Eastern Europe.

“We want to tell a story of inspiring, creative and socially engaged innovators from Central and Eastern Europe. Our region can be proud of developers, business owners, scientists and cultural managers, who are now the driving force behind the innovation for the future” - says Wojciech Przybylski, president of the Res Publica foundation, initiator of the project.

The final one hundred was chosen from nominations submitted by Nominating Partners and general public. This year, the largest group of finalists represent individuals and teams working in business (54%), for society and in politics (29%). Other categories include science (10%), media and culture (7%).

“It is great to see there are more and more cases of successful and innovative businesses that were born in Central and Eastern Europe. It shows how immense potential exists in our region and how new technologies and digital economy became not just a challenge, but rather a great opportunity for outstanding scientists, ambitious entrepreneurs and creative activists to transform their plans and ideas into reality” - said Marta PoĊ›lad, Head of Public Policy & Government Relations CEE Google.

“The idea behind New Europe 100 was to show the potential and creativity of people from Central and Eastern Europe. It is also a networking platform, which helps challengers to meet and exchange. We believe this is the best way of supporting the advancement of fresh, innovative ideas, the progress of which benefits all of us in the region” - added Beata Jaczewska, Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund.

New Europe 100 aims to support innovation in Central and Eastern Europe by identifying leaders of positive change. This is the third edition of the project, organized by Res Publica, Google, the International Visegrad Fund and the Financial Times, in collaboration with many other institutions from Central and Eastern Europe.