ESS Alumni


We believe it to be a huge testament to the project that some of our previous ESS finalists have gone on to be hugely successful and continue to be!


ESS has received applications from start-ups across a wide range of industries, including scientific innovation and technology. AQDOT, after raising significant seed funding in the months after our 2013 final, went on to raise $7.25m and continues to attract interest from investors worldwide. AQDOT‘s cutting edge technology manufactures microcapsules, which allows valuable active products to be protected and released when required. This technology has the potential to revolutionise a wide range of commodities, from pharmaceuticals to household products.

For further information on Aqdot's performance and fundraising efforts click through to the Craft Profile of Aqdot:



Feeligo, a provider of brand stickers for online enterprise, raised $2.59m since competing in ESS 2013. This start-up boasts a cliental including 20th Century Fox and Duracell.

For further information on Feeligo's performance and fundraising efforts click through to the Craft Profile of Feeligo:

Another ESS alumni that found success with an impressive client base is Swogo, the world’s first automated bundle solution, whose customers include retail giants Tesco and Dixons. Swogo raised $70k the month following ESS 2013, and went on to raise a further $322k in 2013 alone. Most recently the company raised another £1 million in May last year.

For further information on Swogo's performance and fundraising efforts click through to the Craft Profile of Swogo:

ESS is also committed to social entrepreneurship, and we are proud to present Be My Eyes from our 2013 competition. Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat. This makes everyday tasks, like checking the expiry date of milk, simple again and helps provide blind people that treasure their independence the help they need. With almost 400,000 registered volunteers to 30,000 blind users, this app makes a huge difference in the everyday lives of thousands of people.


For further information on Be My Eyes' performance and fundraising efforts click through to the Craft Profile of Be My Eyes:

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ESS 12 and 13 to ESS17



Our previous events ESS 12 and 13 were huge successes. We received huge numbers of applications from all round Europe with a massively diverse array of ideas. ESS is unique in that teams are comprised of at least 50% of students which sees most teams blend experienced members as well as young new ideas which is a very exciting prospect for investors. Furthermore, with our demo day, it allows the unique opportunity for investors to see a lot of exciting projects in just one day.

See some of our previous FINALISTS below.

It is a great pleasure to announce that ESS is back in 2017 and we are looking for investors and entrepreneurs to take part in this flagship event with great prizes and funding to be contested for. If you think you have an idea and the entrepreneurial potential then do not hesitate and apply.