BitaGreen is preparing a start-up from the VUB research group on hydrology in the framework of a VLAIO Innovatie mandate. BitaGreen offers solutions for urban water management and liveability, based on nature. It won the award in the Water category, for developing a method for planning green infrastructure in urban areas. It combines hydrological data such as sewage systems and flood risks with the ecosystem functions of the green infrastructure. By making cities greener, preventing flooding and avoiding urban heat islands, BitaGreen contributes to the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“It is an honour to receive this Impact Shakers Award and a nice recognition of our efforts in the field of water and liveability,” say Nahad Rezazadeh Helmi and Nora Van Cauwenbergh, the founders of BitaGreen. “This award package also gives our start-up an important boost. We are very excited to work with Quest Design Studio to maximise our impact through creative design.”
This is the first edition of the awards, which are part of the broader Impact Shakers programme. The organisation also helps start-ups to raise funding and will launch a micro-investment fund and accelerator this year. The 12 winning start-ups come from Belgium, the UK, Ireland, Bulgaria, Portugal, France and Germany. They will each receive an intensive Raise Alternative Funding bootcamp to help them grow further, as well as a prize pool of tools and entrepreneurial workshops worth €20,000. They will also join the Impact Shakers ecosystem of impact entrepreneurs from across Europe, where they can participate in networking opportunities with mentors, business angels and other start-up founders. The next region the awards will focus on is North Africa and the Middle East.
Yonca Braeckman, CEO of Impact Shakers: “We base the Impact Shakers Awards on the doughnut economy model, which maps human prosperity according to social and environmental pillars. From this vision, companies look at economic profit as well as their social and environmental impact.”
BitaGreen contributes to the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by making cities greener and preventing flooding and urban heat islands.
For more information, please contact:
Nahad Rezazadeh Helmi (Chief Product Leader, co-Founder)
Nora Van Cauwenbergh (Chief Executive Leader, co-founder)
Ann Van Griensven - Head of VUB-Department of Hydrologie