Tech Champions 2022: The Shortlists – Financial Times | CarTailz

In response to our call for proposals for this year’s Tech Champions project, nearly 300 entries were received from FT readers identifying European companies using technology to solve today’s business challenges.

FT journalists screened them, researched the nominated companies and helped create shortlists.

We searched for nominations in ten categories this year, swapping out the ‘Hospitality’ sector – which featured prominently in 2021 during the pandemic lockdowns – with ‘Energy’, which was the focus of attention from innovators this year:

A shortlist of four to five companies was drawn up for each industry category and submitted to our jury for review. Winners will be announced here and in a magazine accompanying the FT newspaper on November 21st.

The jury

  • Kate McGinn, Analyst, Seedcamp – an investor in pan-European start-ups

  • Clare Hickie, Chief Technology Officer Emea, Workday

  • Malcolm Moore, Editor, FT Edit

  • Matthew Vincent, Editor, FT Project Publishing

IT and software

Adaptive Systems
Through the use of AI, intelligent sensors and radar, Adaptiv enables customers to map the use of their buildings and improve energy efficiency in them.

Benivo’s employee relocation management platform has allowed their clients’ employees greater mobility when managing relocations around the world.

carbon chain
CarbonChain’s AI-powered carbon accounting platform enables tracking of emissions in global supply chains and gives logistics companies and financial institutions insight into the impact of their activities.

By analyzing satellite imagery of the Earth, Kayrros helps identify climate and environmental trends and track energy sector activity, including pipeline leaks.

The company’s digital experimentation platform enables scientists in fields as diverse as virology and climate science to test hypotheses faster and break new ground.

Markets & Financial Services

ComplyAdvantage’s sanctions tracking technology has helped banks and financial services groups comply with rules for transactions with Russia

Economics for environmental consulting — EFTEC
EFTEC’s development of “natural capital accounting” translates companies’ dependence on nature into a digestible balance sheet format that enables proactive decision-making.

KPMG Climate IQ
Climate IQ is a platform that enables clients to assess their climate risk and make strategic decisions based on the likely impacts they face.

The B2B operator builds digital marketplace and auction platforms for its customers and integrates data science with all levels.

Plan A
The Berlin SaaS operator offers companies a platform to track their carbon footprint over time, report on this trend and set targets to work towards the Paris climate agreement.

Professional Services

Beamery’s AI-powered platform removes bias from the recruitment process and can help clients combat high staff turnover by providing personalized employee development plans.

giggled. AI
By applying AI and blockchain technologies to the talent acquisition and retention processes, Gigged. AI helps minimize hiring costs and cut out middlemen.

Through its ESG IQ platform, the company enables companies to take a holistic view of ESG performance and avoid greenwashing.

Founded by a former headhunter, Nurole is transforming the way executive-level talent is recruited, combining intelligent technology and years of experience to find qualified and diverse candidates.

risk book
As the conflict in Ukraine strains supply chains, Risk Ledger’s platform shows companies how well their suppliers are protected.

Shipping & Transportation

Ceres power
As a leader in fuel cell and electrochemical technology, Ceres’ green hydrogen solutions can reduce carbon emissions in the maritime sector by up to 47 percent.

Container xChange
The company helps companies manage the complexities of international supply chains by operating a marketplace to source containers, pay for them and simplify their movements.

Sweden-based Einride aims to transform the global logistics industry and reduce its significant carbon footprint with fleets of autonomous electric freighters.

Its vehicle charging software makes running an electric car cheaper and turns thousands of car batteries into storage facilities.

vector robotics
Vector aims to combat the growing problem of wildfires by using autonomous, solar-powered drones to monitor risk areas, helping with early detection and containment of wildfires.


The energy innovator’s geothermal temperature control offering has become increasingly attractive thanks to its solid environmental credentials and the rising costs of traditional alternatives.

The British start-up is developing a way to produce low-cost, zero-emission hydrogen from micro to industrial scale.

Multiverse Computing
Quantum computing enables Multiverse to help customers in the energy sector forecast future supply and demand, ensuring efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint.

By revolutionizing the performance of lithium-ion batteries, Nybolt is transforming the way electric vehicles, medical devices and robotics are used.

Octopus Energy
The utility’s new, scalable platform, Kraken, uses advanced data and machine learning to optimize energy assets, improve efficiency and reduce consumer costs.


The Finnish group’s Roto Dynamic Heater can achieve the extreme heat needed in chemical and steelmaking processes by using only renewable energy.

construction automation
With its patented laying robot, the company stands for more productivity and safety in residential construction.

The company uses optoelectronics and machine learning to monitor and track plant growth in indoor farming – growers can use these analytics to increase yield and nutrient density in plants.

Through its patented wood modification technology, Kebony enables the use of softwood where previously only hardwood was suitable – helping to conserve hardwood forests as carbon sinks.

The Finnish textile innovator has unlocked a process through which any cellulosic raw material, such as food waste, can be sustainably converted into textile fibers ready for spinning.


The longest-established digital mental health provider in the UK built on its 20-year track record to support mental well-being during the cost of living crisis.

Upscale care
The home care platform allows caregivers to connect with users and provide personalized and transparent care; a government grant in 2022 will allow Lifted to expand its offering.

London Borough of Newham, Connect for Health (Warwickshire) and the Young Offenders Institution, Cookham Wood, in association with Thomson Screening
The nominees developed a digital solution that enables schools to quickly screen children for vision and hearing problems, identify trends and communicate with parents.

ox heath
The Oxford University spin-out has found a way to remotely monitor mental health patients via infrared detectors, alerting nurses to those in need of help.

shift partner
Shift’s digital platform seeks to alleviate the difficulties of NHS rostering by using AI and machine learning to better understand staffing needs.


Its extended reality software has enabled a wider audience to enjoy immersive concerts and events – even in the midst of a pandemic.

No isolation
Founded in 2015, No Isolation began developing “warm technology” to help sick children dial into classrooms long before distance learning became the norm. It is now helping various groups reduce the risk of isolation.

Saw that
The company’s ad-streaming solution enables brands to reduce the data required to reach audiences by 40 percent, an effective way to reduce energy consumption for carbon-conscious brands.

The garden
Launched as we emerged from the pandemic, the London-based streaming platform features interactive talks from experts across a range of fields to facilitate the sharing of ideas.

zero density
Zero Density brings real-time visual effects to clients in broadcast, live events and esports, creating compelling stories across all types of media.

retail trade

Blossom & Wild
Flower delivery pioneer Bloom & Wild leads the industry in advancing sustainable practices – it can now calculate the environmental cost of a bouquet and reduce it over time.

As city centers recover from lockdown-induced slumps, KeyNest is enabling high-street shops to take on a new role as “key concierges” for Airbnb hosts.

The London-based company enables trademark attorneys to find gig jobs as customer service representatives for the companies they love.

The company’s enterprise marketplace platform enables sellers to quickly establish a broader online presence through a network of resellers.

As an alternative to the buy-and-dispose model, the sustainable fashion company makes clothes from recyclable materials and rents them out.

banking and payment transactions

Clim8 Invest
The London-based platform enables mass market access to genuine green investment opportunities.

Sten Technologies
Stenn has found a way to make trade credit available to the smallest businesses in more than 70 countries through invoice financing.

The digital payments group responded quickly to the Ukraine crisis to keep money moving for those fleeing the conflict and those left behind.

Zilch’s “buy now, pay later” offer resonated with those wanting to spread rising energy costs over 6 weeks at zero interest.

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