The 2017 edition of the Mind & Market Forum enabled 120 project initiators, student-entrepreneurs and startups to present their ideas and solutions to the local community of mentors, enterprises and investors in Louvain-La-Neuve. Here’s the latest from Wallonia and Brussels, courtesy of Regional IT. 

6 jury panels spent the whole afternoon listening to 72 pitches (hi-tech, Web and apps, fitness & leisure, energy, sustainable development…).

The focus was on a few projects that had a clearly high-tech dimension: a folding screen meant as a complementary viewing device for smartphones ; a new more efficient substrate for smartphone integrated circuits; a connected “IoT Fridge Box” for pre-shipment of biological samples; a new GSM-based agri-food logistics tracking solution…

Qover raises 5,5 million euro in Series A investment round 

Qover, a Brussels-based insurtech startup, wants to bring new finely crafted insurance products to market.

Acting as cover holder for Lloyd’s, Qover is in the process of developing a complete portfolio of sliced on-demand motor insurance products, that third parties will be able to seamlessly integrate in their own offering.

Its first customers will be insurance brokers and car dealers. But other intermediaries will also be addressed: retailers, travel agencies… In fact, any company managing a website, any app designer will be able to use Qover APIs to add complementary insurance solutions to their offering.

The start-up recently raised €5.5 million in a Series A investment round led by global leading FinTech VC fund Anthemis. The round follows a seed investment of €1.5 million from BelCube and Callataÿ & Wouters Ventures in April 2016.

Elegio: secure voting through your smartphone

Once upon a time, Belgium invented a fabulous tool to allow secured and authenticated transactions over the Internet. It was named the e-ID. “Smart” cards still allow us to authenticate our tax report or online bank transactions. But times change and mobile practices have made the use of such authentication devices somewhat cumbersome. What if the smartphone itself could serve as a secure, indisputable way to identify its user?

The GSMA certified Mobile Connect technology makes it possible. It relies on the ID and cryptokeys securely hidden in the HSM module of the SIM card to “sign” any transaction. Mobile operators serve as trusted third-parties.

Belgian operators still must adopt this technology, which hasn’t prevented a Wavre-based startup from creating an app that allows the user to authenticate him/herself to securely vote online: referenda, public consultations and inquiries, enterprise appointments, contests, various types of elections such as the footballer of the year, the local or international beauty queens, smart city choices… The possibilities are almost endless.

The app won an award during the Mobile Connect App Challenge contest at the recent 2017 Mobile World Congress. The start-up is looking for industry partners to start selling the solution, starting with the neighboring countries.

By Brigitte Doucet