Fujitsu Start-up Awards 2017

We were joined by five start-up companies at Fujitsu Forum 2017 in Munich. Each showcased projects they are working on that are driving digital transformation and helping make peoples' lives easier. Visitors were then able to vote for their favourite to win the Fujitsu Start-up Award 2017. The winner was Rombit - a Belgian IoT company dedicated to making organizations futureproof.

Driving innovation is central to Fujitsu‘s vision. By working with partners and start-ups as part of an ecosystem, we co-create to deliver new ideas and value for our customers. Find out more about Rombit and meet the other start-up companies that presented at Fujitsu Forum 2017 in Munich:

WINNER: Rombit


Rombit is a Belgian IoT company dedicated to making organizations futureproof. Named Flanders’ Most Promising Startup (VOKA, Trends, JCI), Rombit has grown into an experienced IoT solution provider and product engineering firm. Rombit’s core business focus is divided across three main areas; Smart Cities, Smart Industries and Smart Facilities.

Rombit enables companies and governments to cut administrative workflows and to create rapid insights into company processes. It builds tailormade solutions on top of its Romcore™. This framework integrates the full chain from legacy hardware and software to cutting-edge IoT sensors, big data processing and analysis, and visualizations. Rombit has an in-house R&D facility where new IoT-applications for smart cities and harbors are developed, such as smart parking signs, collision detection systems and drone monitoring systems.

The Rombit methodology and knack for solving difficult problems have made the company popular within the large industry ecosystem in Flanders and abroad; as Rombit has grown to 60 employees in just over five years. Early 2016 it secured the largest series A investment round to date in Belgium. It opened a satellite office in Singapore in 2017.



5Analytics is an AI software company that enables companies to automate important commercial decisions using artificial intelligence and successfully implement digital business models. The core competence of 5Analytics is to provide a quick and easy entry into the world of AI. They have developed solution modules for established AI applications, which empower the use of AI applications in a very short time and integrate them into existing business processes.

The 5Analytics ADA software platform enables a real-time integration of developed statistical data analyzes - usually as R or Python code - in business processes. Projects that usually scheduled for 6-12 months can be completed in a maximum of one week. This saves time and money! ADA builds the important bridge between the development of AI and the operational use in the business processes.

The great value of artificial intelligence only emerges when the machine learning knowledge is directly integrated into business processes. We are more than a technology provider. Their consulting team accompanies the complete implementation process and supports customers to get the most out of their data. 5Analytics, headquartered in Stuttgart, works with numerous renowned customers (like Telefónica, Merck und VW) and was recently awarded the bronze Stevie Award and the “Innovationspreis-IT”.



Argu is an online decision making platform designed to help organizations co-create policies. Ask your audience (e.g. your employees) a question and allow them to share their ideas. Have a civilized discussion where everyone can share their pros and cons for the submitted proposals. Make a transparent decision online, and all those involved will automatically receive notice. Their unique decision making process is specifically designed for deliberation to stimulate creative thinking and meaningful debates.

Over 20 governments and semi-governments have used Argu for all sorts of issues. For example, one municipality has asked citizens what would be the best location for a refugee centre, a discussion that attracted thousands of participants. Getting this amount of engagement is extremely hard for governments, and Argu is very proud to make this possible.

While Argu focuses mostly on governments, they believe that participation in decision making is important for all kinds of organizations. So ask yourselves: can your organization benefit from having more transparent and interactive decision making?



The ConnectedCare platform connects people in need of care with their personal network of friends, family and professional caregivers. The platform engages people in day-to-day collaboration, and improves communication and coordination. Technology is used to support the network of caregivers in their caregiving activity – for example the optional mobile alarm device is used to increase safety and improve peace-of-mind. And the integrated “on-demand support module” makes it easy to ask for professional help whenever needed.

ConnectedCare co-designs innovative digital health solutions. A team of researchers, designers and developers collaborates with universities, companies and organizations in Europe to create new care services people love to use. A partner network is being established to address the international market.

NRGcoin by Enervalis


NRGcoin is an academic project developed at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel that is currently being up-scaled and commercialized in an industrial context by Enervalis. The NRGcoin mechanism rewards production of renewable energy and makes its local consumption cheaper. Prosumers in the smart grid (those that act as both consumers & producers) mint NRGcoin digital currency by supplying renewable energy to the grid. Consumers pay 1 NRGcoin for every 1kWh of locally produced renewable energy they use. NRGcoins are traded on a currency market for other coins or cash.

The NRGcoin mechanism replaces traditional high-risk renewable support policies with a novel Blockchain-based Smart Contract, which better rewards green energy. Similar to Bitcoin, the NRGcoin currency offers numerous advantages over fiat currency, but unlike Bitcoin, it is generated by injecting energy into the grid, rather than spending energy on computational power.

The project has demonstrated, using real data, the advantages of the proposed mechanism over traditional policies and environmental instruments, as well as its benefits for key stakeholders in the smart grid. The next goal is to pilot the NRGcoin concept in real homes in the Netherlands by Q2 of 2018.