Emerald de Leeuw Wins European Young Innovator of the Year Award

25 Jan 2017
Emerald de Leeuw Wins European Young Innovator of the Year Award

Emerald de Leeuw was announced as winner of the 2016 European Young Innovator of the Year by the European Young Innovators Forum. The announcement was made at Unconvention2017 in Brussels on 25th January 2017.

Emerald was one of 6 finalists to present her start-up at the InnoPitch competition to a judging panel of Carol Lee, partner in PwC’s Technology Media Telecom Deals practice, Wouter Remaut, CEO of Co.Station, one of the most active promoters of startups in Belgium and Bart Becks, founder of, the platform to finance and stimulate creativity and entrepreneurs.

Emerald is founder of Eurocomply, a business that aims to supply software to help companies assess, track and demonstrate compliance with European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The finalists were drawn from across Europe and included:

  • André Coelho, founder of Saffe, a mobile payment app that leverages world-class facial recognition technology to facilitate secure payments.
  • Konstantinos Krestenitis, founder of Anumerics, a research computational science services company focusing on providing highly scalable, high impact algorithms as a service for small to medium sized data driven businesses.
  • Roksolana Sliusar, co-founder of MoleQL, an educational platform to aid the learning of  chemistry.
  • Magdalena Slowinska Janowitz founder of Includeon, a virtual employment platform accessible to deaf and disabled people.
  • Andrei Toma, founder of Homepod, a single platform that helps the procurement of architectural accessories.

Emerald started work on Eurocomply when she was writing her first Master’s Theses at University College Cork on Data Protection law. She joined IGNITE in 2015 to develop her business before being awarded a place on Enterprise Ireland's Female Founders in 2016.

Emerald de Leeuw is a graduate from Tilburg University in the Netherlands and University College Cork in Ireland; and is a contributing lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland.


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