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UK Entrepreneur Richard Palmer takes runner up at European Venture Contest

This year’s competition was the most popular and highly subscribed to date with a staggering 576 companies registering from across Europe, 125 of whom were then selected for a first round of pitching sections, which was then narrowed down to 18 for the final Jury in Barcelona. Richard was selected to be part of the final 18 after his strong pitch at the Paris round on 26th October this year. The 16 jury members who determined the overall winners, consisted of European venture capitalists who collectively manage funds to the value of €8bn.

The overall winner was Spanish company Scytl Secure Electronic Voting, who received the award of €90,000 from the also Spanish based bank Caja Navarra. Richard was awarded the second prize for the invention of revolutionary d3o™ material, and the founding and leading of the company d3o™ Lab since 2001 which is dramatically changing the face of protection in the sports and personal protection market. d3o™ has been widely adopted as the soft and flexible protective solution in the snow industry, and is steadily growing in areas such as mountain biking, motorcycle and PPE. The launch of the Puma V 1.08 ball at the beginning of 2008 marks another new application of d3o on a global scale providing the world’s first ‘intelligent’ football.

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