The Innovator League winner “Respyre” is a spin-off of Delft University of Technology and has developed a concrete and a concrete plaster that allows moss growth on a surface. With this, Respyre wants to integrate self-sustaining vegetation in an otherwise barren environment in an efficient, sustainable, and functional way, bringing cities to life. With bio-receptive concrete and moss facades, Respyre creates a committed system for environmental sustainability. In doing so, Respyre enables cities to breathe. Through training, networking, and the prize of €50,000, the Philips Innovation Award will support Respyre in developing its technology further.
“Besides winning the award, my highlight was having the opportunity to hang out with Mathijs Kuil from Veridis. We took away each other's nerves, bought a gift for the Philips Innovation Award board, and practiced ten times or more together. There was no rivalry, only the sincere desire to help each other," Said Auke Bleij, winner of the Philips innovation award Innovator League.”