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January is already in full swing. But at IO we’re taking a moment to look back on December. We still owe you a Start-up of the Month! Each workday you get to follow on IO the pioneers who’ve got innovation fever and are striving to bring the unexplored world of tomorrow and science fiction to the present.

Our editors choose a weekly winner from all these participants and at the end of the month the weekly winners compete against each other again for the monthly trophy. And because we’re not averse to a bit of democracy, our readers get to decide with us.

The winner of the Start-up of the Month December is … (drum roll) ECsens! A start-up from Twente which is developing sensors that detect cancer and does that as much as five times cheaper. The starters, who won the 4TU impact challenge earlier last year, reacted very enthusiastically, of course. “It’s fantastic to hear that we’ve been chosen as Start-up of the Month. This shows how relevant this kind of technology is to society. This is a huge motivation for us to keep on going and to try to live up to the promises of the future!”

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Check out our previous monthly winners here: Innovacarbon (June), Munevo (July), Metodo Sancal (August), E-bot7 (September), High Performance Battery (October) and Field Factors (December). All monthly winners are automatically candidates for the first Innovation Origins Start-up of the Year election, which will be held later this year.

Want to read more about start-ups? You can read all the articles in this series here.