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April is already in full swing. However, at IO we’re taking a look back at March. After all, we still owe you a Start-up of the Month! Each day, our journalists cover a cool European start-up story. Our editorial staff will choose a weekly winner from all these participants and these weekly winners will compete against each other for the monthly trophy at the end of the month. And as we are not averse to a bit of democracy, our readers also get to have a say.

The winner of the Start-up of the Month for March is … (drum roll) Secret City Trails from Lisbon, Portugal, albeit originally founded in the Dutch city of Amsterdam. From the jury report: “No more old-fashioned travel guides or standard tours, but a treasure hunt where you get to discover a fascinating city in a fun way. And when even the locals are just as enthusiastic as the tourists – to begin with not exactly two groups who you would expect to be in agreement – then you know you’ve created something pretty cool.”

And that’s how our readers felt about it too, because they chose Secret City Trails as their winner of the month. A great boost for the company, which just like other companies in the tourism sector, has been forced to undergo a lengthy corona break.

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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), Field Factors (November), EC Sens (December), XYZ Dynamics (January) and Emergency Eye (February). All monthly winners automatically become nominees for the first Innovation Origins Start-up of the Year competition. This will take place sometime later this year.

Would you like to read more about start-ups? Read all articles in our series here.

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About the author

Author profile picture Arjan Paans is editor-in-chief of Innovation Origins DE. Between 2003 and 2008 he worked in Berlin as a foreign correspondent. Aftewards he was a news manager for several Dutch newspapers. Arjan is married and has one son.