There is a reason why American investors have started looking at the European market with raising interest. The value that European companies, especially in London and Berlin, are creating means something to them, opportunities. In a continent where people can move from country to country, often with the same currency, Europe becomes the land of opportunities both for entrepreneurs and investors.
The Europas Awards, held by Mike Butcher, Editor in Chief of TechCrunch Europe, are a European Tech Startup Awards that celebrate the value that people are creating in this continent.
Best Entertainment / Media Startup (Media, Music, Leisure)
(Deezer, MUBI, Songkick, SoundCloud, Spotify, YPlan)
With over 200 million regular listeners today, and acquirers circling, Soundcloud continues to be a fantastic European success story and an ambassador for Berlin’s tech scene.
Best E-Commerce Startup
(Delivery Hero, FoodPanda/hellofood, Ozon, Thread, Tictail, YemekSepeti)
Winner: From Berlin FoodPanda SLASH Hellofood
For its huge global expansion in the last year.
Best Education Startup
(Babbel, Busuu, Fluentify, Gojimo, Memrise, ShowMyHomework)
Winner: From Berlin: Babbel
For becoming one of the worlds leading language learning platforms, used in 190 countries, with 15 million users.
Best Startup Accelerator/Incubator
(Axel Springer Plug & Play, Entrepreneur First, Seedcamp, Startupbootcamp, Tech Stars London, The Family)
Now working across Istanbul, London, Berlin, Israel and operating across numerous verticals, Startup Bootcamp has extended its model across Europe and has created a force to be reckoned with internationally.
Best Advertising, Marketing Startup
(Adbrain, Brainient, Brandwatch. Future Ad Labs, Social Bakers, Struq)
From London and now in New York, this cross-device interactive video platform continues to scale in an impressive fashion internationally.
Best Gaming or Social Games Startup
(Brainbow, MAG interactive, Peak Games, Supercell, Wooga, Zeptolab)
From Helsinki, it’s impossible to argue with Supercell’s super success in the last year, with a Billion Dollar investment and smash hits like Clash Of Clans.
Best Social, Mobile Startup
(AppLift, AppsFire, Cleverbug, EyeEm, Pin Drop, State)
From Berlin, EyeEm started small with a great product and has battled its way to tens of million of users, a unique marketplace where photographers get paid and amazing photographs, all against the might of Instagram.
Best FinTech Startup
(Funding Circle, GoCardless, iZettle, Klarna, PayMill, Transferwise)
From London, GoCardless has shaken up the world of Fintech, processing $200m worth of transactions and disrupting the Direct Debit business – making users lives easier.
Best Enterprise / SaaS / B2B Startup
(DataSift, Duedil, import°io, Prezi, Qubit, Wunderlist)
From the UK, Datasift is a deep tech startup that has impressed users globally with is big data on social media, enough to attract the attention of significant UK and US venture capital.
Best Hardware Startup (Wearables, Robotics, Connected Devices)
(Blaze, CubeSensors, IntelClinic/NeuroOn/Sleep Mask, Jolla, Kano Computing, Petcube, ROLI)
From Kiev, Ukraine, Petcube’s founders have, against all odds, designed built and raised money for a radical new interactive device for pets, all from the midst of incredible upheaval in their home country.
Best Sharing / Crowd-Sourcing Economy Startup
(Bizzby, BlaBlaCar, BorrowMyDoggy, HouseTrip, Love Home Swap, Seedrs)
From Paris, BlaBlaCar has built a ride-sharing marketplace which has reached into the furthest parts of Europe, scaling its business to 30 million riders a year and counting.
Best Health Startup
(Big Health (Sleep.io), Clue App, Lifesum, mySugr, Teddytheguardian.com, Toothpick, Vint training, Zesty)
Winner: Big Health with Sleep.io
From the UK, Big Health’s Sleep.io service Big Health creates highly personalised medicinal programmes delivered via web and mobile using data collected from personal devices such as the Jawbone UP. The future of health indeed!
Best Security / Privacy Startup
(CyberGhost, Digital Shadows, Lavaboom, ThetaRay, Wallarm, ZenMate)
From Berlin, ZenMate encrypts users’ internet connection to protect their privacy while browsing – crucial in the age of the NSA and GCHQ…
Best Virtual Currency Startup
(Bitstamp, Coinfloor, Elliptic, GoCoin, Localbitcoin, Safello)
Based in “The European Union”, Bitstamp based bitcoin marketplace allowing people from all around the world to safely buy and sell bitcoins and is at the forefront of European startups in this space.
Best Travel or Transport Startup
(GetYourGuide, GoEuro, Hailo, Kabbee, OneFineStay, Secret Escapes, TaxiBeat)
Direct from 3 London Cabbies, Hailo is taking on Uber and many others in the fight to become the the world’s transport system.
Best Internet of Things Startup
(Evrything, Kontakt.io, Little Printer / BERG Cloud, Relayr, Withings)
With founders from London and Zurich, Evrythng plans to connect every product on the planet to the Internet and make it smart.
Coolest Technology Innovation
(3D Hubs, CodeAnywhere, Indoor Atlas, Sayduck, Swiftkey, The Eye Tribe)
From London, Swiftkey has changed the way people type on smartphones and is even manage to impress the tough to please Apple with its tech.
Best Fashion Startup
(FarFetch, Girl Meets dress, Lyst, Stylight, Thread.com, VideDressing, Vinted)
An idea born in Spain but scaled in London, FarFetch has taken the luxury fashion industry by storm and added to London’s hot-bed of fashion startups.
Best Angel or Seed Investor of the Year
(Connect Ventures, Federico Pirzio-Biroli / Playfair Capital, Hasan Aslanoba, Peter Read, Robin Klein, Xavier Niel / Jeremie Berrebi / Kima Ventures)
Winner:Xavier Niel & Jeremie Berrebi of Kima Ventures
Working between Paris and Tel Aviv, Kima Ventures now invests in literally hundreds of early stage startups a year. If you need someone to write a cheque, Kima plans to give you a fast yes or no.
Greatest Tech Influence On Society
(Believe.in, CodeClub, Hour of Code/Code.org, Impossible.com, ResearchGate, Year of Code)
From London, CodeClub started out as a simple idea to teach kids to code, but has now spread internationally and is poised to make a real impact on the whole world, not just Europe.
Best VC Investor of the Year
(Accel Partners, Balderton Capital, DFJ Esprint, Earlybird Ventures, Index Ventures, Passion Capital)
Winner: Index Ventures
From London, amid incredibly tough competition, Index Ventures has knocked it out of the park in the last year, participating in or leading deals in startups which have produced FIVE BILLION DOLLAR European exits in the last 6 months.
Best Startup Founder/Co-founders
(Fred Mazzella / Francis Nappez / Nicolas Brusson, Azmat Yusuf, Matt Robinson / Hiroki Takeuchi, Safa Sofuoglu / Rina Onur / Hakan Bas / Sidar Sahin, Peter Arvai / Peter Halacsy / Adam Somlai-Fischer, Ben Medlock / Jon Reynolds)
Winner:Peter Arvai, Péter Halácsy and Ádám Somlai-Fischer from Prezi
Based between Budapest and San Francisco, Prezi has changed how people present and learn information and taken on the might of Microsoft PowerPoint.
Fastest Rising Startup Of The Year
(Citymapper, Hassle, Kippt, Telegram, Togethera, UppTalk)
Built in St Petersburg, Russia, and now based, well, “on a plane”, Pavel Durov’s Telegram app has exploded onto the messaging space amassing 35 million users in a matter of months, not long after he left Russia’s Facebook, VKontakte.
Hall Of Fame Award
(Daniel Ek, Eileen Burbidge, Klaus Hommels, Martin Varsavsky, Robin Klein, Sherry Coutu, Xavier Niel)
Daniel Ek, Spotify, Stockholm/London
Eileen Burbidge, Passion Capital, London
Klaus Hommels, VC, Zurich
Martin Varsavsky, Fon, Madrid
Robin Klein, Index Ventures, London
Sherry Coutu (CBE), Silicon Valley Comes to UK / Founders4Schools
Xavier Niel, Kima Ventures, Paris
The Europas Grand Prix
Winner: From London, Swiftkey
SwiftKey was founded by friends Jon Reynolds and Dr Ben Medlock who are Math geniuses and realised they could build an engine which could predict words and phrases as people typed them. After millions of downloads, a launch on IOS and raising $22 million, Swiftkey is the latest company that proves you can build a global startup form Europe.