Tuesday, 27 November 2012

First 20 judges for Europas named?

- Europe's startup technology awards

Announcing the first group of judges for the European tech startup awards - The Europas. Cloudflare founder and CEO Matthew Prince and Wonga founder and CEO Errol Damelin will join venture capitalists such as Megan Quinn (KPCB), Nic Brisbourne (DFJ Esprit), Max Niederhofer (Accel), MG Siegler (Crunchfund), Daniel Waterhouse (Wellington Partners) and Stefan Glaenzer (Passion Capital). The judging panel will be chaired by Mike Butcher, European Editor of TechCrunch.

The event brings together Europe's startup community for a celebration of the best in tech. Over 500 entries have already been received across almost 30 categories at this year's Europas and now there's just one day left until the close of nominations (Wednesday 11.59pm).

Last week, The Europas also expanded to include a number of regional categories. These awards will focus on the best startup in a particular region or country including: the best startup in the UK, Ireland, Nordics, Germany, Russia, MENA and others. The regional awards will be presented by the judges at a lunch in Berlin on the afternoon of the event. The awards were previously run in London by Mike Butcher. Past winners have included Spotify, Soundcloud, MindCandy, Rovio and Wonga.

This year The Europas is bigger than ever with over 1,000 attendees expected from right across EMEA. The event is being run by Paddy Cosgrave and the team behind the hugely successful Web Summit and F.ounders events while the judging panel will be chaired by Mike Butcher. The Europas is keen to be an all inclusive event. The awards ceremony will take place in Berlin on January 22. There are still tickets left for the Europas from TheEuropas.com. The event will be followed by an after party.

First round of judges

Eileen Burbridge (Passion Capital)

Sitar Teli (Connect Ventures)

Philip Moering (Seedcamp)

Matthew Prince (Cloudflare)

MG Siegler (Crunchfund)

Christoph Maire (Txtr)

Megan Quinn (KPCB)

Errol Damelin (Wonga)

Stefan Glaesnzer (Passion Capital)

Daniel Waterhouse (Wellington Partners)

Lars Hinrichs (Hackfwd)

Noel Ruane (Polaris Ventures)

Jeremy Johnson (2Tor)

Bindi Karia (Silicon Valley Bank)

Matt Cowan (Reuters)

Ciara Byrne (VentureBeat)

Nicole Shariat (Goldman Sachs)

Fred Davis (Code Advisors)

Jason Whitmire (Earlybird Ventures)

Avishai Abrahami (Wix)