Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Europe Decides – Shortlist Announced For

Europe Decides – Shortlist Announced For

After much deliberation, The Europas – Europe’s most prestigious startup tech awards has announced the shortlist of nominees for this year’s awards -

Over 1,000 nominees have gone through a rigorous judging process in over 30 categories. Judges for the awards have included partners with Kleiner Perkins, Accel, Index, Google Ventures, Crunchfund, entrepreneurs like Jawed Karim (founder of Youtube and Youniversity Ventures), Errol Damelin (founder of Wonga), Michael Birch (founder of Bebo, Monkey Inferno), Matthew Prince (founder of Cloudflare) as well as Lady Gaga manager and angel investor Troy Carter. Journalists from TechCrunch, The Next Web, Venturebeat, Reuters and some of the leading blogs across Europe are also judging at The Europas.

With 1,000 attendees, the event will bring together Europe's startup community for a celebration of the best in tech. This year The Europas has 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.

Chief Adjudicator and co-organiser Mike Butcher, also the European Editor of TechCrunch said: ““Europe has never seen so much tech startup activity. There's been a huge surge in the quality and quantity of startups across Europe, spurred by both the fantastic new platforms available allowing even a teenager to create a startup from his bedroom. Even as Europe goes through times economic times, we're seeing a cultural shift towards entrepreneurship amongst the new generation. We’re also seeing more companies like SoundCloud, Hailo, Supercell and others follow in the footsteps of Skype and, lately,  Wooga and Spotify as European startups with global ambitions. Many have have paved the way for the new companies we’ll be recognising at The Europas later this month - and there'll be many more to come.”

Co-organiser and Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave said: “Europe is kicking ass, we’re seeing some really exciting startups from Israel, the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and Ireland. There’ll be names you recognize on the shortlist but also plenty of incredible startups that are just breaking through now”.

147,321 votes have also voted in the People’s Choice category of The Europas. The leaderboard can be found here -

The winners of The Europas will be announced at an awards ceremony in Berlin on January 22. Tickets are available from