Today, the European Commission announces The Europioneers, an initiative to celebrate Europe’s finest technology entrepreneurs.

Supported by yours truly, The Next Web, this prestigious technology award will be awarded to Europe’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year. Giving technology entrepreneurship in Europe visibility on a national, regional and global scale.

The EU Commission believe that entrepreneurs, particularly in the tech sector, can now transform economies, drive innovation and indeed, change communities and industries. This event is a celebration of Europe’s most influential and innovative tech entrepreneurs, The Oscars of European tech if you will.

It’s a privilege and honor to be organizing this prestigious award with the EU Commission. It gives the European tech entrepreneur community the visibility and respect it deserves.

So how do you get involved? Visit and register your interest. We’ll be in touch soon with details of how you can vote or nominate. Voting will begin in early 2013 with the awards themselves taking place in April. The award will be handed out by the Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes.

→ Who is your Europioneer?