The Europas are set to honour the best startups from across Europe later this month, and as the Berlin awards ceremony approaches, the shortlist that the winners will be chosen from has been announced.
Over 1,000 nominees were assessed in more than 30 categories, and judges included representatives from Kleiner Perkins, Accel, Index, Google Ventures and Crunchfund, entrepreneurs including YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, Wonga co-founder Errol Damelin, and Bebo co-founder Michael Birch. From The Next Web, Robin Wauters, Jamillah Knowles and I were on the judging panel.
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So, who did the panel select as the finalists in each category? Well, it’s essentially a who’s who of Europe’s tech scene. You can explore the list below.
Meanwhile, there’s still time to vote in the People’s Choice award. The Europas’ organisers (the same team behind the Dublin and London Web Summits) say that there have been 147,321 votes to date, and the current leaderboard sees hot German gaming company Wooga in the lead. The deadline for votes is this Friday, January 11th.
The Europas award ceremony takes place in Berlin on 22 January. If you’d like to be there, tickets are still available.
Munich Startup Accelerator
Mikro Odeme AS | 3pay
DataHug – Connor Murphy & Ray Smith
Hailo – Caspar Woolley, Terry Runham, Russell Hall, Jay Bregman & Ron Zeghibe
Huddle – Andy McLoughlin & Alastair Mitchell
Mendeley – Jan Reichelt, Paul Foeckler & Victor Henning
Mind Candy – Michael Acton Smith
Poikos – Eleanor Watson
Songkick – Ian Hogarth
SoundCloud – Eric Wahlforss & Alexander Ljung
Tictail – Siavash Ghorbani, Birk Nilson & Kaj Drobin
Transferwise – Taavet Hinrikus & Kristo Kaarmann
Wonga – Errol Damelin & Jonty Hurwitz
Zoopla – Alex Chesterman and Simon Kain
Face.com to Facebook
Fizzback to NICE Systems
Llustre to Fab
Moonfruit to Yell
Nik Software to Google
OneDrum to Yammer
Podio to Citrix
Pulpfingers to 500px
Qype to Yelp
Sparrow to Google
Viewdle to Motorola
We7 to Tesco
Berlin Partner GmBH
Brown and Rudnick
Mercury Global Partners, LLC
To be announced
Best MENA Startup
EISENHOWER (B264 GmbH)
Lesson Nine GmbH
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