The Europas: The Winners and Finalists

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The Europas, the inaugural European Startup Awards 2009 for European and EMEA tech companies, were held last night, Thursday July 9, 2009 in London. Check out our live blog from the event and subsequent coverage in video, pictures and posts. For these inaugural awards, over 400 entrants were voted on by the industry and the results merged with those from 19 expert advisors from across Europe. Here are the winners, highly commended and finalists in each category. Congratulations to all!

A huge thanks to our sponsors for supporting this inaugural event: Thanks to the UKTI for sponsoring the pitches; Viadeo for sponsoring the Best Design category; Bootlaw for sponsoring Best Bootstrapped Startup; Quick.tv for sponsoring Best European Investor; Zendesk for sponsoring Best New Startup; Moonfruit for sponsoring Best Social Innovation; Latitude and Parklane Champagne for the Awards Prizes; oneDrum for sponsoring the drinks party and Mixcloud for sponsoring the DJ.

Here are the winners and finalists in each category (see the category links for more information on each company):

The Europas Shortlist: Best Web Application Or Service (EMEA)

Winner: Spotify

Highly Commended: Amiando

Finalists:
Babbel
Dopplr
Jimdo

The Europas Shortlist: Best Design

Winner: Songkick

Highly Commended: Babbel

Finalists:
IRL Connect
Spotify
Wonga

The Europas Shortlist: Best Bootstrapped Startup (less than 3 years old)

Winner: Soup.io

Highly Commended: Doodle

Finalists:
BookingBug
Mixcloud
Struq

The Europas Shortlist: Best Social Innovation (which benefits society, EMEA)

Winner: Mendeley

Joint Highly Commended: Amazee, School of Everything

Finalists:
Aleveo
Decisions For Heroes

The Europas Shortlist: Best Enterprise / B2B Startup (EMEA)

Winner: Huddle

Highly Commended: Zendesk

Finalists:
BlueKiwi
FreeAgent Central
VideoPlaza

The Europas Shortlist: Best Cleantech / Environmental Startup (EMEA)

Winner: Alertme

Highly Commended: Amee

Finalists:
Dopplr
RouteRank
SpeedSell

The Europas Shortlist: Best European / Real World Gadget (EMEA)

Winner: Poken

Highly Commended: My Name Is E

Finalists:
Fon
INQ Mobile
Modu

The Europas Shortlist: Best Entertainment Application or Service (EMEA)

Winner: SoundCloud

Highly Commended: eRepublik

Finalists:
Moshi Monsters
Playfish
WeeWorld

The Europas Shortlist: Best Mobile Startup (EMEA)

Winner: Nimbuzz

Highly Commended: Goojet

Finalists:
Aka-aki
Bambuser
GetJar

The Europas Shortlist: Best Mobile Application (EMEA)

Winner: Spinvox

Highly Commended: Tweetdeck Mobile

Finalists:
eBuddy
Fring
MobyPicture
Shozu

The Europas Shortlist: Best Startup Founder(s)

Winners: Daniel Ek, Martin Lorentzon, for Spotify

Highly Commended: Alastair Mitchell, Andy McLoughlin, for Huddle.net

Finalists:
Alexander Ljung, Eric Wahlforss, jointly, Soundcloud
Felix Haas, Armin Bauer, Markus Eichinger, Dennis von Ferenczy, Sebastian Baerhold, Marc Bernegger, for Amiando
Richard Jones, Felix Miller, Martin Stiksel, for Last.FM
Richard Moross, Moo

The Europas Shortlist: Best Investor (VC or Angel fund, EMEA)

Winner: TAG – The Accelerator Group

Highly Commended: Index Ventures

Finalists:
Atlas Venture
Eden Ventures
European Founders Fund

The Europas Shortlist: Best Investor Personality (EMEA)

Winner: Yossi Vardi, Angel

Highly Commended: Fred Destin, Atlas Venture

Finalists:
Morten Lund
Robin Klein, TAG
Saul Klein, Seedcamp/Index Ventures

The Europas Shortlist: Best New Startup, Summer 2008-2009

Winner: Spotify

Highly Commended: TweetDeck

Finalists:
SoundCloud
Stupeflix
Tweetmeme

The Europas Grand Prix

Decided by Judges vote only

Winner: Spotify

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  • George

    Three things surprise me:

    Spotify rocks, but seriously… that many awards?

    The nominees in ‘Best Design’ aren’t designed all that well. IRL Connect? What?

    Poken? Come on. Have you even tried the service? Fon would have been a better winner.

    • Jules Morgan

      Best Design was a weak category tbh. In my mind design is either great UI or great creativity.

      Songkick is ‘OK’ but other than that it is THE category where Europe gets dicked on by US companies.

      I love Spotify, but Best Design Shortlist ? Really ? Bit of a joke but I guess it’s there partly because the original voting was poorly done (no links, just list of companies) and people voted them in because they were the hot company they’d heard of.

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    […] to Spotify who tonight swept away 4 (yes 4) awards at the first TechCrunch Europe Awards (the Europas). The awards were created to recognise and honour the best tech companies and startups […]

  • Fritz

    Strange that Spotify only received 4 awards. They are by far the best company in Europe right now. They will change the complete music business.

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  • http://tech-monkey.info/2009/07/10/europe-no-longer-matters-to-lead-position-in-mobile/ Europe no longer matters to lead position in mobile | Tech-monkey.info Blogs

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  • http://fr.techcrunch.com/2009/07/09/la-ceremonie-des-europas-en-live-streaming/ La cérémonie des Europas en Live Streaming (mise à Jour: Spotify, grand Gagnant)

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  • peluchio

    Where are the results of the pitch competition??

    • http://www.elagaan.com financemaster

      they will also come dude

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    […] Eine Liste aller Nominierten und der Gewinner findet ihr hier. […]

  • http://www.cottonrendle.com James Cotton

    Congratulations to Alertme on a well deserved award.

    • http://www.elagaan.com financemaster

      congrats to all of u dear :)

  • adorno

    The results are sketchy, to say the least, but tell me, did Arrington get spit in the face again?

  • http://www.thestartup.eu Stefano Bernardi

    Congrats to everyone, and thanks again to Mike, Petra and Rassami for putting up a great event.

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  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    Thanks people hope you enjoyed the event

    • http://www.facebook.com/people//1070272631 fb1070272631

      Thank you Mike, it was great fun…you should do it next year :-)

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  • Ashfaq Ahmad Shinwary

    Congratulations every one on winning. And congratulations Spotify; you pretty well deserved the awards!!

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    […] being selected in the short lists in two categories for the TechCrunch Europas awards, Babbel was “highly commended” in the category “Best Design”. […]

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  • http://blog.skimlinks.com/2009/07/10/skimlinks-does-the-europas/ Skimlinks Does The Europas | Blog | skimlinks.com

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