The Europas, the European Startup Awards, were held last night in London. It was the culmination of a month of online voting by the European tech startup industry for the finalists, where some 33,126 votes were cast across 23 categories, eight judges deliberated over the results and over 350 people paid to join the cream of Europe’s startups, VCs and entrepreneurs on the 31st story of stunning venue with amazing views over central London.
Here are the winners and finalists.
Winner of The Europas Grand Prix
Judges’ comment: With a hockey stick of revenue coming in from membership subscriptions, the cuddly Moshi Monsters game for kids is now forecasting a further $100 million in related merchandise next year in toys, trading cards, magazines and books. This is an outstanding European startup which is proving that you can scale a company multi-nationally from Europe.
Best New Startup in 2010
Judges’ comment: Flattr is disrupting the world of online content by providing a payment mechanism which could support a just about any site. If Facebook Like is the new Digg, Flattr is the new tipjar.
Best Business or Enterprise Startup 2010
Judges’ comment: Tradeshift’s free invoicing tool is disrupting the world of invoicing and has the potential to change how economies operate.
Best Advertising or Marketing Tech Startup 2010
Judges’ comment: With a board crammed full of academics expert in things like artificial intelligence and learning mathematics, Cognitive Match has a big future in advertising, an area which will be profoundly changed by platforms like this.
Populis (formerly GoAdv)
Best Cleantech/Environmental Tech Startup 2010
Judges’ comment:Whipcar is the world’s first peer-to-peer car rental service, and as such has the potential to change the nature of car use to one which is many times more efficient and ‘green’ than it is today.
SpeedSell (for recycling)
Best Hardware or Gadget Startup 2010
Maxroam SIM roaming card
Judges’ comment: By creating a SIM car anyone can use globally, and a service which cuts roaming charges, Maxroam has become the European startup entrepreneur’s SIM of choice, and deservedly so.
Best Startup Founder / Co-Founders 2010
Errol Damelin, Wonga
Judges’ comment: Few people can fail to be charmed by Errol Damelin’s boundless enthusiasm for startups, and his contribution to the scene remains strong even as he leads Wonga, which aims to revolutionise the UK’s huge consumer credit market, enabling people to manage their cash flow without the need for a long-term credit card dependency. Damelin was a unanimous choice of both the judges and the public online voting for this category.
Alexander Ljung, Eric Wahlforss, jointly, Soundcloud
Michael Acton Smith, Moshi Monsters
Alastair Mitchell and Andy McLoughlin, jointly, Huddle.net
Daniel Ek / Martin Lorentzon, Spotify
David Langer, Andy Young, Groupspaces
Kieran O’Neill, Playfire.com
Alex Chesterman, Simon Kain, Zoopla
Best VC or Seed Fund of the Year 2010
Judges’ comment: Index Ventures continues to a be a strong force on the European startup scene. It’s establishment of Index Seed and work with Robin Klein at TAG has proven to be a boon to early stage entrepreneurs.
360 Capital Partners
European Founders Fund
Highland Capital Partners
Team Europe Ventures
Best Angel Investor of the Year 2010
Judges’ comment: As an early backer of Last.fm, Stefan Glaenzer has continued his support for Europe’s startups, establishing, with Eileen Tso Burbidge and Robert Dighero, the new White Bear Yard incubator. Glaenzer’s breadth of investing across Europe, especially Germany and the UK, remains strong, and appreciated by startups. The Judges and the industry online voting were at one on this.
Dave McClure, 500 Startups
Italian Angels for Growth
PRO Founders Capital
The Accelerator Group
Best Startup Advisor/Mentor of the Year 2010
Sherry Coutu, Angel
Judges’ comment: Sherry Coutu was an early pioneer of the tech startup scene in Europe, and now, as a key driver of Silicon Valley Comes to Cambridge, is also a prime mover of networking and advice to startups. Although one who’s natural instinct is to shun the limelight, Coutu is a highly respected mentor and advisor by all who meet her.
Angel Gambino, Angel
Bindi Karia, Microsoft Bizspark
Eileen Burbidge, White Bear Yard
Alex Hoye, Angel
Barry Vitou Bootlaw
Katy Turner, Eden Ventures
Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp
Stefan Glaenzer, White Bear Yard
Sonali De Rycker, Accel Partners
Sean Seton Rogers, Profounders
Yossi Vardi, Angel
Best Service Provider to Startups 2010
Winston & Strawn / Bootlaw
Judges’ comment: Barry Vitou and Danvers Baillieu are familiar faces on the London startup scene, but unlike the average lawyers, actually began given away advice to startups via their Bootlaw workshops. And startups from across Europe have been helped by their sessions, hence their deserved win in this category.
Best Ongoing Startup Programme 2010
Judges’ comment: Seedcamp is perhaps the biggest pan-European startup programme to date. Starting three years ago, it’s gone on to become a massive contributor to the eco-system and now has an unrivalled network of mentors. Though others have appeared, Seedcamp was the first, and remains the one – under CEO Reshma Sohoni – the one to watch.
Startup Bootcamp (Denmark)
BizSpark (Microsoft Europe)
The Difference Engine (UK)
The Founder Institute (Pan-European)
Best Platform Startup 2010
Judges’ comment: Tweetdeck started making sense of Twitter for ‘pro users’ only in 2008 but has since become a mainstream tool. Now aggregating a variety of social platforms, it’s extended to other devices and continues to innovate at a fast pace under CEO and founder Iain Dodsworth.
Curated.by (on Twitter)
Duedil.com (on LinkedIn)
Paper.li (on Twitter)
PeerIndex (on Twitter)
Qwerly.com (on Twitter
Tweetmeme (on Twitter)
Best Exit 2010
Betfair (public listing)
Judges’ comment: Betfair’s well deserved IPO was a highly on 2010 and proves that global, heavyweight startups can originate from Europe.
My CityDeal to Groupon
Plink to Google
TrustedPlaces to Yell.com
Hostelworld / Web Reservations International to Hellman Friedman
Best European Startup Tool For Startups 2010
Judges’ comment: Codility is now the tool of choice for startups interviewing and filtering engineers across Europe – a well deserved award.
Best European Web Application Or Service 2010
Judges’ comment: One of the most original startup in the world today, Spotify continues to attract debate. But one thing is clear – its users are hugely passionate about the service and it has the potential to completely change the music industry. Its European status is also assured, but it’s not stopping here on its path to attempt global domination. Definitely one to watch.
Best Mobile Startup 2010
Judges’ comment: In a short space of time Layar has become a by-word for augmented reality on mobile and in creating a platform for other to innovate on Layar is well positioned for the future.
Best Entertainment, Sport or Leisure Startup 2010
Judges’ comment: Having though deeply about fantasy games, the old HubDub team pivoted into sports and came up with Fanduel. They now have a smash hit on their hands. At the same time they are proving that you can run a startup that looks like it’s from the US, when in fact it’s from Europe.
Map My Tracks
Best Learning Startup 2010
Judges’ comment: Moshi Monsters are teaching kids via their cute cuddly creatures online and now turning into a global educational brand, with the virality of a Disney movie and the educational ethics of the world’s best teachers.
Best Music Startup 2010
Judges’ comment: A platform which has been described as the Twitter of Facebook for Music, Soundcloud has scaled in Europe and is now assaulting the US market.
Best Video Startup 2010
Judges’ comment: Brainient is at the leading edge of video advertising innovation, building tools that help agencies turn existing video ads into interactive experiences. Another one to watch in Europe.
Best Social Innovation Startup 2010
Patients Know Best
Judges’ comment: Patients Know Best is handing the control of health care back to the people that matter the most – the patients. The judges felt that this was a laudible way to change society for the beter.
LeapCR.com / LeapAnywhere
Best Commerce Startup 2010
Judges’ comment: In assembling the world’s biggest database of spas, Wahanda is taking on the biggest players and disrupting in a huge niche. It’s further innovating with offers for its community. If Amazon had wanted to ‘do’ health and beauty, this is the way they would have done it.
Moonfruit has been providing DIY tools for people to design and build ‘Beautiful websites, simply.’ since 1999. To date 2.7m+ websites have been built by small businesses, communities, families, designers, crafters and freelancers who want to express themselves online without having to code. Moonfruit is passionate about creativity and simplifying technology for everyone. Our latest release Moonfruit 5.0 is not just a website editor, it behaves more like a graphic design package giving you control over the detailed design of your site. The Flash environment allows true drag and drop, point and click editing. You can layer, crop, animate, colour, apply transparency to objects on your page. You can also now add HTML widgets and social media tools to your sites. All sites are rendered in Flash and an alternate version in HTML. Moonfruit has been profitable since 2003 and grew 70% in 2009. Please go to www.moonfruit.com for more information.
Bootlaw is a free boot camp for emerging technology, internet and digital businesses and the professionals working in them who want to learn more about the legal issues they face. With over 600 members, it is the biggest law-related meetup on meetup.com and it is brought to you by lawyers Barry Vitou and Danvers Baillieu, the friendly technology specialists at Winston & Strawn in London. For more information go to www.bootlaw.com
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