The StartUp Europe Awards final event will take place on November 14 and 15 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In total, 134 startups—digital and non-digital—coming from 16 countries have contested to be appointed best startup in Europe in any of the 18 categories of the prize.
StartUp Europe Awards initiative, promoted by the European Commission and Finnova Foundation, in collaboration with Startup Europe, will recognise the best startups in Europe in 18 categories, in the so-called “Eurovision for startups”. This recognition will take place in Sofia and will be divided in two sessions: one, on 14th November during the Startup Europe Ambassador 2nd Campfire and the second on 15th November during Startup Europe Summit. It will be chaired by the European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel. It will also count on the honorific presence of the Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova; the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boiko Borísov, in addition to other European Prime Ministers and Ministers; the Founder & CEO of Factory, President of Startup Portugal and Angel Investor in Europe, Simon Schaefer and the Senior Vice President & General Manager at Dell EMC, CEE and chair of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board, Anja Monrad.
StartUp Europe Awards proposes a methodology of open innovation through the public-private partnership, “that works for the public entities to find a solution for its local challenges and for the startups to try its innovations in pilots supported with European funding”, declares Juanma Revuelta, director of StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation.
In total, 134 finalists startups from Ireland, Poland, Romania, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Spain, Macedonia, Portugal, Hungary, Ukraine and Belgium, will opt for the recognition of best startup in the categories of IoT, Cybersecurity, Smart Cities, Fintech, Space, Edtech, eHealth, Legal, Social, Water, Green, Agritech, Climate, Energy, Tourism, Creative, Fashion and Gastronomy.
“From the Commission, we want that entrepreneurship generating growth and employment is not only present in a few cities or regions. Thus, more people can benefit from the impact and can have inspiration by other role models” assures Isidro Laso, Head of Startups and Scaleups Sector (Startup Europe), DG CNECT.
The 14 Luxembourgish finalists startups that will compete for one of the European prizes by category are:
- Evvos (Agritech)
- Swirl (Climate)
- Itondo (Creative)
- Trust1Team (Cybersecurity)
- EduTec (Edtech)
- Doctena (eHealth)
- Tank D (Energy)
- Investify (Fintech)
- Airboxlab (IoT)
- Examotive (Smart Cities)
- Digital Inclusion (Social)
- OQ Technologies (Space)
- Weteq (Water)
- VR Creative (Tourism)
In addition to distinguishing the best startups from Europe in 18 categories, the StartUp Europe Awards final will also recognise the Best Public Administration for Startups, a pioneering prize which aims to recognise the best programmes or public services supporting entrepreneurs and innovation at municipal, regional and national level. The initiative also recognises the Best Media Partner, a prize that will be given to the media partner most committed to the dissemination of the entrepreneurship and the startups; the Best Female Entrepreneurship, which recognizes the best startup created and developed by a woman, and the Best LATAM Startup, which will recognize the labour of the best startup coming form Latino America.