European startup gala The Europas: now with more categories than the Oscars (!)15 Jan, 2013
It will be a busy week in Berlin: this weekend sees the second HyBerlin! event (Whiteboard will be there, if you’re interested to meet up, let us know on our Facebook page). And later next week, it’s the award ceremony of the Europas.
The Europas were started as an awards ceremony by TechCrunch Europe editor Mike Butcher to celebrate the most promising European startups. In November, he wrote that he would let Paddy Cosgrave’s Web Summit team handle the organization. Next week’s Berlin edition is the first to be organised by the Web Summit team, so we fully expect them to try to impress.
After an intense round of voting – almost 150 000 votes – we know that gaming startup Wooga won the people’s choice awards at The Europas, but there’s still plenty of winners to be announced. The Europas says it received more than 1000 nominations for awards in 30 categories (the Oscars have 24! okay, 35 if you count the technical categories that no one cares about), and more than a 1000 people will attend the ceremony.
The startup nominations were weeded out by a panel of judges including partners at Kleiner Perkins, Accel, Index, Google Ventures, Crunchfund and entrepreneurs like Jawed Karim (founder of YouTube), Errol Damelin (Wonga), Michael Birch (Bebo) and a gaggle of European tech bloggers. And Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter, who is an angel investor too apparently.
For the first time, the Europas will have regional categories, for startups in the UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Germany, Russia and other (expect some overlap with TheNextWeb’s “Europioneers”).
Mike Butcher (photo) says it shows the European startup scene is flourishing: “Europe has never seen so much tech startup activity. There’s been a huge surge in the quality and quantity of startups across Europe.”
“Even as Europe goes through times economic times, we’re seeing a cultural shift towards entrepreneurship amongst the new generation. We’re also seeing more companies like SoundCloud, Hailo, Supercell and others follow in the footsteps of Skype and, lately, Wooga and Spotify as European startups with global ambitions. Many have have paved the way for the new companies we’ll be recognising at The Europas later this month – and there’ll be many more to come.”
Update: Butcher didn’t sell the Europas, but let Web Summit handle logistics and organization of the event
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