The creme of UK and Europe’s Tech startup community were at Techcrunch’s Europas Awards last night. The inaugural event was held at the highly fashionable Delfina in London. We also had guests from across the pond, including Sarah Lacy and a very hoarse Scoble. An endless stream of beer, wine and Tech startup high energy made for a great evenings entertainment. The evening started with six startup pitches, followed by a panel discussion and then the awards.
The Awards are up (image source)
First to pitch was Bernhard Niesner from Busuu with their Language learning and community app. Bernhard gave a energetic pitch with amusing Austrian humor. Next up was Heikki Haldre from Fit.me a Virtual fitting Room app. A female from the audience had the crowd in stitches when she commented that most women don’t know their breast size. You can image the follow on comments.. Philipp Hubertus Mohr from Comufy pitched their award winning personal communication aggregator.
Pitchero will help the UK find the next Jonny Wilkinson according to Mark Fletcher who gave a fast paced tour of their sport community websites app. The next pitch was from GigLocator who launch next week. James Proud gave a very relaxed, honest and friendly pitch. The crowd loved it. Last up was Ravi Sharma from Emarket with their CMG on-line exchange site.
After the pitches a distinguished panel discussed the European startup scene:
- Stefan Glaenzer, from Last.FM feels that Europe is 3-4 years behind The Valley and falling further back. Stefan believes we need to focus more on sales and marketing. However we do need to keep in mind that Silicon Valley is in its own bubble.
- Sarah Lacy, author & TechCrunch editor, is on a world entrepreneurship and Innovation tour. Sarah’s visiting many emerging markets including India and China. Sarah sees demand increasing from non Western markets and Silicon Valley slipping back.
- Michael Birch, co-founder of Bebo and Brent Hoberman, MyDeco’s, announced they are setting up PROfounders Capital. This is an investment fund for startups. Its run by experienced founders for startups founders. Nice idea.
- Tariq Krim, founder of Netvibes – Tariq talked about the need to think globally with your startup.
It seems from the discussion we’ve come along way in Europe but have much further to go in today’s global economy.
Spotify scooped up the most awards. They won: Best Web Application; Best Startup Founder(s); Best New Startup; and “The Europas GRAND PRIX”.
The full list of categories and winners are:
- Best Bootstrapped Startup (less than 3 years old) – Soup.io
- Best Design – Songkick
- Best Social Innovation (benefits society, EMEA) – Mendeley
- Best Cleantech / Environmental Startup (EMEA) – Alertme
- Best European Hardware / Real World Gadget (EMEA) – Poken
- Best Entertainment App or Service (EMEA) – SoundCloud
- Best Mobile Startup (EMEA) – Nimbuzz
- Best Mobile Application (EMEA) – Spinvox
- Best Web Application Or Service (EMEA) – Spotify
- Best Enterprise / B2B Startup (EMEA) – Huddle
- Best Startup Founder(s) – Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, jointly for Spotify
- Best Investor (VC or Angel fund, EMEA) – The Accelerator Group
- Best Investor Personality (EMEA) – Yossi Vardi
- Best New Startup, Summer 2008-2009 – Spotify
- “The Europas GRAND PRIX” – Spotify
It was an evening of much fun and frolicking:
Mike on high!! (source)
Well done to all the pitchers for their efforts and congratulations to the Award winners. Mike and his team did a wonderful job of organising this fabulous event. Until next year. Our startup may even enter with our new website monitoring app..