The third annual European Tech Startup Awards (Europas) were held in London last night. Quite a few Nordic and Baltic startups made the list of finalists in several categories again this year and over 40 000 public votes were cast to aid the advisory board in selecting the winners.
Nordic/Baltic highlights from this year’s awards included iZettle (winner of Best Commerce, Finance or Payments Startup), Podio (winner of Best Business or Enterprise Startup) and Endomondo (winner of Best Sports, Leisure or Health Startup). Rovio’s flock of Angry Birds took home The Europas Hero Award for “kicking ass globally from Europe”. Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss of SoundCloud (originally from Sweden) were also named the best founders/co-founders of the year. The Grand Prix Award went to UK-based Peer Index.
Congratulations to all the Nordic and Baltic finalists, especially Endomondo, iZettle, Podio and Rovio!
Here’s a rundown of all the “arctic” finalists:
Best Transport, Travel or Environmental Startup
Highly commended: Tripbirds (SWE)
Best Service Provider to Startups (Legal, Financial, PR etc)
Highly commended: 2Pears (SWE)
The Europas Hero Award – Kicking Ass Globally From Europe
Winner: Rovio (FIN)
Highly commended: Tradeshift (DNK)
Finalists: Bambuser (SWE), Habbo Hotel (FIN), KupiVIP (RUS), SoundCloud (orig. from SWE)