Endomondo, iZettle, Podio and Rovio Win At The Europas

    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 Business or Enterprise Startup
    Winner: Podio (DNK)
    Highly commended: 23 Video (DNK), iZettle (SWE)
    Finalist: Pipedrive (EST)

    Best Advertising or Marketing Startup
    Finalists: Campalyst (Baltic), Thinglink (FIN)

    Best Startup Tool For Startups
    Highly commended: BusyFlow (LTU)
    Finalists: Appharbor (DNK)

    Best Entertainment, Audio, Video, Music Startup
    Finalists: Miivies (FIN), Flowd (FIN), TuneRights (SWE)

    Best Gaming or Social Games Startup
    Highly commended: Shadow Cities / Grey Area (FIN)

    Best Social Platform or Networking Startup
    Finalists: Flirtic (EST), Zerply (SWE & EST)

    Best Commerce, Finance or Payments Startup
    Winner: iZettle (SWE)
    Highly commended: Flattr (SWE)
    Finalists: Holvi (FIN), Transferwise (EST)

    Best Sport, Leisure or Health Startup
    Winner: Endomondo (DNK)
    Highly commended: Sportlyzer (EST)

    Best Transport, Travel or Environmental Startup
    Highly commended: Tripbirds (SWE)

    Best Service Provider to Startups (Legal, Financial, PR etc)
    Highly commended: 2Pears (SWE)

    Best European Startup Accelerator
    Finalists: Garage48 (EST), Startup Sauna (FIN)

    Best VC of the Year
    Finalists: Creandum (Nordic), Fast Lane Ventures (RUS), Kite Ventures (RUS), Northzone Ventures (Nordic)

    Best Exit 2011
    Finalists: Slando (RUS), Yandex (RUS)

    Best Angel or Seed Investor of the Year
    Finalists: Lifeline Ventures (FIN), Morten Lund (DNK), Thomas Madsen-Mygdal (DNK)

    Best Startup Advisor/Mentor of the Year
    Highly commended: Tine Thygesen / Everplaces (DNK)
    Finalists: Ksenia Yolkina / Yandex (RUS)

    Best VC Partner of the Year
    Finalists: Mattias Ljungman (SWE), Niklas Zennström (SWE)

    Best Startup Founder / Co-founders
    Winner: Alexander Ljung & Eric Wahlforss / SoundCloud (orig. from SWE)
    Finalist: Christian Lanng / Tradeshift (DNK)

    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)