Startup Europe Awards


In a few years, the food industry will have to take on one of the greatest challenges affecting humans: the ability to have a sustainable system of production, conservation and distribution of food as well as the reuse of waste or even the production of new foods. There is a need to create and implement different initiatives that can improve the way we manage the food sector.

The Gastronomy StartUp Europe Awards aim to recognize those entrepreneurs who have the solution for all these problems in an efficient and innovative way, communicating the need to address the challenges related to food in the world.



Fashion and everything around it is in constant movement: from the prêt-à-porter to the low cost shops, there are new tendencies that exhaust the old ones and with them new challenges related to the life cycle, the selling and even human rights arise.

Fashion industry is more and more present and its approach affects not only the commerce but many other aspects from our daily life. Those enterprises that could face all these challenges in an innovative, effective and sustainable way will assure the success of fashion world in the near future.

The life cycle of clothes and fashion will be one of the key factors for the industry: to design a sustainable production that encourages the protection of the environment and the reincorporation of material to it in an effective way will be an essential requirement for the industry to keep growing. Initiatives like applications to exchange clothes or to give a “second life” to old clothes are on vogue among clients, therefore, if a second life for clothes could be implemented on a daily basis and at the same time link it to the fashion world could be getting close to solve one of its greatest issues.

Europe has always been a centre of trends and clothes, over time this industry has declined in favour of other countries. The innovation in the fashion world starts with the creation of a European system of fashion: applications that can allow a local production to have an international expansion, all of this from the sustainable consumption framework.

Maybe, that is why the fashion world should also concentrate its effort in create a modern design for the future: innovative, futurist and responsible. Besides, it has to struggle for a democratisation of the fashion, in other to provide everybody with the opportunity of being known along the world to show their designs and ideas.


StartUp Europe Awards aims to recognise the fashion startups that try to create a new way of understanding fashion, from the production to the sale, without forgetting the design and trends.


The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

  • Innovation/Technology
  • Business Model
  • Customer Value Proposition
  • Scalability and Market Reach
  • Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
  • European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.


The European Commission is looking for more cost-effective forms of economy that are more climate-friendly and consume less energy. Its goal for 2050 is to reduce these emissions by 80% gradually. To achieve this goal, clean technologies play a very important role, as well as continuing to move towards an EU-wide low-carbon society.

To reward new companies that develop clean technologies and energy with low or zero carbon emissions, which stimulates growth and employment and helps Europe reduce its use of non-key resources such as energy, raw materials, land and water.


The way classes are taught has hardly changed over the last 150 years, especially in schools. Technologies are changing the job market, and new methods of assessing candidates are emerging. In this sense, and as David Brainbridge, CEO and founder of Knowledgemotion, states, edtech is postulated as the largest digitized sector with the greatest economic potential.

The objective of the “edtech” category is to reward startups that present innovative products or services in the field of education, which can range from online study platforms to websites with interactive learning applications. Special attention will also be given to projects that help to improve education and not only training.


The European space industry is at the forefront, attracting international cooperation thanks to the excellence in research and innovation of its space operators. The policy of the European Space Agency (ESA) is to improve competitiveness, maintain and develop space technology, encourage and promote innovation for new space methods and transfer technology developed for this sector, focusing on all companies in the sector throughout Europe.

To reward innovative startups in the aerospace sector and to position Europe as a world reference in this field.


The legal sector has been revolutionized by the emergence of new technological tools that facilitate its operation in increasingly innovative ways. Legal Tech is a sector that is growing, more and more investors want to exploit it and little by little it is taking hold in Europe. It is about legal services where the technical part joins the legal, all developed with basic technology such as artificial intelligence to assist mechanical tasks. Therefore, this category is created to provide a solution to these new forms aimed at legal services that facilitate their management.

To reward the emergence of new solutions in the legal field. They will be realized through technology and will modernize the sector and help companies to improve both their work and their competitiveness in the market.


Securing the network and information systems in the EU is essential to keep the online economy functioning and ensure its progress. The EU is working to ensure cybersecurity across Europe by increasing the capacity of member states to implement international cooperation on cybersecurity and cybercrime. Its strategy, together with the European Agenda on Security, provides the overall strategic framework for EU cybersecurity and cybercrime initiatives. This is why work must continue to deliver the cybersecurity that all of Europe needs.

To recognize the efforts of startups working in these areas to improve cybersecurity and make citizens able to trust new technologies.


Agritech is a broad sector, which includes a wide variety of technologies and innovations that farmers, distributors and companies in the sector can benefit from throughout the entire production and distribution process. There is great potential to help the agricultural industry find efficiencies, conserve resources and ensure consumers have access to safe and healthy food. For all of this, innovation is a must.

Agritech Startup Europe Awards rewards those startups that offer innovative products, services and methodologies in the field of agriculture and rural.



EU Commission, European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions they all recently agreed that improving the ecosystem for start-ups and scale-ups in Europe will have a direct beneficial effect on jobs and growth in the EU.

Following this premise, the goal of StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is to identify local role models in each ecosystem of startups across Europe. These local entrepreneurs will become inspirational examples for the new generations that will have a positive impact on improving the entrepreneurship culture in Europe. All the same, the identified local successful entrepreneurs will be crucial for local authorities to define tailored programmes to invigorate their local ecosystems and enhance public – private collaboration. These models will be used by external investors to approach local ecosystems.

StartUp Europe Awards also contributes to Commission General Objective 1 to ensure that the new boost for jobs, growth and investment is not concentrated in a few areas in Europe. As it is a fact that startups are the main creators of new jobs in Europe, we need to ensure that the wealth generated by the startups is spread all across Europe benefiting a wider segment of the European society.

To grow and consolidate, startups need an ecosystem of key-players that support these objectives. Along with universities, incubators, accelerators and investors, public administrations have a crucial role: from policies adapted to the new challenges startups tackle to the creation of programs or services for supporting their developing.

A large number of entrepreneurship awards go to startups, entrepreneurs or entreprises. However, despite their important role, public administrations supporting and boosting entrepreneurial activity in their territories do not have a specific recognition for their determination, effort and commitment with potential enterprises which will create wealth and employment. From this fact, Best Public Administration Awards comes to life.


Best Public Administration Award recognises the effort and support of Public Administration at a city, province or region level for the boosting of entrepreneurial activity and innovation in their territory. It aimed to award the Public Administration with the best programme/service addressed to boost entrepreneurs or startups of their geographical area of influence.


The following criteria are essential and discriminatory to be a participant for the aforementioned contest:

  • To have a supporting programme/service addressed to promote entrepreneurship (startups/entrepreneurs) in the geographical area of influence.
  • The only programmes that are considered valid to contest are those that are already implemented (plans are not valid).
  • For 2016 edition, candidates to Best Public Administration Award will be nominated by the organization of StartUp Europe Awards. The nominees will be the winners of prestigious European Awards addressed to Public Administration as European Entrepreneurial Region, EIPA/EPSA, Regio Stars Awards, among others. The list of nominees will be published on StartUp Europe Awards website.


The criteria for the evaluation of the candidates are the following:

  • Goals aligned with Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan and the StartUp Europe Awards mission (highlight local success models to serve as example for other entrepreneurs and next generations; contribute to Commission General Objective 1 to ensure that the new boost for jobs, growth and investment is not concentrated in a few areas in Europe, etc).
  • Impact of the programme/service addressed to boost entrepreneurial activity (startups/entrepreneurs) in the geographical area of influence, based on facts and figures publicly exposed.
  • Commitment to continue supporting startups/entrepreneurs (follow-up, demonstration of how the actions will be sustained beyond the program/service for a longer period, complementary programs/services in 2017, etc.)
  • Social Clauses: job generated, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
  • European Dimension: collaboration with StartUp Europe Awards 2016, participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners. Optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds or other European funding.

Best Media Partner


It is known that startups need to be visible in order to get attention from investors, clients, partners, public administration, local entities and acceleration programs that can support them to grow and scale up according with their objectives. As a startup, one of the biggest hurdles to face is building an initial reputation. One of the best ways to do this is by getting your startup featured in media coverage, but doing that is often easier said than done.
Being featured on media could leave huge benefits for startups: brand visibility and reputation; user acquisition; Investor and partner interest; talent and recruitment, etc. That is the reason why StartUp Europe Awards intends to create a Media Partner Alliance, aimed to engage media from all over the world working on the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation.
In the first year of the initiative, StartUp Europe Awards has proudly achieved to involve 21 Media Partners.


It aims at rewarding the most committed Media Partner of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 with the promotion of the initiative StartUp Europe Awards and the startups participating in the contest.


The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

The criteria for the evaluation of the candidates are the following:

  1. Goals aligned with the StartUp Europe Awards mission (highlight local success models to serve as example for other entrepreneurs and next generations).
  2. Relevance of the media at local, national and European level (figures, recognitions and awards achieved).
  3. Commitment of the media with StartUp Europe Awards 2016 (publications made by the media as part of the coverage of SEUA16 and other types of participation).