Startup Europe Awards


StartUp Europe Awards Ambassadors

StartUp Europe Awards presents a methodology of awards for startups at local, provincial, regional and national level, promoting open innovation and collaboration between the different actors of European ecosystems, through public-private partnerships to support entrepreneurs. It also creates a network of contacts that inspires and makes local startups visible so that through this network they can scale their services and products globally.

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee and Members of the European Parliament. SEUA is sponsored by StartUp Europe Accelerator of the Finnova Foundation.

The initiative recognises the efforts of the most innovative European startups at five levels (local, provincial, regional, national and European) in 18 categories by 2017: Creative Industries, Energy, Fintech, Environment, e-Health, IoT, Smart Cities, Social Innovation, Tourism, Water, Agritech, Legal, Space, Cybersecurity, Climate, Fashion, Edtech and Gastronomy.

SEUA17 offers 4 special awards this year: Best Public Administration for startups, which recognizes the efforts of the public administrations that support entrepreneurship and innovation; Best Media Partner, which chooses the media most committed to promoting the initiative and participating startups; Best startup of LATAM and .

StartUp Europe Awards already has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, DG Enterprise and DG Information and Communication Technologies of the European Commission, in this moments 12 MEP are taking part of this initiative, the Italian, Brando Benifei, Romanian  Sorin Moisă, Estonian Kaja Kallas, Romanian Victor Negrescu, Spanish Esther Herranz, Latvian Inese Vaidere, Italian Marco Zanni, Bulgarian Eva Maydell,  Croatian Ivana Maletić, Spanish Gabriel Mato, Irish Seán Kelly and Dutchman Lambert van Nistelrooij.  The Spanish Pablo Zalba, president of Official Institute of Credit. All of them have joined StartUp Europe Awards as ambassadors, supporting local events with their presence and closely following the progress of the StartUp Europe Awards.

Its dimension has also attracted the attention of several international media outlets that have become Media Partners, as Forbes, Independent, Spanish Public Television, La Libre, o EUnews.

The StartUp Europe Awards 2016 final was held at the European Parliament and was honoured by President Antonio Tajani. The ceremony was also attended by the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas; the President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambert; the Vice-President for Communication of the Economic and Social Committee, Gonçalo Lobo Xavier; the Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Michel Servoz, the Spanish Ambassador in Belgium, and several members of the European Parliament.

Currently, all the national country manager are celebrating their owns final. The StartUp Europe Awards European winners are coming soon.


Six winning startups to represent Latvia in the final of StartUp Europe Awards

Under the frame of TechChill conference in Riga, SEUA16 Latvia has announced the six winners of their national StartUp Europe Awards 2016. The national Final Ceremony in Latvia, organised by the country manager “Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” has been last out of 13 events awarding best startups of 2016 in Europe which will now compete in the European Final in Brussels next spring.

National jury evaluated the performance of the previous year on the basis of the applications received, as well as in a wider context, on the basis of their expert-level knowledge of the Latvian startup industry as a whole.

Mrs Inese Vaidere, MEP from Latvia and ambassador for StartUp Europe Awards,  delivered the diplomas to the winning startups. The role of the ambassador in this competition is to support local startups and entrepreneurs. “Latvia is not a country with inexhaustible natural resources, but we are smart and educated people who are able to create products with high added value. Latvia clearly has the potential to become a centre in Europe, offering a stimulating and supportive
environment in which businesses grow and thrive”  – said Mrs Inese Vaidere.

The winners of the SEUA16 from Latvia are:

In the Creative Category Mozello the world’s easiest to use website builder.

Nordigen which offers transaction categorisation for improved credit scoring, is the winner in Fintech Category.

In the GREEN Category the winner is Conelum a biotechnological startup focused on development of rapid microbiological diagnostic tests for food and drink industry companies.

Anatomy Text   is augmented reality, web based software for medical education and healthcare professionals, and the winner for HEALTH Category.

The winner in ICT Category is Notakey, a smartphone based solution for strong & smooth authentication and authorisation.

Finally, Rention a Property Management Platform that helps you overview and control all your estate from A to Z, is the winner in the Smart Cities Category.

“Latvian Association of Public Relations Professionals (LASAP)” decided award a special prize for achievements in public relations to 4SmartStreets.

SEUA also applauds efforts of media in supporting development of startup ecosystem in Latvia by awarding three media outlets – Labs of Latvia, and technology blog who during the past year drawn particular attention to Latvian entrepreneurial activities by promoting creative tech ideas to broad Latvian audience.

SEUA has so far brought together more than 1,000 startup applications and 13 national awards ceremonies on the continent, with more than 80 startups awarded. Startup Europe Awards has been called The Eurovision of Startups, identifying the role models for startup ecosystems across the Europe.

StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission, has the support of the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as ambassadors and is implemented by Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe.


  • Thanks to our Media Partner for covering the SEUA16 Latvian final.
  • Pictures by Dan Taylor and Sandija Veipa, thanks to TechChill