Startup Europe Awards


The final of the Green and Water categories of the StartUp Europe Awards will be held on the 24th of July

On July 24th at 11:00 a.m. the final of the of the Green and Water categories of the StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) will be held in the Hall 9 (floor 9) of the Berlaymont Building. The event will be attended by Commissioner Karmenu Vella, who will welcome the winners of the competition.

The 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 several Members of the European Parliament. SEUA is supported by the StartUp Europe Accelerator of the Finnova Foundation.

The finalists in the green category are: representing Belgium Robin Food is an application which aims to prevent the waste of food that is approaching its sell-by date. On behalf of Bulgaria ShiftIDEAS (BIOMYC) is developing a fully biodegradable material made of agricultural waste. Representing Croatia is Growcity which has created the ecobox, a mobile food cultivation system integrated into a transport container. From Greece, Billagi manufactures environmentally friendly women’s clothing. Representing Ireland SwiftComply‘s objective is to assist restaurants with the compliance of the regulation in its sector. On behalf of Macedonia Omega Raw and Organic Cosmetics has created a new type of organic cosmetics called “eatable” due to their organic composition. From Poland Hyper Poland has a multidisciplinary team working on the creation of new means of transport. Representing Spain Miracoil promotes scientific research in the field of hydrocarbons, renewable energies and natural resources, recycling all types of materials. Its efficient Thermomechanical Cracking Process (TMCP) makes it possible to obtain liquid hydrocarbons and create second-hand biofuels.

Whereas the finalists in the water category are: in representation of Bulgaria ENOVA, whose objective is to develop innovative instruments for better and faster water quality control through its BOD monitoring system. From Italy, Mysnowmaps displays daily information of snow in the territory, helping to plan excursions in advance. From Luxembourg Weteq is a clean technology company which offers services for wastewater treatment, help to increase process efficiency, reduce costs, comply with regulations and be more environmentally friendly. Representing Poland HandyShower offers an innovative 3-in-1 personal hygiene system that can be used as a faucet, shower or bidet. From Romania, SOWAT has developed the only technology that allows to obtain potable water without the presence of genetic material of bacteria while preserving at the same time the minerals in the water.

Winners will be announced through our social networks.


Four startups will represent Cantabria at the Startups Europe Awards Spain 2018

Last Sunday was held in Torrelavega the First Open Competition for Entrepreneurship. The winners of this competition will represent Cantabria at the StartUp Europea Awards Spain 2018. This initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation is 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 several Members of the European Parliament. StartUp Europe Accelerator of the Finnova Foundation also supports this initiative.

StartUp Europe Awards presents an award methodology for startups at local, regional, national and European level that encourages open innovation and collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystem, through public-private partnerships to support entrepreneurs. In addition, it creates a network of contacts that will inspire and give visibility to all local startups so that, using this network, they can scale their services and products globally.

The Advanced Oxidation project focuses on the cleaning and disinfection of work centres in the food industry through the execution of oxidation processes using only cold water and dispensing with chemical components. This startup will represent the province in the Climate category.

Lombricultura Val del Mazo worm farming, winner of the  category Agritech, is focused on biotechnology applied to livestock.

Investalga AHTI with a project on algae culture for the extraction of added value compounds for biomedicine and biotechnology will be the representative of Cantabria in the  e-Health category.

Wetkube, with a project focused on the production and marketing of a system for the transport and acceleration of neoprene drying will represent Cantabria in the Green category.



Open call for SEUA17 Greece StartUp Europe Awards 2017

StartUp Europe Awards 2017 in Greece opens a call until 1 of December 2017 to look for startups in Greece. If you are a startup, with all you team located in Greece you can apply for the Eurovision of the Startups. In each category (Agritech, Climate, Creative, Cybersecurity, Edtech, Energy, Fashion, Gastronomy, Green, eHealth, IoT, Legal, Fintech,Smart City, Social, Spacial, Tourism and Water) they will be specific eligibility criteria, so pay attention to the application form. If your startup fulfils the criteria in some specific category, you can proceed to the inscription.

The participation is highly recognized like a European Competition, since is promoted by the European Commission, supported by the President of the Committee of Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe Accelerator. The selected national finalist will gain European exposure at the official website of StartUp Europe Awards, as through social media a website from whole Europe.

The institute of Entrepreneurship Development is the country manager of StartUp Europe Awards in Greece. In this frame, iED selects every year the best Greek Startups by category.

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Twelve startups will represent Ireland in the Final of StartUp Europe Awards

More than 25 startups from four geographical regions all over Ireland were competing for a prestigious StartUp Europe Awards in the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards.

The organizer received more than 30 applications from Dublin to Munster or Ulster. All the category winners will receive a package of advertising space with Independent Newspaper valued at 8.000 euros in a legal service package valued at 7.000 euros.

EnergyElephant, Energy categories winner, has the vision to help people make better energy decisions by helping them understand their energy data. Deciding on investing in renewable energy or energy efficiency technology is hard, so they solve this problem by allowing anyone on the planet simply uploand their energy bills to our platform to discover savings.

For the Cybersecurity category, the winner is Corrata, specialized in providing an enterprise mobility solutions to organizations globally by providing them with technology which protects their organization from the risk associated with their employees use the mobile devices without compromising their employee’s user experience.

Glissed, the biggest online platform for freelance beauty profesionals wins the Fashion category. They allow freelance hair stylists and makeup artists to give the customers the ability to book beauty appointments to their home, hotel or office outside of salon hours. Their vision is to take the freelance beauty industry online.

For the Green category, Swiftcomply, with the vision to simplify environmental compliance for more sustainable communities. They help restaurant and chef producing good food an protecting the environment at the same time.

At Gastronomy category, the winner is The Irish Biltong. This startup produces high protein sliced beef snack food, for the on-the-go individuals. These snacks contains a high concentration of healthy nutrients, are low in sugar and low in fat. It is made from their own grass fed Irish beef.

Popertee is Creative category winners. They build artificial intelligence that matches the perfect audience with the perfect location, enabling brands to discover and book spaces for their marketing and retail campaigns.

In Smarth Cities, SmartTrace win this category. The startup wants to remove world “WASTE” from dictionary – Waste is just a resource that we are not harvesting because of lack of understanding and ignorance of its value. We want to change perception of waste from nuisance to valuable feedstock, delivering triple bottom line to manufacturing companies, financial gains, compliance and huge environmental impact. SmartTrace is a new standard delivering circular economy.

Yedup, the winner of Fintech, develop ultra-fast mathematical algorithms to power the next generation in AI technology.

Medimee is going to represent Ireland in e-Health category.  Their objective is to help save lives and enhance health & safety in the workplace, knowing your vital emergency medical information can be communicated even if you cannot, through the simple use of technology.

Aidtech is the winner in Social category. This startup wants to leverage blockchain technology to increase the transparency & efficiency of the delivery of funds, resources & social services.

In the Legal category, the winner is Courtsdesk, with a breaking news service and research database for case details across all UK and Ireland court levels, and in future, the world. With a research tool, the platform allows users to monitor companies and people for involvement in litigation, for example.

To finish, Studybundles wins Edtech category. They sell a software as a service solution to universities, colleges, and schools globally.

StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.



Energy StartUp Europe Awards is looking for Country Managers, MEPs Ambassadors and Media Partners for 2017 edition

Brussels, 19th June, 2017. The Finnova Foundation, in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 organised by the European Commission, launches the call for Energy Country Managers, Energy Ambassadors (Members of the European Parliament) and Energy Media Partners for Energy StartUp Europe Awards 2017.

Energy StartUp Europe Awards 2017 is looking for Country Managers, who can organise the energy award at national level in order to recognize the best Energy startup in their respective countries. The call is also open to Energy Media Partners, who could provide visibility and follow the progress of the participants, and for Energy Ambassadors, Members of the European Parliament who could provide institutional support and invite a group of Energy startups to visit EU institutions.

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative of the European Commission and 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 several members from the European Parliament. SEUA is supported by the StartUp Europe Accelerator of the Finnova Foundation.

StartUp Europe Awards presents a prize methodology for startups at local, regional and national level that fosters the open innovation and the collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystems, through the private-public partnership to support entrepreneurs. “Besides, it creates a network of contacts that will inspire and provided visibility to all the local startups so that, by using this network, they can scale their services and products at a global level”, stated Juanma Revuelta, the Director of Finnova’s Startup Europe Accelerator.

Energy StartUp Europe Awards aims to reward the best initiatives working in projects related to the development of sustainable and efficient energy models, based on renewable energies, as well as the development and technology transfer in the area of renewable energies along with the best governance projects and citizenship participation in the development of renewable energies.

From left to right: Inese Vaidere, Latvian MEP; Caritta Sepa, COO Tespack; Sami Pfaler, Chief of Sales Tespack; Blanca Losada, Chief Technology &Engineering Officer Gas Natural Fenosa, and Juanma Revuelta, general director for Finnova Foundation

The winner for Energy category of the StartUp Europe Award 2016 European Final is Tespack, a Finish startup (based in Valencia, Spain) specialised in mobile energy, in the generation of energy on-the-go. By combining top-notch technology, solar and connectivity, they have created different Smart Wear for different activities. They have developed a new, innovative ultra-fast charging technology (3 times faster than Qualcomm) so it is possible to charge their new power bank full in 12 minutes only (to be launched in 2017).

The others finalists of the Startup Europe Awards 2016 in the Energy Category by countries were: SWIRL (Luxembourg), Jitiv (Poland), Tinja (Croatia), Smart Load Solutions (Estonia), UrbanVolt (Ireland) and Veranu (Italy).

StartUp Europe Awards recognizes the effort of the European startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in 18 categories for 2017: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, e-Health, IoT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism, Water, Agritech, Legal, Space, Cibersecurity, Climate, Fashion, Edtech and Gastronomy.

SEUA17 offers 4 special recognitions this year: Best Public Administration for startups Award, for recognizing the effort of the public administrations in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation; Best Media Partner, to highlight the Media Partner most committed with the promotion of the initiative and the startups participating in the contest; Best LATAM StartUp and Best Female Entrepreneur.

European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, the EUSEW is organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with Directorate-General for Energy.


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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

Five startups will represent Finland in the Final of StartUp Europe Awards

More than 15 startups from six cities all over Finland were competing for a prestigious StartUp Europe Awards in a National StartUp Europe Awards Pitch Competition, brought to Finland this year by Nordic Female Business Angel Network sponsored by NewCo, Helsinki Business Hub, Nordea and Slush.

The organizer NFBAN received 22 applications from Kotka to Turku and Tampere. 16 semi-finalists were invited to an online pitching event on November 16.  Each startup had a time slot of 10 minutes, during which they were pitching their company for 5 minutes and had 5 minutes to answer questions from 6 members of jury, representing experts from 3 different countries with diverse industry backgrounds, active and well established within the startup ecosystem.

High quality of presentations made jury’s task of selecting finalists and a winner quite a challenge. In the ceremony held at Newco on Thursday 24 November, from a shortlist of 8 finalists, were chosen five outstanding startups to represent Finland in the European final of StartUp Europe Awards.

PromoRepublic, a Finnish SaaS that helps Small Businesses and Marketers create amazing social media posts based on the context of the day: holidays, trends and events, will represent Finland in the ICT Category, and they also received first prize of the Pitch Competition.

For the ENERGY category, the winner is Tespack, specialized in providing a complete mobile energy experience by combining latest technology and renewables with a focus on generation of energy on-the-go.

Heimo, the anonymous & safe online community for untellable stories, was chosen in the category of SOCIAL.

For the TOURISM Category the jury chose Duara, a platform for communities in low-income countries to offer home stay experiences to impact-minded travelers.

Finally, Bryom wich turns smartwatches into a personal safety system replacing most elderly care wearables, devices and sensors with a single nice looking smart watch, will represent Finland for the category of HEALTH.

StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe


For more information please contact Florence Korhonen, founder and Chair at NFBAN – Nordic Female Business Angel Network: email:


Silicon Luxembourg becomes new Media Partner for StartUp Europe Awards

Silicon Luxembourg is the unique media source for startup news in Luxembourg circulating information through a web platform, social networks, a print and digital magazine (SILICON), a newsletter and a mobile application coming soon.

From now onwards, Silicon Luxembourg is the new media partner for StartUp Europe Awards 2016 (SEUA16), an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation, with the support of StartUp Europe. This initiative aims at gathering all the startups awards organisers across Europe under the umbrella of the StartUp Europe Awards Alliance. Thus, the winners in each member state’s startups awards will become national candidates for the final phase of the StartUp Europe Awards to be held in the first quarter of 2017 in Brussels.

As media partner for the StartUp Europe Awards, Silicon Luxembourg will follow the progress of the startups coming from Luxembourg through SEUA16.