Startup Europe Awards


StartUp Europe Awards Special Edition SES19 is looking for the best European startups

  • The startups will be able to apply to these prizes filling a form until 23:59 hours of 17 February 2019.

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA), an initiative supported by the European Commission in collaboration with Startup Europe and organized by the Finnova Foundation, is holding a Special Edition for European startups that will be recognized during the Startup Europe Summit 2019 (SES19), to be celebrated in Cluj-Napoca, Romani, on 21 and 22 March 2019.

This SEUA Special Edition SES19 will recognize five startups, one for each one of the following prizes: Female-led startup; Young-led startup (founder under 30); United Nations Sustainable Development Goals startup; Social Inclusion startup and Job Growth startup.
It is possible to apply to the awards for every startup created 5 or less years ago in Europe. To apply, startups must fill in with detail the form found in the website of the SEUA Special Edition, and the deadline to apply ends on 23:59 hours (CET) of 17 February 2019. The startups should choose the prize most suitable for them (just one option).

A multidisciplinary jury, composed by professionals from different countries and fields, will make the selection of the best EU startups taking into account existing startups in the EU that meet these criteria and the applications received. Some of the jury members are part of the High Level group of experts from Startup Europe (European Commission).

Benefits for the selected startups

Winning startups will be invited to participate in the Startup Europe Summit SES19 that will take place between 21 and 22 March in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The expenses during both days for 1 member of the startup will be reimbursed (transport from country of origin to Cluj-Napoca, accommodation and daily allowance).

The startups will be recognized in a ceremony that will be held on March 21 in the frame of the Startup Europe Summit 2019 and will count with the presence of authorities from the European Commission, key influencers, investors, tech leaders, tech journalists, policy makers and entrepreneurs.

In SES19, the selected startups will be able to showcase their innovation in the networking area of the conference and will gain exposure and visibility through the StartUp Europe Awards Media Alliance composed by more than 30 media outlets and social networking sites.

The selected startups will pass to the European level of the next StartUp Europe Awards edition, regardless of any other startup competing or awarded in their country or category.

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an open innovation initiative promoted by the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe; it 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 from the European Parliament. StartUp Europe Awards is sponsored by StartUp Europe Accelerator.

SEUA has celebrated two European finals (one in Brussels and the other one in Sofia), and is going to launch the third edition during the first quarter of 2019.

The winning startups will have access to information on opportunities offered by the European Union to boost and internationalize their projects through the StartUp Europe Accelerator program of the Finnova Foundation.

For more information about the StartUp Europe Awards Special Edition SES19 please visit

Startup Europe Summit 2019

Known as an evolving tech hub in Romania, the city of Cluj-Napoca will host the fourth edition of Startup Europe Summit in 2019, the perfect occasion to recognize the best European startups.

In the previous edition of the Startup Europe Summit, startups found information about new funding opportunities; meetings with investors, corporates and leading enterprises and public administration representatives as well as networking with a vivid community of key decision makers and tech leaders within EU, notably Central Eastern Europe and Western Balkans regions.

Press contact

Catalina Valencia


StartUp Europe Awards winners will be honored in the Startup Europe Summit 2018 in Sofia

  • The awards ceremony chaired by the Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will be held in Sofia between 14 and 15 November 2018.
  • 134 startups from 16 countries opt to be recognized as the best in any of the 18 StartUp Europe Awards categories.
  • Finnova’s StartUp Europe Accelerator will have a stand and will provide the startups with a workshop on accessing 2.5 million euros from Horizon2020.
  • The event will gather more than 400 leaders from the European entrepreneurial ecosystem ranging from investors, CEOs, accelerators to European authorities and technological journalists.



Brussels, 18 October 2018. StartUp Europe Awards, an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, will give recognition to the European winners in the Startup Europe Summit 2018 framework, in a ceremony chaired by the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, and the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boiko Borísov.

Moreover, it will count with the presence of prominent figures in the entrepreneurial world such as Simon Schaefer, Factory founder and CEO, president of Startup Portugal and angel investor in Europe; and Anja Monrad, Dell EMC CEE vice-president and general manager, and Chair of the Commission’s Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.

Startup Europe Summit in its annual event will address technological leadership, financing of European ecosystems (more than 10 billion euros in the pipeline) and business growth. During November 15, the founding startup leaders, technological leaders and authorities will share knowledge and perspective of the requirement for building successful startups.

Finnova, as a Startup Europe partner, and through its StartUp Europe Accelerator programme, will provide startups with information on the funding opportunities offered by Europe (up to 2.5 million euros), European communication and networking in a workshop, and will also have a stand where it will provide tailor-made information.

“Many startups do not know all that Europe can offer them and it is our mission from StartUp Europe Accelerator to guide them to request up to 100 billion euros that the European Commission will distribute in the next Horizon Europe period only for innovation” says Juanma Revuelta, director of Finnova.

The 17 Spanish startups opting to be recognized as the best in Europe in one of the 18 StartUp Europe Awards categories are: Kowat, Solatom, Broomx Technologies, Tyris Software, Zapiens, Gamco, Plactherm, Wide Eyes, Bnext, Uncovercity, Miracoil, WeTech, Welegal, Azahar Management, Eyesynth, Fuvex, and HomySpace.

StartUp Europe Awards of the European Commission and Finnova is an open innovation methodology that encourages collaboration between the public sector and businesses in the promotion of innovative initiatives. Its aim is to help create alliances that allow entities and support programmes for entrepreneurs to be added to local partners and to be a communication tool for society.

The StartUp Europe Awards ceremony will be divided in two sessions: one, on 14 November during the welcome dinner and the second on 15 November during Startup Europe Summit. On the day of the Summit the startups will have a stand to promote themselves and approach customers and potential investors. In addition, PropTech House will present the call Proptech StartUp Europe Awards for startups that offer solutions to the real estate sector. The complete agenda of Startup Europe Summit 2018 can be consulted here. Registration to participate is free and compulsory and must be done here.

Startup Europe Summit will give attendees the opportunity to learn about European funding opportunities directly from Brussels, with more than 10 billion Euros in the pipeline, the EU is becoming the main investor in Europe! In addition, networking with key decision makers and technology leaders within the EU, especially in the Central and Eastern Europe and Western Balkans regions; and having access to commercial agreements with corporations, investors and public administrations for startups and scaleups.


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Macedonian honey, winner of the StartUp Europe Awards in Climate category

  • The recognition of Macedonian Honey has taken place within the framework of the launch of BIC SR Strumica.

Strumica, octubre 8th 2018. The Macedonian startup, Macedonian Honey, has won the StartUp Europe Award at European level in the Climate category for its project for the conservation of honey bees, whose objective is to improve the sustainability of the ecosystem and its biodiversity, which would represent an impulse to slow down the effects of climate change. The launch of Regional Business Innovation Centre (BIC SR) was attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Ljupčo Nikolovski; the Minister of Regulation of SMEs, Zoran Shapurik; the mayor of the city, Kosta Janevski; the director of BIC SR, Ksenija Vangelova and the Regional Partner of Finnova, Radmil Polenakovik, among other personalities.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative of the European Commission implemented by the Finnova Foundation. It is an open innovation methodology that works with the public and private sectors promoting innovative initiatives, through alliances that add local partners to support entrepreneurs. It is also a communication tool that offers visibility and new opportunities for startups.

Zoran Shapurik, Minister of Regulation of SMEs, during his speech.

Having achieved national recognition at the Macedonia StartUp Europe Awards, the company has won the European distinction with a project born from the ambition to conserve biodiversity through the survival of this bee species. A goal they have achieved by creating a new form of beekeeping through the invention of a new hive: the Elle Hive, whereby bees not only become stronger, but their genetic material is modified so that future generations of bees can cope with predators and climate change. As Elena Fidanoska, CEO of Macedonian Honey affirmed, “at this time of climate changes, Colony Collapse Disorder, decreasing of biodiversity, we are all challenge to do something. Pollination, biodiversity and our well-being: everything is interconnected. In fact, from near or far we are all involved, be it as a business, a farmer, scientist, industrialist, politician, or quite simply as a child or parent”.

Among the arguments that leaded the start-up to gain this honour, there is the no use of chemical products, antibiotics, acids, fungicides or artificial materials inside or outside the hive, as well as agricultural activities in an 8 km ratio around the hives, located at 1600 altitude meters, where the plant life grows without being in contact with any chemical product. In words of Juan Manuel Revuelta, General Director of Finnova Foundation, “For the European Union, the fight against climate change through innovation is a priority and for this reason the European Horizon budget has been increased to support solutions such as the one proposed by Macedonian Honey, which we will support from Finnova and StartUp Europe Accelerator, so you can access all the opportunities that Europe offers”.

Thanks to this, Macedonian Honey will have access to a mentoring programme (in internationalisation, European funds such as the SME Instrument, offering between 50.000€ and 2,5 M€ non-refundable euros, international communication, legal advice, etc.), through Finnova Foundation’s programme StartUp Europe Acelerator, which will allow Macedonian Honey to launch its project and to make it feasible in the international sphere.


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Be the next media partner of StartUp Europe Awards!

As in any developing project, startups need visibility to call the attention of investors, clients, acceleration programmes and public-private entities with the purpose of obtaining support and funding in their growth process.

For this reason, the StartUp Europe Awards, in their efforts to promoting startups, are currently looking for media partners to contribute to the dissemination of their contents and the support to the entrepreneurs in Europe. The StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative of the European Commission implemented by Finnova in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

Finnova and StartUp Europe Awards recognize the work of those media collaborating in the dissemination of opportunities and the support to entrepreneurship and innovation. The current partners belong to more than 15 countries: Spain, Cyprus, Belgium, Slovenia, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and Portugal, among others.

Our media partners benefit from access to exclusive information, visibility, networking with similar organizations and European institutions, and the recognition as enterprises committed to entrepreneurship, among other privileges.

What are we looking for?

  • Media which aims are in compliance with the StartUp Europe Awards mission: highlighting successful models at a local level that may serve as an example for other entrepreneurs and future generations.
  • Media relevant to a local, national and European level.
  • Commitment to StartUp Europe Awards.

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TUTORED is the Italian winner of ED-Tech category

Country: ITALY

Category: ED-Tech

Project Aim: revolutionising the market of employer branding and recruiting for the young millennials, through a social platform.

What’s TUTORED and what does it do?

TUTORED is a social platform that is revolutionising the market of employer branding recruiting for the young millennials.

In our platform we have two main actors: students and companies. Our community is composed by 300k registered students and new graduates in Italy.

TUTORED’s users can:

  • Interact every day by exchanging useful information about exams, university protects and tutoring.
  • Create their own professional profile and apply to job opportunities of our clients.

Our clients are big companies interested in improving their employment brand activities and hiring the best young talents. Each company has a personal profile to publish new job opportunities like internships, entry-level positions and graduate programs.

What did Tutored accomplish?

We launched our business model five months ago and, in this short period of time, we have closed many contracts generating more than 230k Euro in revenues. Our clients are BNP Paribas, UniCredit, PwC, LIDL, Allianz, Decathlon, Microsoft and others.

Next steps are:

Generating 500k euro in revenues for 2018 and becoming international in 2019.
About investments, we raised 1.1M euro from two Italian venture capitals in 2016 and we want to open our series A investment in 2019.

CEO’s testimony:

“Founders of TUTORED are university students that have built a service for university students. For this reason, I’m so proud of us for being the winner of SEUA17 Italy in the category of EdTech” – Gabriele Giuliano, CEO and Co-Founder of TUTORED.


STKTK is the Polish winner of Gastronomy category

Country: Poland

Category: Gastronomy

Project Aim: providing tools for fast and precise stocktaking for bars, restaurants and cafes. By uploading data automatically to the cloud by connecting your phone to the Bluetooth scale, the tasks schedule for employees and the control of the company’s workflow will be then easily made by the manager.

What is the problem to solve?

We think that some of the difficulties that restaurants owners and managers face get neglected by technology companies. One of them is beverage stocktaking.

It’s extra hard for gastronomy business to deal with their stocktaking. Not only they have to account for all the bottles they have in inventory, but they also must calculate the amount of liquid left in open containers. It’s important to get that right, and there are not many technologies that can help with that

What does STKTK do:

STKTK is an innovative stocktaking solution for gastronomy business. Using newest technologies (Bluetooth low energy, cloud, real-time data) we created a multi-platform application, which makes managing a bar, café or restaurant easier, less time consuming, automated, and much cheaper.

The main goal of STKTK is providing tools for a fast and precise stocktaking. All you need is connect a phone to our Bluetooth scale. Stocktake data will be automatically uploaded to the cloud, so it can be analysed on any computer or mobile device by the manager of the owner.

Stocktaking is a long and laborious process. It requires at least one working day. Traditional solutions are time consuming and expensive.

With STKTK restaurant owner gets access to our platform and smart scale. The measurement takes only a few seconds, and our algorithms guarantee its accuracy. The data is immediately sent to the cloud. This way you always have access to them, no matter where you are or wat device you are using.

STKTK also helps you generate and manage restaurants documents. That is the end of paper orders or reports. The owner can inspect the records online and download them in Excel format.

CEO’s testimony:

We are delighted with the recognition our idea received. Most of the StartUp’s in the space focus on consumer side problems, like food delivery, table bookings or restaurant ratings. We think that some of the difficulties that restaurants owners and managers face get neglected by technology companies. One of them is beverage stocktaking. Winning SEUA17 Poland in the category of Gastronomy means for us that we are not the only ones that recognize the issue and what we are going in the right direction.


SPECPRAWNIK.PL is the Polish winner of Legal category

Country: Poland

Category: Legal

Project Aim: broadening access to justice for everybody.

What does SPECPRAWNIK.PL do:

SPECPRAWNIK.PL is a marketplace for people searching for lawyers. We provide users with innovative ways of presenting lawyers and their specialization, experience, reviews and certificates. Our solution enables customers to receive from lawyers a free legal advice, both online and over the phone. We also offer a convenient system with ready-to-buy legal services. The reason we wanted to join SEUA is to present our solutions, which aims to broaden access to justice for everybody.


Launch of the PropTech StartUp Europe Awards 2018

Dirk Paelinck, CEO of Workero, officially launched the brand new PropTech StartUp Europe Awards 2018 for the European Commission in his closing speech at the PropTech gathering in Berlin @ Future: PropTech Berlin, Sept 13th 2018.

With over 40 C-level speakers and more than 400 high-profile participants, Future: PropTech Berlin was the perfect platform to announce this initiative.

In almost every European country, one or more PropTech networks are active that stimulate all the new startups and scaleups in the field of digital innovation and disruptive transformation in the real estate sector.

In order for the European PropTech economy to get to the next level, steps need to be taken towards a uniform market, the scaling up of cross-border collaboration and the establishment of a regulatory framework to foster innovation on a European level.

The PropTech StartUp Europe Awards of the European Commission is the first European initiative to give visibility and support to the most promising startups in innovation in real estate.

It will be followed on September 19th 2018 by the launch of the EU PropTech House.

Idriss Goossens (founding board member EU PropTech House): “That is why we launch the EU Proptech House initiative on September 19th 2018. Its first goals are promoting contacts with the EU Commission and the European Innovation Council, scale up cross-border collaboration and facilitate access to EU Funding.”

 Dirk Paelinck (Workero): “The launch of the first PropTech Startup Europe Awards is clearly a sign of recognition by the European  Commission of the importance and the huge potential of the innovative PropTech industry reshaping traditional real estate. Workero has obtained the Seal of Excellence of the European Commission and accepted recently in the comprehensive Horizon 2020 Program, SME Instrument for funding by the European Commission, we know how important it is to be recognised and to get support. That is why we launch the EU Proptech House initiative on September 19th 2018. Its first goals are promoting contacts with the EU Commission and the European Innovation Council, scale up cross-border collaboration and facilitate access to EU Funding.”

All European PropTech startups are invited to submit their case between September 17th and November 30th on the website of EU PropTech House  (   Our professional jury will rate the projects in every respective category. The jury is composed of industry experts from across Europe and of the board members of Proptech House. Judging procedures will run until Jan 15th 2019.

The 50 shortlisted startups (10 per category) will be invited to a live-pitch session on February 20th and 21st 2019 in Brussels, in the presence of the board members, the Representative of the European Commissioner and all the jury members.

The ceremony for the Awards will be held in Q2 2019 in the presence of representative of the European Commission.

The Proptech StartUp Europe Awards is a brand new category within the StartUp Europe Awardsframework (22 categories), promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova Foundation, which presents a prize methodology for startups at local, regional and national level, fostering the open innovation and the collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystems, through the private-public partnership supporting new entrepreneurs. At the same time it creates a network of contacts that will provide visibility to all the local startups who, by using this network, will be able to scale their services and products at a European and even global level. On its behalf, Finnova is an European foundation based in Belgium, Romania, Panama, Chile and Mexico devoted to the promotion of start-ups and innovative initiatives for the collaboration between public and private entities relying on the tools offered by the European Union.

Professor Juanma Revuelta (Finnova Foundation): “Finnova, through the Startup Europe Accelerator, is willing to provide information and orientation to Startups providing disruptive innovations in the Proptech field as well as to the potential users of that innovation, such as big enterprises, Real State or the public sector seeking to innovate their management to reduce costs and improve their competitiveness”.

The PropTech StartUp Europe Awards 2018 will have 5 subcategories: Invest, Market, Design & Build, Manage & Operate, Live & Work. As there can only be one winner, all the subcategory winners will go head-to-head to determine the overall winner.

StartUp Europe Awards is part of StartUp Europe and 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 from the European Parliament. SEUA is supported by the StartUp Europe Accelerator of the Finnova Foundation.

StartUp Europe Awards is part of StartUp Europe and is an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation

All these projects are part of StartUp Europe from European Commission, which connects startup ecosystems throughout Europe to help companies by finding skilled employees wherever they are in the EU, accessing to the right combination of European Union finance and growing beyond the frontiers of their community or country.

The organisation of the PropTech StartUp Europe Awards will be handled by Finnova Foundation, Workero and the brand new EU PropTech House. The mission of the EU PropTech House is to support a sustainable European PropTech market and to create a positive impact on the European living environment and beyond. The objectives will be to facilitate access to EU Funding, scale-up cross-border collaborations, to standardize and uniformize  the European PropTech markets, and to create a legal framework adapted to the PropTech, and fostering innovations in Real Estate.

The EU PropTech House enjoys the support of partners such as Finnova (Professor Manuel Revuelta), Workero (Dirk Paelinck) and the national or area PropTech associations in Europe, together with an advisory board headed by Idriss Goossens, founding board member and composed of PropTech Poland, PropTech NL, PropTech South East Europe, Finnovating (Spain) and PropTech Lab (Belgium), while 7 other national PropTech associations are in the process of onboarding now.





SOLE COMMUNICATION NETWORK is the Macedonian winner of IoT category

Country: Macedonia

Category: IoT

Project Aim: developing a platform that gives SMEs the opportunity to develop a tailor-made solution faster and cheaper than if it would be developed by an IT company.

What is the problem to solve?

Imagine you are running a company which is in purchasing a business application. You have two options: developing your own custom-made solution or implementing some of the existing out-of-the box applications.

If you decide to develop a customized solution, you will face two problems:

  • Development process is very long and therefore you will get a very expensive offer.
  • You will have significant costs for maintaining and upgrading the system.

Because of this, the custom-made applications market is an exclusive club of bi players, and SMEs simply cannot afford such solutions.


We developed a platform that will give SMEs the opportunity (by themselves, with our help or with the help of third party consultant) to develop a tailor-made solution at least 10x faster, and thus a minimum of 10x lower initial costs than if it would be developed by conventional IT company.

Our solution SOLENET is a SaaS platform with an integrated app builder that allows fast development of tailor-made apps simple as stacking lego blocks.

The client ultimately receives an integrated application that fully meets its needs, available on all platforms, supported by all languages, easily upgradable and with zero maintenance costs.

Our market is costum-build software, a market that is experiencing a real boom with a growth of 33% per year, reaching in 2015 to 136B USD, and representing 3/5 of the total application market in US.

The market we want to focus on is SMEs regionally, US and EU.

Revenue will be generated:

  • Customizing application or order.
  • Monthly subscription per user and device.
  • Pay-as-you-go subscription to used services according to the price list.

Costumers will be acquired:

  • Direct sale.
  • Global distribution network .

CEO’s testimony:

StartUp Europe Awards is a chance for us to promote our solution in the heart of Europe, in front of people who share similar values and with ability to help our company to fulfil our mission and vision for open and digitally connected business world.


HYPER POLAND is the Polish winner of Green Category

Country: Poland

Category: Green

Project Aim: travelling is a necessity and an essential part of life. Transport models have become more complex and individualized. The solution developed by HYPER POLAND aim at revolutionizing transports of the 21th century – ultra fast, affordable and completely Green.


Hyper Poland is a multidisciplinary team of experts (engineers, architects, and business developers) working on the development of a new model of transport: a vacuum train called The Hyperloop. The goal of our startup is to create technical solutions, conditions and specifications for new technologies that are indispensable for launching the first line of Hyperloop in Europe.

What does HYPER POLAND do:

We want Poland and Europe to have their own contribution to the development of the foundations for this new technology, and to be one of the pioneers by constructing the first commercial Hyperloop line. To implement the whole Hyperloop system, new technologies are necessary that require new innovative ideas and solutions from many fields of science. They can be developed in Europe by European enterprises and scientific institutions.

Hyperloop combines the advantages of trains and aircrafts, and the same time eliminates the disadvantages of currently dominant means of transport. In a globalized world, transport of people and goods is fastly growing, but the current infrastructure is not able to meet the increasing demand for transport services. Both, passenger and freight hyperloop vehicles move in tubes with low vacuum conditions and thus can reach speeds of up to 1,200 km/h, while consuming up to 1.000 times less energy than in the normal atmospheric conditions at sea level. The vehicles will move without contact to the ground, using magnetic levitation and air bearings, accelerating and stopping using linear motor.

Power systems will include renewable sources, i.e. perovskite solar cells, and more efficient wind turbines (up to 50-60% of energy generated for hyperloop tubes) and will be integrated with dedicated energy storage systems via intelligent, partially al-based, energy management system that will optimize the power consumption. Autonomous pods will have real-time energy optimization of velocity profiles that will bring additional energy savings.

With its door-to-door approach, hyperloop serves the exact transport demand and therefore eliminates inefficient decelerations and accelerations for unnecessary stops. Hyperloop can be defined as an ultra-fast fully electric intercity metro for passengers and goods, which can contribute to a significant reduction of traffic with gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks between cities and therefore have a positive impact on the environment. Furthermore, hyperloop will produce less noise pollution.