Startup Europe Awards

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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