The Europas - TechCrunch Europe Awards 2009

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Start: Thursday, 09 Jul 2009 18:00

End: Thursday, 09 Jul 2009 23:55

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    "The Europas" - The TechCrunch Europe Awards 2009

    TechCrunch Europe will, on July 9, hold the first Europe-wide awards ceremony for technology innovation. "The Europas" - The TechCrunch Europe Awards 2009 - will honour the best tech companies and startups across the web and mobile scene from across the continent of Europe.

    It will recognise and celebrate the most compelling technology startups, Internet and mobile innovations of the year, with the tech community invited to have a say in which entrants should be recognised. Leading lights of the the tech community will be invited to give away the awards to the winners, so you'll have the opportunity to meet your tech heroes and heroines. The initial filtering will be done by public vote online,  with the final Award winners to be determined based on the popular votes received through website voting and The Europas Judging Committee.

    You'll be able to vote shortly.

    The Awards Ceremony will take place in London from 6pm Thursday, July 9, at Delfina. It's in one of London's coolest parts of town with 300 places going for the attending audience.

    Award categories

    Best European Web Application Or Service
    Best Design
    Best Bootstrapped Startup (less than 3 years old)
    Best in Social Innovation
    Best Enterprise Startup
    Best Cleantech/Environmental Startup
    Best Hardware / Real World Gadget
    Best Entertainment Application
    Best Mobile Startup
    Best Mobile Application
    Best Startup Founder
    Best New Startup in 2008/9
    Best European Investor of the Year (VC or Angel fund)
    Best Investor Personality
    Best Overall Winner

    Join the awards ceremony!

    On the evening itself we will have a handful of opening speeches in the "GeeknRolla" format of quick-fire information. These will be followed by a pitch competition. To be considered for the pitch competition you need to email TechCrunch Europe Editor Mike Butcher, with a one side of A4 text-only pitch, and also include the URL of you company/project/startup etc on CrunchBase (you can add your company onto it if it is not already there). Include: The market “problem” you are solving with your startup, your solution, your competitors, your team, and what you’re looking for (Series A round, etc).

    The TechCrunch Europa Awards ceremony will then follow at approx 8 pm, with awards given out by Europe's leading lights in the tech scene. The awards ceremony will be followed by the party - also at The Delfina. There will be a DJ, drinks, finger food and other fun surprises.

    And finally... there will be a special announcement during the evening of the launch of a new innovation from Techcrunch Europe...


    To attend the event, tickets will be £60. Attendee identification will be checked at the door. Due to strong demand for tickets, we regret tickets are not transferable and not refundable. If you use your name to purchase multiple tickets, your guests must arrive with you to check in at the door. If you show up at the event without a valid ticket, TechCrunch Europe reserves the right to charge the full ticket prive £60 plus £15 administration fee to allow access to the event subject to availability.

    Dress code

    Dress to impress! 

    Sponsorship opportunities

    Sponsors will be able to be creative with their sponsorship, with a pre-award video announcing the finalists and winners. Opportunities include sponsorship of individual award categories, sponsorship of the awards ceremony, after-party, drinks and more... Please contact Petra Johansson petra(at) for further details.


    If you are a member of the press wanting to cover the event, please contact Rassami Hok Ljungberg on rassami(at)



    Editorial queries related to the awards, the programme and the pitch competition should be directed to Mike Butcher,




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    UK Trade & Investment is the government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business.

    UK Trade & Investment offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For further information please visit or telephone +44 (0)20 7215 8000.


    Best Design Category


    Founded in June 2004, Viadeo quickly established itself as the place to be for professional networking in Europe and beyond. Since then, with more than 8.5 million members (as of June 2009). Follow them on

    Twitter @viadeo. Viadeo is essential for those who want to:

    • Increase their business opportunities (to discover new clients,

    staff and business partners)

    • Enhance their visibility and their online reputation

    • Manage and develop their network of professional contacts

    Viadeo’s members consist of business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a diverse range of businesses both start-up and well established. Each day Viadeo attracts more than 10,000 new members;

    40,000 new connections are made and over one million profiles are viewed. Based in Paris (head office), Viadeo also has offices and teams in the UK (London), Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan), China (Beijing), India (New Delhi) and Mexico (Mexico City). The company employs 200 staff worldwide.

    Best Bootstrapped Startup Category


    Bootlaw is a free boot camp for emerging technology, internet and digital businesses and the professionals working in them who want to learn more about the legal issues they face. Its brought to you by Barry Vitou and Danvers Baillieu the friendly lawyers at Winston & Strawn in London. For more information go to

    Best European Investor Category is a web-based ‘Video-as-a-Service’ platform, allowing the injection of dynamic and interactive features into online video clips.  Aimed at business users, productions created through transform the viewer experience by prompting them to click on items within the video.  

    A full range of intuitive drag’n’drop tools include hotspots for e-commerce, real-time voting and graphs, RSS feeds for live data, forms for viewers to apply for offers, hyperlinked text and image overlays, chapters for ease of navigation and more.  

    The end-to-end service delivers file transcoding and storage, player and play-out options and detailed analytics both on the video itself and the viewers’ use of the interactive features. It even has an editing tool to re-cut video clips online. 

    Templates and style sheets make the deployment of large numbers of interactive videos easy, leaving users free to monitor the increased monetisation and viewer engagement benefits the service has to offer. 

    Best New Startup Category


    Zendesk provides an integrated on-demand helpdesk - customer support portal solution based on the latest Web 2.0 technologies and design philosophies.

    The product has an elegant, minimalist design implemented in Ruby on Rails and provides seamless integration of the back-end helpdesk SaaS to a company’s online customer-facing web presence, including hosted support email-ticket integration, online forums, RSS and widgets. This is unusual, because most SaaS helpdesk solutions focus exclusively on the backend helpdesk and treat the Web as an afterthought.

    The system also leverages Web 2.0 ideas on the backend, such as tag based categorization throughout instead of the usual pre-defined drop down lists, RSS feeds for every customized view and a complete REST/JSON API for virtually every entity in the system.

    Best Entertainment Platform category


    Skimbit helps website publishers monetise their content in ethical and user-friendly ways.

    We love the internet, and want good websites to be able to sustain themselves.

    Display advertising alone may not be enough, and can be intrusive to users, and affiliate marketing can be difficult to do well.

    We want to help publishers earn incremental revenues from their editorial and user-generated content in a way that doesn't compromise editorial integrity or interfere with the user-experience and adds value to publishers.

    Our flagship product is Skimlinks which aggregates more than 7000 international merchants across 18 affiliate networks to make affiliate marketing easy, Skimbuzz is an innovative community builder aimed at forums, while and skimthat work to monetise Twitter.

    Skimbit has recently been recognised by some of the major authorities in the affiliate marketing industry; with three gongs at the A4U Affiliate Marketing Awards 2009 for Innovative Publisher of the Year, Best New Entrant in Affiliate Marketing and Best Use of Technology within Affiliate Marketing, two trophies for Best New Business and Technological Innovation at the NMA Effectiveness Awards 2009, as well as runners-up awards in the Technology Genius and Best New Publisher categories at the US Linkshare Golden Link Awards 2009.

    Our CEO Alicia Navarro has also been shortlisted for the National Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2009.

    Best in Social Innovation category


    Moonfruit has been providing tools for people to build ‘Beautiful websites, simply.’ since 1999. To date 2.1m+ websites have been built by small businesses, communities, families, designers, crafters, freelancers and individuals who just want to express themselves. Moonfruit is passionate about creativity and simplifying technology for everyone.

    The Flash and Flex based platform provides our users with a unique drag and drop interface and ability to quickly design and customise their sites. The latest release of Moonfruit offers a free product with no ads as well as excellent premium packages for those who require extra bells and whistles e.g domains, shops and space. It also includes Moonfruit 'People' which supports businesses and communities who want to manage their customers or members more easily, plus social media integration with Facebook and Twitter.

    Moonfruit is part of Gandi Group which includes sister company, the ethical domain name registrar and virtual hosting  provider.



    Latitude is a leading digital marketing agency who deliver their expertise in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO ), Pay Per Click (PPC ), social media , online display , affiliate marketing and conversion analytics to clients including Tesco Personal Finance, Bet 365 and The Independent. Our whole approach is built on performance. Our conversion analytics expertise ensures that, once visitors get to your site, they convert from prospects to customers. We are confident that we can demonstrate a significantly better ROI on marketing spend. In fact, we’re so confident that we offer many of our clients performance-based pricing, so you only spend money when you’re making money.

    Park Lane Champagne

    “Park Lane Champagne: bringing the ability to source single bottles of champagne, personalised as you like, through their new online site at . Check it out and if you like what you see, do blog about it and tell the World”.



    oneDrum is a free, lightweight desktop application that can turn any application into a rich, collaborative environment. The first release of oneDrum, available to the public from July 2009, is the only platform on the market that takes the compromise out of collaborating in Microsoft Office.

    It enables:

    *       Simultaneous, multi-author document creation and editing in PowerPoint, Excel and Word

    *       Effective communication, coordination and control of change

    *       Secure, synchronised file sharing and version management.

    oneDrum is headquartered in London, England and was founded by Jasper Westaway, CEO



    Mixcloud aims to be the YouTube of Radio. The company’s vision is to be the definitive platform online for on-demand radio shows - from music to talk and everything in between. Mixcloud describe themselves as re-thinking radio, building a platform that connects radio shows (or what they describe as Cloudcasts) to listeners much more effectively. The unit of value for Mixcloud is the show rather than the song or the station. Mixcloud provides radio content creators with a toolkit to host, promote and distribute their content across the web, solving the frustrations associated with file sharing services or the complications of Podcasts. For listeners, Mixcloud helps them filter the content easily to find what’s relevant to them - e.g. what’s popular or what their friends are listening to.


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