Europe’s biggest and most influential startups were in London last night for the Europas Awards.
In a grandiose night at the Old Billingsgate Market, the cream of London’s tech scene were winners across a number of the awards and the evening was confirmation of the host city’s top spot in Europe’s tech ecosystem.
For many, the highlight of the night was a performance by Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst (though there were rumours of a look-alike).
Founded in 2009 by Mike Butcher, the awards celebrate the most forward-thinking, progressive and innovative tech companies across a range of categories. It is the second time the awards have been in London.
London’s startup elite
It was hardly surprising that the fintech award would go to a London startup. GoCardless, who have processed $200m worth of transactions and disrupted the Direct Debit business, took the prize.
One of the big winners of the night was London-based Swiftkey. Started by friends and maths geniuses Jon Reynolds and Dr Ben Medlock, the company has changed the way people type on smartphones and has even managed to impress the tough-to-please Apple with its tech. Its product took home the coolest technology innovation award – and the firm also picked up the Europas Grand Prix Award.
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Other British-based winners were Codeclub, Index Ventures, Brainient, Sleep.io, and Datasift.
The full list of winners
Best Entertainment or Media Startup
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Best E-Commerce Startup
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Best Education Startup
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Best Startup Accelerator or Incubator
Best Advertising Marketing Startup
Best Gaming or Social Games Startup
Best Social Mobile Startup
Best FinTech Startup
Best Enterprise, Software as a Service or B2B Startup
Best Hardware Startup
Best Sharing or Crowd Sourcing Economy Startup
Best Health Startup
Big Health with Sleep.io
Best Security or Privacy Startup
Best Virtual Currency Startup
Best Travel or Transport Startup
Best Internet of Things Startup
Coolest Technology Innovation
Best Fashion Startup
Best Angel or Seed Investor of the Year
Xavier Niel & Jeremie Berrebi of Kima Ventures
Greatest Tech Influence On Society
Best VC Investor of the Year
Best Startup Founder or Co-founders
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Fastest Rising Startup Of The Year
Europas Hall Of Fame
Daniel Ek, Spotify, Stockholm/London
Eileen Burbidge, Passion Capital, London
Klaus Hommels, VC, Zurich
Martin Varsavsky, Fon, Madrid
Robin Klein, Index Ventures, London
Sherry Coutu (CBE), Silicon Valley Comes to UK / Founders4Schools
Xavier Niel, Kima Ventures, Paris