Europioneers 2015

Europioneers Awards Final | 12 November | Slush | Helsinki

 

EYIF co-organised the three editions of Europioneers, along with and the European Commission, Deloitte and Hub Institute. Europioneers is part of Startup Europe initiative and celebrated the success of web initiatives in the European Union.

The European Commission, Deloitte, LEWIS PR and the European Young Innovators Forum will reward the winners of the 2015 Web Entrepreneur of The Year award during the Slush Conference in Helsinki on November, 12th. Europioneers, an initiative of the European Commission, celebrates the success of web initiatives in the European Union for the third consecutive year.

Since 2013, the Europioneers competition has rewarded European Web Entrepreneurs and put them in the spotlight. The objectives of the award are to identify and recognize successful European web initiatives, and also to promote the role web entrepreneurs play in European society and to encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.

The purpose of the Europioneers award scheme is to:

1.Create visibility and media attention for successful European Web entrepreneurs of the year and to honour the nominees and winners of the EuroPioneers awards, celebrating their achievements at the EU level.

2.Leverage the existing ecosystem to support “the EuroPioneers of the Year” through the networking experience, provide the award winners with a possibility to form meaningful and strategic relationships, and help them to close business deals.

The three different awards categories are:

  • Web entrepreneur of the Year “Award”
  • Young web entrepreneur of the Year “Youth Award”
  • Female web entrepreneur of the Year “Women Award”

The selection of the winners depends on public voting and jury input. The 2015 jury includes: 

  • Carlos Espinal from Seedcamp
  • Carlos Silva from Seedrs & Beta-I
  • Jan Reichelt from Mendeley‎
  • Simone Brummelhuis from The Next Women
  • Robin Wauters from Tech.eu.

Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of Regions and Vice-Chairman of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group, will join the ceremony.

Winners:

  • Web Entrepreneur of the Year:  Taavet Hinrikus, Kristo Käärmann – TransferWise (Estonia)
  • Young Web Entrepreneur of the Year: Domenico Colucci – Nextome (Italy)
  • Female Web Entrepreneur of the Year:  Ida Tin – Clue (Germany)

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Background:

Europioneers is organized by the European Commission in partnership with Deloitte, the European Young Innovators Forum and Lewis PR. The objective of the competition is to identify and recognise successful European web initiatives, to promote the role web entrepreneurs play in European society, and to encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs. In 2014 over 300 nominations were received, voted on by over 2000 members of start-up communities. For more information see www.europionieers.eu.