You work for a startup and you haven’t heard of The Europas?! What sort of giant rock (ahem
computer) have you been hiding behind? Penned as ‘Europe’s Most Prestigious
Tech Awards’, The Europas are the premier awards for Europe’s hottest tech
Set up 6 years ago by Mike Butcher, a man known around the
world for his role as the Editor of TechCrunch and for his endless contacts
within the startup sector, The Europas celebrates the most forward thinking,
progressive and innovative tech companies across Europe. Over the past few
years, The Europas has grown into a fun and fantastic awards ceremony, followed
by an after party and networking.
Where and when does all the action happen:
The Europas takes place on June 16th at Old
Billingsgate, a magnificent old Victorian building that was once the
world’s largest fish market. The building has now been converted into a
beautiful modern venue with spectacular views of London Bridge.
How to get involved:
The daytime conference is an invitation-only event and is
accompanied by a parallel track called PathFounders, an exclusive event for
startup Founders that is also invitation-only. If you have not been invited to
attend, nut really wish to go, you can can request an invite for these
invitation-only events by filling out this form here.
If you are only interested in attending the evening awards
ceremony, which is where all the action happens, you can purchase a ticket on Eventbrite which
includes entry to the awards as well as dinner and drinks.
Public voting, which was only open for 24 hours, has already
ended, but you can check out all the shortlisted startups here.
What are the
There is a wide variety of award categories in The Europas
to cover every type of startup imaginable. From the Best Entertainment, Best
E-Commerce and Best Education Startup awards to the Best Mobile startup, Best
Founders and Best Investor awards.
Previous notable winners of The Europas include SoundCloud
(Best Entertainment Startup), Startupbootcamp (Best Accelerator Programme),
BlaBlaCar (Best Sharing Economy Startup) and taxi app Hailo, which one Best
Travel Startup last year.
Our pick of 5 of the best European startups:
Dubsmash: I absolutely love DubSmash. It is such an easy to use
and fun app, yet so many people don’t seem to know about it. DubSmash let’s you
create short selfie videos dubbed with famous sounds, which you can there share
online or send to your friends.
is a great little app that gives you delicious and healthy recipes to cook with
and then delivers all the pre-measured ingredients to your door each week to
ensure you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. This is a must-have app for
people who find themselves too busy to do food shopping on a weekly basis, and
end up falling back on unhealthy alternatives such as fast food.
SkyScanner: I have
been using this site for a few years and never really thought of it as a
startup. Skyscanner is a global travel search site that provides online
comparisons for a number of flights, car rentals, and hotels. If you are
looking for the cheapest flights out there, this is the go-to site.
Hassle: This is the
perfect site for busy working professionals who are looking for a trustworthy
cleaner to help them clean their home. Customers simply go to Hassle.com's
website or download the iOS or Android app and type in their postcode to find
the right cleaner for them, all in less than 60 seconds. They can then book and
pay via Hassle.com's easy-to-use online platform.
Fiverr: Have a task
that needs doing but don’t have the time or skills to do it? Check out Fiverr,
and you might find the perfect freelancer to help you out, and for starting
prices as low as 5 dollars It’s the easiest way for individuals and businesses
to get everything done, at unbeatable value.
Where to stay:
Thanks to the conference’s excellent central location in
London, there is a huge choice of nearby hotels to stay. Pick the right hotel,
and you could find yourself doing some late-night networking at the hotel bar
with top tech writers or investors from all over Europe. Stay in the right
hotel and you could find yourself eating breakfast with Europe’s up and coming
Considering the conference and awards take place in a venue
overlooking London Bridge, you couldn’t really stay any closer to the action
than the London Bridge Hotel. The hotel also has 7 small and medium sized
meeting rooms, perfect if you plan on networking or getting some work done
before or after The Europas.
Located smack bang in the centre of the city of London and
only minutes walk from the Tower of London, the Grange City Hotel is a great
location for your stay. This upscale business hotel also has a great variety of
restaurants on offer to guests and also gives you the choice to upgrade to
rooms which feature sitting areas, female-focused amenities such as doorbells
and anti-mist mirrors, or executive lounge access.
Hotel, At The Shard
Want to be close to the awards ceremony but feel like
splashing some cash on a spectacular overnight stay? The Shangri-La at the
Shard is the hotel for you. This luxurious five star hotel overlooks the river
Thames and is only a 15 minute taxi ride from the Canary Wharf business
district, perfect if you want t schedule some business meetings before or after