Fantastic news for all you web, mobile and technology focused startups from across this half of the world: TechCrunch Europe, arguably the most influential technology blog in the continent, is launching new awards to celebrate technological innovation on a EMEA-wide basis for the first time.
The Europas (the TechCrunch Europe Awards) will take place in London on July 9, and will invite the tech community to give their opinions on which nominees would be the most deserving winners, opening up a public vote alongside a judging panel.
Every company listed on CrunchBase.com from Europe, the middle East and Africa is eligible for nomination – so make sure you sign up to the database if you’re not already (it's free)! You also need to be under three and a half years old and have gone through less than three rounds of funding to qualify as a ‘startup’ for the awards.
Unlike with most business awards, whose administrative costs can verge on the extortionate, there are no fees to nominate companies for consideration, and no fees to be a nominated company, and no fees to vote for the Europas. Massive bonus! (And tickets to attend the ceremony are only £60 – normally awards ceremonies on this scale would charge at the very least double this amount.)
There are a wide range of categories (and you can enter as many as you like), including ones for investors and bootstrapping startups alongside more familiar-sounding awards such as best design, best European web app or service and best real world gadget.
Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch Europe, says: "I've been to so many cities across Europe and met so many tech startups in the last 18 months that it began to dawn on me that the best way to showcase all the innovation happening in Europe right now was to have an awards. And not only a straight awards, but one in which companies themselves can vote and participate in. I hope the Europas will be here for many years to come."