TechCrunch hails European tech stars

Last night’s TechCrunch Europe awards, known to all who attended as the Europas, went down a storm among London’s tech scene.

While many of the awards were won by the usual suspects, there were a few surprise winners – namely music tracking service Songkick, which pipped favourite Spotify to the post to scoop the best design award.

Notable winners included Smarta’s favourite online collaboration service Huddle, which won the best enterprise/b2b startup category, presented by Smarta founder Shaa Wasmund who was forced to beat a hasty retreat when Huddle’s Ali Mitchell shook up the bottle of champagne she had handed to him and sprayed the crowd, Formula One style; and music streaming service Spotify, whose founders left clutching four awards.

There was a moment of drama half way through the ceremony when one of the presenters, later identified by TechCrunch UK editor Mike Butcher as comedian and former T4 presenter Olivia Lee, appeared to have an asthma attack onstage before being whisked off, leaving guests confused. “You’ve been had – we thought it would be funny,” Butcher told Smarta after the event.

Butcher also used the event to launch the website’s latest widget, the TechCrunch Europe Top 100. Much like The Telegraph’s high-growth companies index, the Top 100 will feature the ‘most innovative and highest-potential European tech companies’, compiled by startup information service YouNoodle.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable event – even if Smarta did wake up with a bit of a sore head this morning.

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