23. January 2013–
German companies EyeEm, Wooga, Scolibri and myTaxi took away top prizes at last night's tech awards The Europas in Berlin.
The event, put together by TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher and now scaling up with the help of the Dublin Web Summit team, left London for the first time this year, drawing a crowd of entrepreneurs and investors from both the UK and continental Europe.
This year's award for "best German startup" went to myTaxi, who this year took their taxi app to the US – a notoriously tough market for German startups to crack. EyeEm was highly commended in that category, and also took home "best product startup" overall.
Berlin-based social gaming company Wooga won the People's Choice award. This is basically an online popularity contest but, with over 300,000 votes cast, it's still a good measure of the company's reach and reputation.
Infogr.am – a Riga-based team backed by Lars Hinrichs' Hamburg-based accelerator HackFwd – placed as highly commended for best product startup, best central and eastern European (CEE) startup, and best "lightweight" startup.
"Learning management" platform Scolibri, another Berlin company, took the prize for "best education startup".
Best startup founders – Swedes in Berlin, Germans in London
SoundCloud founders Eric Wahlforsss and Alexander Ljung – two Swedes based in Berlin – placed second for "best startup founders". The team behind Mendeley – three Germans based in London – took the top prize in that category.
Berlin angel investor Christophe Maire won best "seed or angel" investor of the year. Earlybird Venture Capital, Zalando, Delivery Hero, Team Europe and Changers were among the Berlin-based firms, incubators and startups that were shortlisted but missed out an award (check out the full list of winners here).
While the panel of judges for the awards was impressive, the lack of judges' comments made the awards themselves seem a bit arbitrary. But that did keep the entire ceremony to just two hours for 33 award categories (including "winner of winners" ZeptoLab) so the gathered guests could head to the open bar and get the real party started...