Startup Europe Awards (SEUA), an initiative supported by the European Commission in collaboration with Startup Europe and organised by the Finnova Foundation, is holding a Special Edition for European startups that will be recognised during the Startup Europe Summit 2019 (SES19), to be celebrated in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on 21 and 22 March 2019.

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This SEUA Special Edition SES19 will recognise five startups, one for each one of the following prizes:

  1. Female-led startup;
  2. Young-led startup (founder under 30);
  3. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals startup;
  4. Social Inclusion startup  
  5. Job Growth startup.

How to apply

It is possible to apply to the awards for every startup created 5 or less years ago in Europe. To apply, startups must fill in with detail the form found in the website of the SEUA Special Edition, and the deadline to apply ends on 23:59 hours (CET) of 17 February 2019. The startups should choose the prize most suitable for them (just one option).

A multidisciplinary jury, composed of professionals from different countries and fields, will make the selection of the best EU startups taking into account existing startups in the EU that meet these criteria and the applications received. Some of the jury members are part of the High Level group of experts from Startup Europe (European Commission).

Benefits for the selected startups

Winning startups will be invited to participate in the Startup Europe Summit SES19 that will take place between 21 and 22 March in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The expenses during both days for 1 member of the startup will be reimbursed (transport from country of origin to Cluj-Napoca, accommodation and daily allowance).

The startups will be recognised in a ceremony that will be held on March 21 in the frame of the Startup Europe Summit 2019 and will count with the presence of authorities from the European Commission, key influencers, investors, tech leaders, tech journalists, policy makers and entrepreneurs.   

In SES19, the selected startups will be able to showcase their innovation in the networking area of the conference and will gain exposure and visibility through the StartUp Europe Awards Media Alliance composed by more than 30 media outlets and social networking sites.

The selected startups will pass to the European level of the next Startup Europe Awards edition, regardless of any other startup competing or awarded in their country or category.

About Startup Europe Awards

Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) is an open innovation initiative promoted by the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe; it is supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee and several members from the European Parliament. StartUp Europe Awards is sponsored by StartUp Europe Accelerator.

SEUA has celebrated two European finals (one in Brussels and the other one in Sofia), and is going to launch the third edition during the first quarter of 2019.

The winning startups will have access to information on opportunities offered by the European Union to boost and internationalise their projects through the StartUp Europe Accelerator programme of the Finnova Foundation.

For more information about the Startup Europe Awards Special Edition SES19 please visit the website 

Startup Europe Summit 2019

Known as an evolving tech hub in Romania, the city of Cluj-Napoca will host the fourth edition of Startup Europe Summit in 2019, the perfect occasion to recognise the best European startups.

In the previous edition of the Startup Europe Summit, startups found information about new funding opportunities; meetings with investors, corporates and leading enterprises and public administration representatives as well as networking with a vivid community of key decision makers and tech leaders within EU, notably Central Eastern Europe and Western Balkans regions.