Peter Arvai of Prezi, is European Web Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. Guillermo Garcia from Alumnis Young European Web Entrepreneur of the Year. The award for Gazelle High Growth Web Entrepreneur of the Year went to Javier de la Torre and Sergio Alvarez from CartoDB and Sylvia Klein from paij GmbH was is Female Web Entrepreneur of the Year.

Europe's pioneering tech and web superstars today received prestigious Europioneers awards tonight at the Web Summit in Dublin.

The winners and finalists will get access to some of the best mentors and better chances to get into venture capital funds to help their business grow and thrive on a European and global scale.

About the 2014 winners

European Web Entrepreneur of the Year: Peter Arvai (@peterarvai) from @prezi

In 2008 Peter joined forces with fellow Hungarians, Adam Somlai-Fischer and Péter Halácsy, 8 to create Prezi, a cloud-based presentation platform.. Today Prezi has a community of over 45 million users and over 120 million prezis around the world. The company has offices in San Francisco and Budapest and 40 employees from around the world. Peter also founded a company that aggregates data on treatment outcomes for hospitalized patients. He also developed the world's first mobile newsreader so people could follow TED Talks from their mobile devices.


Young European Web Entrepreneur of the Year (under 30): Guillermo Garcia from @alumn-e

Guillermo is the founder of Alumn-e which has created a new technology, content and courses to make companies and people learn. It aims to become the largest e-learning company in Europe. An experienced entrepreneur, Guillermo and his colleagues have created a number of other companies, including eJusTIC which specialises in on-line dispute resolution.


High Growth Web Entrepreneur of the Year –Gazelle Award:  Javier de la Torre (@jatorre) from @cartoDB

 Javier is CEO and Co-Founder of Vizzuality and CartoDB. The company and specializes in location data visualisation and online mapping and has offices in has offices in offices in Madrid and New York. CartoDB is enabling over 600 customers and over 60.000 users to create insightful maps with no previous technical knowledge. CartoDB has customers in in over 30 countries, and his base is growing by  at 15 % a month. Over the past decade, Javier has been working in the field of biodiversity informatics, first at different research institutions, and later on the private side.


Female Web Entrepreneur of the Year:  Sylvia Klein (@viclayn) from @paijapp

Sylvia is from Germany and is a founder and managing director of paij a mobile payment app available on smartphones and tablets. Paij enables you to leave your physical wallet and home. Everyone is able to send and receive payments without using cash or credit cards.The app is also available for businesses. Paij currently has 25 full-time employees.  Before Paij, Sylvia created the web service agency redrauscher and worked with a number of business and consultancies including McKinsey & Company.

The European Commission is organising Europioneers awards as Startup Europe, the Commission plan to strengthen Europe's business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that tech start-ups not only start in Europe, but also stay in Europe. Europineers 2014 has been organised in cooperation with Deloitte, European Young Innovators Forum and HUB Institute.

The finalists were selected through a public vote and winers s decided by distinguished s panel of judges from Europe's tech and startup community: Sonia Flynn (Facebook), Simone Brummelhuis (The Next women Crowd Fund, ERBS Revolving Fund and ON Impact Investments), Robin Wauters ( and Moi), Mike Butcher (TechCrunch & TechHub), Jan Reichelt (Mendeley), Carlos Espinal (Seedcamp), Nick Davis (Europe World Economic Forum

The finalists

European Web Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Aneesh Varma of Aire Labs (UK)
  • Frédéric Mazzella of BlaBlaCar (France)
  • Marius Dima of DasData (Romania)
  • Francisco Amián of DEUDAE (Spain)
  • Albin Bronkhorst of Fastr (Netherlands)
  • Sebastian Siemiatkowski and Niklas Adalberth of Klarna (Sweden)
  • Greg Marsh, Demetrios Zoppos and Tim Davey of onefinestay (UK)
  • Peter Arvai of Prezi (Hungary)
  • Rafael Dos Santos of Room in the Moon (UK)
  • Jaime Padrón Medina of The Magic Turn S.L. (Spain)
  • Ian Hogarth, Pete Smith and Michelle You of Songkick (UK)
  • Christian Lanng, Mikkel hippe and Gert Sylvest of Tradeshift (Denmark)
  • Nuno Almeida of We-Experience (Portugal)
  • Alex Chesterman-Zoopla of Zoopla (UK)

Young Web Entrepreneur of the Year (30 and under)

  • Gille Freek of *bliep (The Netherlands)
  • Guillermo García of Alumn-e (Spain)
  • Mayel de Borniol of Babelverse (UK)
  • Carlos Mateo of Becash (Spain)
  • Alexander Fefegha of Comuzi Software (UK)
  • Romain Libeau of deliver (France)
  • Jose Antonio Jimenez Lama of Online Bookings SL (Spain)

High Growth Web Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Miguel Arias of CartoDB (Spain)
  • Julien Coulon of Cedexis (France)
  • Caspar Woolley, Gaylene Li and Terry Runham of Hailo (UK)
  • Sebastian Siemiatkowski and Niklas Adalberth of Klarna (Sweden)
  • Leo Van Merwijk of ZOOperman (The Netherlands)
  • Kristo Käärmann & Taavet Hinrikus of TransferWise (Estonia)
  • Viktoras Jucikas, Liucija Svajonė & Rytis Vitkauskas of Yplan (Lithuania)
  • Christian Reber of Wunderlist (Germany)

Female Web Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Rachel Delacour of Bime Analytics (France)
  • Lucy Stonehill of Bridge U (UK)
  • Jennifer Schenker of Informilo (UK)
  • Julia Bösch & Anna Alex of Outfittery (Germany)
  • Sylvia Klein of Paij (Germany)
  • Fion Disegni of Rentez-vous (UK)
  • Heidi Lindvall of Storygami (UK)

Useful links

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