The winners of this year’s inaugural Europioneers Awards certainly do. These European entrepreneurs showed that it takes more than a good idea and hard work to make a successful tech venture. It is also takes daring, business acumen, a flair for marketing and the right conditions for believers and investors to grow a venture into a leading ICT company.
Europe has recognised that it needs to promote entrepreneurialism. Throughout this edition of netinnov future, you can read about the actions being taken at the EU level to create the right regulatory and market conditions for entrepreneurs to prosper in Europe – real business accelerators.
Here is where we show how a little bit of show business also helps. Tech entrepreneurs in the USA, for example, are like 21st-century rock stars, and the new Europioneers Awards sought to recreate some of that showbiz feeling, while not ignoring the serious business side. Europe needs innovators and new business ideas made possible by the internet to help pull it out of a deep economic slump.
So it was in this setting that the European Tech Entrepreneur and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards took place in 2013. Some 1200 nominations were registered, from which online voters could then choose their favourite candidates. This resulted in ten finalists, all founders of exciting tech companies:
- Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Niklas Adalberth and Victor Jacobsson – Klarna
- Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss – SoundCloud (prize-winner)
- Michael Acton Smith – Mind Candy
- Jens Begemann – Wooga
- Mikael & Niklas Hed – Rovio
- Daniel Ek – Spotify
- Jon Reynolds – SwiftKey (prize-winner)
- Christian Reber – 6Wunderkinder
- Daniel Marhely – Deezer
- Hiroki Takeuchi, Matt Robinson and Tom Blomfield – GoCardless
A panel of experts was convened to decide the winners, which were announced at a gala show in the Netherlands.
- Europioneers – http://europioneers.com/