Submissions for The Europas Awards 2020 have now opened. We’re back for our 11th year of recognizing the hottest tech startups across the European tech scene, as supported by TechCrunch.
The awards evening will be held on 25 June 2020 in London, U.K., at the Museum of the Home (formerly known as the Geffrye Museum). Earlier in the day, we will be running a series of Pathfounder workshops aimed at giving Series A and late-stage seed startups practical advice on scaling up. The working agenda is here.
We’re actively scouting the top startups in each category, but you can nominate a startup, accelerator or venture fund that you think deserves to be recognized for their achievements in the last 12 months (1 January 2019 - 1 January 2020).
To be eligible to apply for the startup portion of the awards, you must be a late-stage seed or Series A startup. If you are bootstrapped, you must be generating sustainable revenues of at least £500,000 a year. For unicorns minted in the last year (1 January 2019 - 1 January 2020), you can apply to Unicorn of the Year.
This year, there are 22 categories, refreshed to ensure we recognize those startups working in tech’s most compelling fields. This year, ag tech and food tech have their own categories. We have included three tech-specific awards: Hottest AI Startup, Hottest Blockchain Project and Hottest Quantum Computing startup.
As we roll into our 11th year of The Europas, and into a new decade, we’re very conscious that collectively, we have only 10 years left to reach the UN’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals. We want to recognize those startups striving to create a more sustainable, equitable future. To that end, three new categories have been added, including Hottest GreenTech Startup, Hottest Social Innovation and Hottest Sustainability Tech. Sustainability Tech includes any startup working in an industry for which they’ve built a sustainable product or service.
We are also introducing one new final award, “Pathfounder of the Year,” to honor a person who has made a significant contribution to the tech industry. The contribution may be over a lifetime, or it may have occurred in the past year.
The timeline for The Europas are:
14 January: Entries open to the 2020 Europas.
25 March: Entries close.
14 April: Long list announced. Public voting opens.
15 May: Public voting closes. Judges deliberation begins.
8 June: Short list announced.
25 June: Winners announced at The Europas Awards evening.
The complete list of categories are:
Hottest AgTech Startup
Hottest B2B / SaaS Startup
Hottest CyberTech Startup
Hottest EdTech Startup
Hottest FinTech Startup
Hottest FoodTech Startup
Hottest GreenTech Startup
Hottest HealthTech Startup
Hottest Mobility Tech Startup
Hottest PropTech Startup
Hottest Public, Civic, GovTech Startup
Hottest SpaceTech Startup
Hottest Social Innovation
Hottest Sustainability Tech Startup
Hottest AI Startup
Hottest Blockchain Project
Hottest Quantum Startup
Hottest Seed Fund
Hottest VC Fund
Unicorn of the Year
Pathfounder of the Year