Pat Phelan, whose company Maxroam has been awarded at the prestigious TechCrunch Europe Awards
Cork entrepreneur Pat Phelan’s Maxroam last night picked up the Best Hardware or Gadget Startup Award at the TechCrunch Europe awards, The Europas.
Established by Pat Phelan, Maxroam, a low-cost roaming SIM card provider, enables mobile phone users to make low-cost calls anywhere in the world and the company has struck deals in a number of verticals that enable users to make calls on land, at sea and in the air.
The company had been up for three other awards at the London event, including Best Mobile Start-up, Best European Web Application and Best Start-up Founder/Co-Founder.
For Maxroam’s winning category, the judges remarked: “By creating a SIM card anyone can use globally, and a service which cuts roaming charges, Maxroam has become the European start-up entrepreneur’s SIM of choice, and deservedly so.”
Indicative of the direction the company is taking, its MAXRoam division last year forged a €10m partnership with global maritime charity Mission to Seafarers to provide voice and data packages to 1.7 million seafarers at the 250 Mission to Seafarers ports around the world. In a recent deal, Ryanair’s 73 million passengers can now also significantly cut the cost of making and receiving calls, text/SMS messages or mobile data by buying a Maxroam SIM card. In another first, the company launched the first low-cost roaming solution for the Apple iPhone 4, which allows users to access the internet, make calls and send SMS messages anywhere in Europe.
The winners of other categories at the awards were:
Winner of The Europas Grand Prix – Moshi Monsters
Best New Startup in 2010 – Flattr
Best Business or Enterprise Startup 2010 –Tradeshift
Best Advertising or Marketing Tech Startup 2010– Cognitive Match
Best Cleantech/Environmental Tech Startup 2010– Whipcar
Best Startup Founder/Co-Founders 2010 – Errol Damelin, Wonga
Best VC or Seed Fund of the Year 2010 – Index Ventures
Best Angel Investor of the Year 2010 – Stefan Glaenzer
Best Startup Adviser/Mentor of the Year 2010 – Sherry Coutu, Angel
Best Service Provider to Startups 2010 – Winston & Strawn/Bootlaw
Best Ongoing Startup Programme 2010 – Seedcamp (Pan-European)
Best Platform Startup 2010– Tweetdeck
Best Exit 2010 – Betfair (public listing)
Best European Startup Tool For Startups 2010 – Codility
Best European Web Application Or Service 2010– Spotify
Best Mobile Startup – Layar
Best Entertainment, Sport or Leisure Startup 2010 – Fanduel
Best Learning Startup 2010 – Moshi Monsters
Best Music Startup 2010 – Soundcloud
Best Video Startup 2010 – Brainient
Best Social Innovation Startup 2010 – Patients Know Best