ZeptoLab takes the Grand Prix at the Europas, Datahug wins two gongs

23 Jan 2013

ZeptoLab, the creators of the popular app game Cut The Rope, was named Grand Prix winner at the Europas last night in Berlin. Short-term loans service Wonga picked up the title Best Heavyweight Startup while Irish tech firm Datahug won two awards.

Irish social CRM firm Datahug achieved two Europas awards. The first for Best Irish Startup in the regional awards segment, with CurrencyFair highly commended, and the second for Best Business, Recruitment or Enterprise Startup.

Another gaming firm, Berlin-based Wooga, snatched the People’s Choice Award. More than 300,000 votes were cast to decide the winner of this award, with hundreds of start-ups vying for the prize.

The awards judges included partners from Kleiner Perkins, Accel, Index, Google Ventures and Crunchfund, entrepreneurs like Jawed Karim (founder of YouTube and Youniversity Ventures) and Michael Birch (founder of Bebo, Monkey Inferno) and Lady Gaga’s manager and angel investor Troy Carter.

The Europas 2013 Full List of Winners and Highly-Commended (HC)

Best MENA Startup

Winner: Markafoni

HC: Cinemoz

Best CEE Startup

Winner: NextStories

HC: Infogr.am

Best Russian Startup

Winner: AlterGeo

HC: Zeptolab

Best Nordic Startup

Winner: Instabridge

HC: PowerKiss

Best French Startup

Winner: Qunb

HC: WriteThat.name

Best German Startup

Winner: MyTaxi

HC: EyeEm

Best UK Startup

Winner: GoCardless

HC: Skimlinks

Best Irish Startup

Winner: Datahug

HC: CurrencyFair

Best Recruitment and Jobs Startup

Winner: InternAvenue

HC: Adzuna

Best Advertising or Marketing Tech Startup

Winner: Socialbakers

HC: Conversocial

Best Transport, Travel or Environmental Startup

Winner: Shutl

HC: BlaBlaCar

Best Education Startup

Winner: Scolibri

HC: Memrise

Best Service Provider to Startups

Winner: 33Seconds

HC: Ballou PR

Best European Startup Accelerator/Incubator

Winner: Seedcamp

HC: Springboard

Best Startup Founder/ Co-founders

Winner: Mendeley – Jan Reichelt, Paul Foeckler & Victor Henning

HC: SoundCloud – Eric Wahlforss & Alexander Ljung

Best Entertainment, Audio or Video Startup

Winner: Intellitix

HC: Crane.tv

Best Business, Recruitment or Enterprise Startup

Winner: DataHug

HC: Duedil

Best Startup From Outside Europe

Winner: Paymentwall

HC: WalkMe

Best Lightweight Startup

Winner: Sketchfab

HC: Infogr.am & Memoto

Best Heavyweight Startup

Winner: Wonga

HC: Supercell

Best Exit of 2012

Winner: Face.com

HC: Qype

Best VC of the Year (Company)

Winner: Atomico

HC: Index Ventures

HC: Passion Capital

Best VC of the Year (Individual)

Winner: Neil Rimer (Index Ventures)

Best Middleweight Startup

Winner: Transferwise

HC: SwiftKey

Best Commerce, Finance or Payments Startup

Winner: Toshl

HC: Dashlane

Best Culture (Fashion, Art, Music, Media) Startup

Winner: Lyst

HC: Soundrop

Best Gaming or Social Games Startup

Winner: Zeptolab

HC: Playmob

Best Product Startup

Winner: EyeEm

HC: Infogr.am

Best Social, Mobile or Apps Startup

Winner: Zeebox

HC: Everplaces

Best Startup Advisor/Mentor of the Year

Winner: Max Niederhofer

HC: Philipp Moehring

Hall of Fame

Niklas Zennstrom

Tech Journalist of the Year

Ben Rooney (Wall Street Journal)

Best Angel or Seed Investor of the Year

Christophe Maire

Grand Prix


John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years