The Europas, “Europe’s most prestigious tech event,” took place for the fourth time last night in Berlin, and celebrated the best of entrepreneurship from 2012. With Russian startup Zeptolab winning the Grand Prix as well as the Best Gaming or Social Game Startup award, and five CEE companies out of a total of 14 European start-ups receiving prizes in other categories, “Go East” seems to have been a bit of a motto of the evening.
Here are the five CEE winners:
Slovenian Toshl, which provides users with an application to help them track and manage their finances, won the award in the Best Commerce and Finance category.
TransferWise headquartered in Estonia was chosen as the best startup of “less than three years and/or with less than €2 million in funding.” It won for designing a tool that lets users make foreign-currency money transfers while avoiding fees.
Czech NextStories was awarded as Best CEE Startup for their tool allowing readers to instantaneously discover online material on their favourite topics.
Another Czech startup, Intellitix won in the category Best Entertainment Startup with its RFID tool that securely manages access control at live events. The system is aimed at eliminating waiting lines and ticket fraud.
The third Czech startup that won a prize in its category, Best Advertising and Marketing Tech Startup, was SocialBakers with their social media analytics platform.
Among the highly commended CEE startups was Infogr.am from Latvia in the categories Lightweight and Best Social, Mobile or Apps Startup.
Keep making us proud, CEE startups!