Are you a Europioneer?

Europioneer

Are you a technical entrepreneur? If so, you could win the title of ‘Europioneer’ in a new series of awards.

The European Commission presents Europioneers, an initiative to celebrate Europe’s finest technology entrepreneurs. Supported by The Next Web, this prestigious technology award will be handed out to Europe’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year. The awards aim to give technology entrepreneurship in Europe visibility on a national, regional and global scale.

If you’re not a tech-preneur, maybe you know someone who is. Why not nominate them for the award? You never know, they might take you along to the glitzy award ceremony on April 24th! You can nominate multiple times, but your votes will only count one time per voting medium (email, Twitter, Facebook).

There are two categories in which you can nominate someone: European Tech Entrepreneur of the Year and Young European Tech Entrepreneur of the Year (under 30). The definition of ‘Tech’ entrepreneur in this context is an entrepreneur who operates in web, mobile or other online fields.

To get to the winner of The Europioneers award, there are three stages: a nomination round, a public voting round and at the end the jury will decide on the actual winner.

Anyone can submit nominees via the site and a hand-picked jury of tech illuminati will pick a short list. There will be a public voting round to select the five final nominees from that short list (based on most votes). The jury will select the winner of the Europioneers Award from those final five nominees. The awards will be presented by Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes.

Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes

Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes

You have until 14th February to get your nominations in – just go to the Europioneers site and enter the name of your nominee plus a link to their website/Twitter/LinkedIn page.

Follow the awards on Twitter: @Europioneers

 

 

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One thought on “Are you a Europioneer?”

  1. Hi Beth,

    Thanks very much for calling our attention to this bit of news. It certainly is blog-worthy!

    As far as the nominations and the awards themselves, one thing did immediately catch my attention. It is sort of odd, isn’t it, to launch an initiative described as “The Oscars of European tech”–and then to narrowly redefine a “tech entrepreneur” as someone who operates only “in web, mobile or other online fields”?

    Isn’t this a bit like announcing “The Oscars of European gourmet cooking,” only to narrowly and misleadingly redefine a “gourmet chef” as someone who makes only cakes and other sorts of pastry foods? Surely, such an award would be seen as nothing more than a publicity stunt. Hopefully the Europioneers awards will be more than that.

    Sources: (1) The Next Web http://thenextweb.com/eu/2012/12/05/eu-commissions-announces-the-europioneers-the-european-entrepeneur-of-the-year-awards/ (2) “The definition of ‘Tech’ entrepreneur in this context is an entrepreneur who operates in web, mobile or other online fields.” http://europioneers.com/

    Best regards
    Christian Beenfeldt

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