Europioneers 2012: Are you Europe’s best Tech Entrepreneur?


The European Commission is proud to present Europioneers, an initiative to celebrate Europe's finest technology entrepreneurs.

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Supported by The Next Web, this prestigious technology award will be handed out to Europe’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year. Giving technology entrepreneurship in Europe visibility on a national, regional and global scale.

Nominate your favourite entrepreneurs now! Nominations are accepted until February 14, 2013.

You can submit nominations in two categories:

  • European Tech Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Young European Tech Entrepreneur of the Year (under 30)

The definition of ‘Tech’ entrepreneur in the context of this Awards programme is an entrepreneur who operates in web, mobile or other online fields.

The Awards ceremony
With a great award comes an unforgettable award show! The award show will take place on 24 April and will be handed out by the Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes. Exact date and location are to be announced.

Join the party
The guest list for the Europioneers award will be based on invite only. The European Commission will be handling the invites together with the partners of the Europioneers. If you want to attend, or want more info about partnership opportunities, please click here for more information.

Europioneers Award rules
Anybody can nominate or vote. You can nominate multiple times, but your votes will only count one time per voting medium (email, twitter, facebook). The organization will keep a sharp eye on possible fraud and has the right to disqualify a nominee at any time when fraud is suspected.

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. Find the timeline below:

Public nomination: January 8th – February 14th
Announcement of short list: February 28th
Public voting (Email, Twitter or Facebook): February 28th – March 21st
Announcement of final nominees: April 7th
Europioneers Award Show, announcing the winner: April 24th

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.


More information
For more information on the Europioneers Award Show, see the Europioneers website.
Also see the European Commission Digital Agenda website.
You can also get involved with Europioneers on twitter.