The goal of the 'StartUp Awards' is to identify and promote local role models of startups across Europe. The programme is supported by the European Commission and other major European actors.
'StartUp Europe Awards' recognises the effort of the European startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in ten categories: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, Health, ICT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism and Water. After a national selection, the companies from Luxembourg will have the possibility to compete against companies from other European countries like Belgium, Italy or Poland. The final ceremony to be held first quarter of 2017 in Brussels, has been nicknamed 'The Eurovision for Startups'.
The Grand Duchy provides an ideal environment for developing startups and puts forward a number of aid programmes. The six startups that will represent Luxembourg in the finals are:
- Job Today, nominated in the 'Social' category offers a recruitment tool for restaurant owners and retailers;
- Digicash, nominated in the 'Fintech' category, offers a payment tool using your smartphone;
- Apateq, nominated in the 'Water' category, provides wastewater treatment solutions;
- Ouni, nominated in the 'Green' category, is the first packaging-free organic grocery store in Luxembourg;
- vyzVoice, nominated in the 'ICT' category, provides a secured cloud-based communication infrastructure;
- Swirl, nominated in the 'Energy' category, produces leading edge wind turbines.
The winners of the European final will gain huge visibility across Europe and access to a mentoring programme on, among others, European funds, communication and lobbying. The programme will help them to develop their projects on a European level.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)