Three weeks ago, The Next Web, HackFWD and Cole Street introduced the French Startup Awards to discover the great startups of the French tech scene. Since the announcement more than 7300 nominations were submitted over the seven categories. After this successful first phase it's now time to start the voting. Here are the 35 nominees that the jury has narrowed down to.
Startup of the Year: appsfire.com, jolicloud.com, mention.net, netatmo.com, capitainetrain.com Best (Co-)Founder:
Tariq Krim (@tariqkrim
), Edouard De La Jonquière (@edelajonquiere
), Yann Lechelle (@ylechelle
), Patrick Robin (@robin24h00
), Gabriel Hubert (@gabhubert
Best Web App: mention.net
, nitrogr.amBest Mobile App: scoop.it
, linxo.comBest Design: wisemetrics.com
, linxo.comBest User Experience: skimm.fr
Best investor: xange.fr
Online voting starts now
Anybody can still vote for their favorite startup, entrepreneur or investor until 12 o'clock GMT (1pm CET) on Wednesday January 30th. The winners will be presented online.
The companies who get the most votes in their category will receive a ticket to TNW Conference Europe and of course, eternal fame.
TNW, HackFWD and Colestreet will host an intimate Paris Meetup that takes place on Thursday January 31st. Location is yet to be announced. TNW co-founder Patrick de Laive would love to meet with nominees, winners and others from the French tech scene.
The TNW Startup Awards try to discover the best startups in Europe by focussing on 12 local tech hubs. Berlin, London, Dublin, Paris, Bucharest, Barcelona, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Kiev, Moscow, Istanbul and Copenhagen.
"Europe needs real entrepreneurs to put itself back on the map again. Vigour and drive, the willingness to transform and develop are what's required. Not all hot startups are built in Silicon Valley – we're seeing very talented entrepreneurs with big ideas and great execution all over the world. These startups need to be discovered and their stories need to be told. The TNW Startup Awards tour around Europe helps to identify and shine a light on the best startups, their entrepreneurs and investors in each country," says Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web.