Presenting the nominees for the Irish Startup Awards

Over 500 Irish startups enlisted. Vote now for your favourites!

24 JANUARY 2013, DUBLIN, IRELAND
Summary
The Next Web Jury has chosen 30 nominees out of over 500 Irish entries. The Next Web and Websummit introduce the Irish Startup Awards – an online competition celebrating the hottest startups, entrepreneurs and best investors in the country. Vote now for your favourite startup or investor! #ISA
Two weeks ago, The Next Web and Websummit introduced the Irish Startup Awards to discover the great startups of the Irish tech scene. Since the announcement more than 500 nominations were submitted over the six categories. After this successful first phase it's now time to start the voting. Here are the 30 nominees that the jury has narrowed down to.  

Startup of the Year: datahug.comlogentries.comnewswhip.comskillpages.comcurrencyfair.com

Best (Co-)Founder: James Whelton (@jwhelton), Paul Quigley (@paulyq), Connor Murphy(@connorPM), Trevor Parsons (@trevparsons), Mark Little (@marklittlenews)

Best Web App:
 currencyfair.comnewswhip.comdatahug.com, redeemandget.comlogentries.com

Best Mobile App: cleverbug.comgethealthapp.comsumup.com

Best Design: gethealthapp.com, skillpages.comdatahug.comcleverbug.comcurrencyfair.com

Best investor: Delta PartnersDFJ EspritKernel CapitalPolaris PartnersFrontline Ventures



Online voting starts now
Anybody can still vote for their favorite startup, entrepreneur or investor until 12 o'clock GMT (1pm CET) on Monday January 28rd. 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 and Websummit will host a Dublin Meetup that takes place on Tuesday January 29th from 8 pm at 4 Dame Lane, Dame lane in Dublin where TNW co-founder Patrick de Laive would love to meet nominees and others from the Irish 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.
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""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,"" Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web.
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About TNW Startup Awards Europe

The TNW Startup Awards are a series of 12 local awards in Europe's tech hubs. In each country, an online competition where the public can nominate and vote their favourite will determine the hottest startups, founders and investors. After the online awards, meetups with a TNW co-founder or editor will take place in Berlin,  London, Dublin, Paris, Barcelona, Bucharest, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Kiev, Moscow, Istanbul and Copenhagen. The categories of the awards are: Startup of the Year, best (co-)founder, best web app, best mobile app, best user experience, slickest design and best investor. The TNW Startup Awards are voted for by the public through their preferred social media channel. http://thenextweb.com/startupawards

About The Next Web

TheNextWeb.com is the source for technology news, business and culture with a worldly perspective. Since its launch in January 2008, the site has grown to a monthly reach over 6 million visitors from across the globe - priding itself on both its US and international audience.

The Next Web Conference is the second largest European Internet conference and is held every year in April, in Amsterdam.


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