In search of the hottest startups, entrepreneurs and investors of Romania

The Next Web introduces the Romanian Startup Awards

08 JANUARY 2013, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
Summary
The TNW Romanian Startup Awards celebrate the best startups, entrepreneurs and investors in the country. As of today, the public will be able to nominate and vote via social media and help decide the winners over 7 categories. On February 5th 2013, the winners are announced online and that same evening,The Next Web will host a meetup in Bucharest in association with Geekcelerator to celebrate. Join us at the meetup!
Identifying the hottest startups in Romania
"Startups have always played an important role in TNW events - each year we welcome many promising young companies to our conferences. It's great to finally meet those startups in their own tech hub as we move through Europe to celebrate entrepreneurship. With TNW Romanian Startup Awards we're looking for the best entrepreneurial minds of Romania and aiming to bring the tech scene together for a great night", says Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web.

Online voting with offline awards ceremony
The Startup Awards are a public choice award, where the people decide on who will win the awards. It starts with nominating your favourite startups, four weeks before the event. Three weeks later, the professional TNW Jury, existing of Ziad M. Kane, CEO of TheNextWeb.com, TNW co-founder Patrick de Laive and editors Robin Wauters and Martin Bryant, selects max. 5 companies or people per category that will move on to the voting round. During the voting round, which lasts one week, anybody can vote for their favorites via our social voting platform.

The winners of the 7 categories are announced online on February 5th. The same night, TNW and Geekcelerator host a meetup at Mojo in Bucharest. Here the startup community will gather for drinks, chats and to celebrate the winners and nominees.

Seven categories 

The categories are Startup of the Year, Best (Co-)Founder, Best Web app, Best Mobile App, Best Design, Best User Experience, and Best Investor. The meetup by TNW co-founder, Patrick de Laive and Geekcelerator

Award ceremony dates through Europe
The Romanian Startup Awards are part of the Startup Awards tour around Europe and will be hosted by a TNW co-founder or editor. The dates the winners are announced and the dates op the meetups are:

Meetup dates
TNW Berlin Meetup, January 15th 
TNW London Meetup, January 24th 
TNW Dublin Meetup, January 29th 
TNW Paris Meetup, January 31st 
TNW Bucharest Meetup, February 5th 
TNW Barcelona Meetup, February 7th
TNW Warsaw Meetup, February 12th
TNW Amsterdam Meetup, February 15th
TNW Kiev Meetup, February 19th
TNW Moscow Meetup, February 21st
TNW Istanbul Meetup, February 26th
TNW Copenhagen Meetup, February 28th 

Each winner receives a ticket to the TNW Europe Conference in Amsterdam in April 2013. This high level networking event brings the tech industry leaders from Europe together to build a bridge between those markets for startups and companies. 

Show your support to the startup community
We are looking for partners and beer sponsors that would like to show their support to the startup community by chipping in on the bar bill during the meetup: http://thenextweb.com/startupawards/ukraine/become-sponsor
Quotes
""Startups have always played an important role in TNW events - each year we welcome many promising young companies to our conferences. It's great to finally meet those startups in their own tech hub as we move through Europe to celebrate entrepreneurship. With TNW Romanian Startup Awards we're looking for the best entrepreneurial minds of Romania and aiming to bring the tech scene together for a great night"" 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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