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

The Next Web and IDCEE join forces to launch the Ukraine Startup Awards

25 JANUARY 2013, KIEV, UKRAINE
Summary
The Ukraine Startup Awards is an online competition determining the hottest startups, entrepreneurs and investors in the country. Startups, investors and apps are voted for by the public through their preferred social media channel. Celebrate your hard work and meet with fellow entrepreneurs from the Ukraine tech-scene on February 19th 2013, where The Next Web, IDCEE and EastLabs will host a meetup in Kiev to celebrate with winners and nominees of the online Ukraine Startup Awards!
Identifying the hottest startups in Ukraine
"Startups have always played an important role in TNW and IDCEE events. Each year we welcome many promising companies at IDCEE and TNW Conferences, but now we are also coming to Europe's tech-hubs, like Kiev, to discover the best of Ukraine and put tech entrepreneurs in the spotlight", says Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web.

Online nominating and voting 
The Ukraine Startup Awards are a public choice award, where the people decide on who will win the awards. It starts with nominating your favourite startups through our platform. Three weeks later, the professional Jury, existing of Zee Kane, CEO of TheNextWeb, TNW co-founder Patrick de Laive and TNW editors Robin Wauters and Martin Bryant, select max. 5 companies or people per category who will be going to the voting round. During the voting round, which lasts one week, anybody can vote for their favourites via the social voting platform or e-mail.

The winners of the 7 categories are announced online February 18th. The next day, the startup community will gather for drinks, chats and to celebrate the winners and nominees at a meetup in Sky art café, Kiev, where TNW Co-founder Patrick de Laive, TA Venture director and IDCEE organizer Viktoriya Tigipko and EastLabs partner Eveline Buchatskiy will be present. 

Seven categories 

The categories are Startup of the Year, Best (Co-)Founder, Best Web app, Best Mobile App, Best Design, Best E-commerce, and Best Investor. 

“First of all, business is based on the ecology of human relationships. Such gatherings as TNW meetups and Conferences or our IDCEE Conference bring human dimension into the industry and help in communicating and spreading new bright ideas and innovations around the world”, says Viktoriya Tigipko, organizer of the IDCEE Conference.
EastLabs partner Eveline Buchatskiy believes that importance of implementing TNW Awards in Ukraine could not be underestimated: “Eastlabs is honored to partner with IDCEE and The Next Web in recognizing people and ideas that bring substantial value to the startup ecosystem in Ukraine”.

European Tour
The Ukraine Startup Awards are part of the TNW Startup Awards meetup tour across 12 countries in Europe.
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 still 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 and IDCEE events. Each year we welcome many promising companies at IDCEE and TNW Conferences, but now we are also coming to Europe's tech-hubs, like Kiev, to discover the best of Ukraine and put tech entrepreneurs in the spotlight"" Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web
"“First of all, business is based on the ecology of human relationships. Such gatherings as TNW meetups and Conferences or our IDCEE Conference bring human dimension into the industry and help in communicating and spreading new bright ideas and innovations around the world”" Viktoriya Tigipko, organizer of the IDCEE Conference
"“Eastlabs is honored to partner with IDCEE and The Next Web in recognizing people and ideas that bring substantial value to the startup ecosystem in Ukraine”" Eveline Buchatskiy, EastLabs partner
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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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