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The South Europe Startup Awards is a unique series of events in the South Europe countries - Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain- to recognize, celebrate and connect the South European startup ecosystem. In addition to being regional, it is also cross-sectorial, bringing together all actors within the startup ecosystem from startups to investors and many more.

The 7 countries are competing in 20 categories and each country will provide a national winner for each category to the Grand Finale.

  • Startup of the Year

    Startup of the Year

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

  • Best Newcomer

    Best Newcomer

    Description

    Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

  • Founder of the Year

    Founder of the Year

    Description

    A tech startup founder that has shown notable achievements over the last year in terms of great customer growth and/or sales, funds raised, uniqueness and/or impact of the product/service and leadership.

  • Female Role Model of the Year

    Female Role Model of the Year

    Description

    The most inspirational and influential woman of the startup ecosystem, regardless of being a coder, a founder or a designer at a startup, a mentor or a facilitator, she demonstrates outstanding commitment and professionalism in her field.

  • Best Social Impact Startup

    Best Social Impact Startup

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing, and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues.

  • Best Blockchain Startup

    Best Blockchain Startup

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product, service based on blockchain technology.

  • Investor of the Year

    Investor of the Year

    Description

    An individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be for example as an exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realisation of an earlier investment.

  • Best Coworking Space

    Best Coworking Space

    Description

    A coworking space that deserves the recognition for its services, support and resources to fast-growth tech startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation.

  • Best Accelerator/Incubator Program

    Best Accelerator/Incubator Program

    Description

    A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

  • Best FoodTech/ AgriTech Startup

    Best FoodTech/ AgriTech Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with a product/service that uses technology to improve agriculture and food production, supply chain, distribution channels, and consumption.

  • Best Smart City Solution Startup

    Best Smart City Solution Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions or products that target better connectivity, digitalization and managing the city infrastructure in urban development.

  • Best Student Startup

    Best Student Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with a product/service which is founded and run by students.

  • Best Health Tech Startup

    Best Health Tech Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions, methods and/ or products that target life sciences and agricultural development.

  • Best Space Startup

    Best Space Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service that uses technology which is on the leading edge of space research and sciences.

  • Best Creative Industry Startup

    Best Creative Industry Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with the product/service within the creative industry.

  • Best Migrapreneur of the Year

    Best Migrapreneur of the Year

    Description

    A migrant or refugee startup founder(s) in the technology field who has shown notable achievements over the last year in the SESAwards region and acts as a role model for their own community.

  • Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative

    Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative

    Description

    A startup initiative that has empowered and supported entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. A startup ecosystem initiative can be an event, a program, a project, an agenda etc. initiated by individuals, community building organisations, corporates & government.

  • Best E-commerce Startup

    Best E-commerce Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing innovate business solutions through merchandising, sourcing, distribution, logistics, marketing and retail.

  • Best Civic Tech Startup

    Best Civic Tech Startup

    Description

    A Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on the incorporation of technology to empower citizens or help make government more accessible, efficient, and effective. Being that to create greater participation in government or otherwise assisting governments in delivering citizen services and strengthening ties with the public.

  • Best Smart Factory Startup

    Best Smart Factory Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on the real-time application of the principles and technologies of Industry 4.0 facilitating dynamic markets, added product value, and high-velocity technologies and products with increased expectations for environmental sustainability and zero incidents.

Definitions

Startup
A company with up to 5 years of age which uses technology/software in its product or service. The company can be from any industry as long as the core product/service is software and/or hardware.

Founder
An individual that has founded a startup company which uses technology in its product or service. The company can be from any industry as long as the core product/service is software and/or hardware.

Investor
An individual or company who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.

Coworking Space
A flexible shared working environment for fast-growth tech companies, that offers services, support and resources through memberships to accelerate business growth.

Accelerator
A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

Impact
To change the name of the game and the way things are “normally” done.

Innovation
Activities that contribute to the research, development and design of new products, services or techniques, or to improving existing products, and generates new technological knowledge.

Growth
Growth in the form of employees, countries to operate, number of users etc.