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Swiftkey, Hailo & GoCardless snap up top awards

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Europe’s biggest and most influential startups were in London last night for the Europas Awards.

In a grandiose night at the Old Billingsgate Market, the cream of London’s tech scene were winners across a number of the awards and the evening was confirmation of the host city’s top spot in Europe’s tech ecosystem.

For many, the highlight of the night was a performance by Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst (though there were rumours of a look-alike).

Founded in 2009 by Mike Butcher, the awards celebrate the most forward-thinking, progressive and innovative tech companies across a range of categories. It is the second time the awards have been in London.

London’s startup elite

It was hardly surprising that the fintech award would go to a London startup. GoCardless, who have processed $200m worth of transactions and disrupted the Direct Debit business, took the prize.

One of the big winners of the night was London-based Swiftkey. Started by friends and maths geniuses Jon Reynolds and Dr Ben Medlock, the company has changed the way people type on smartphones and has even managed to impress the tough-to-please Apple with its tech. Its product took home the coolest technology innovation award – and the firm also picked up the Europas Grand Prix Award.

London cabbie service Hailo took home Best Travel or Transport Startup. They face stiff competition from the likes of Uber, who were recently valued at $17bn.

Other British-based winners were Codeclub, Index Ventures, Brainient, Sleep.io, and Datasift.

The full list of winners

Best Entertainment or Media Startup

Soundcloud

Best E-Commerce Startup

FoodPanda SLASH Hellofood

Best Education Startup

Babbel

Best Startup Accelerator or Incubator

Startupbootcamp

Best Advertising Marketing Startup

Brainient

Best Gaming or Social Games Startup

Supercell

Best Social Mobile Startup

EyeEm

Best FinTech Startup

GoCardless

Best Enterprise, Software as a Service or B2B Startup

DataSift

Best Hardware Startup

Petcube

Best Sharing or Crowd Sourcing Economy Startup

BlaBlaCar

Best Health Startup

Big Health with Sleep.io

Best Security or Privacy Startup

ZenMate

Best Virtual Currency Startup

Bitstamp

Best Travel or Transport Startup

Hailo

Best Internet of Things Startup

Evrythng

Coolest Technology Innovation

Swiftkey

Best Fashion Startup

FarFetch

Best Angel or Seed Investor of the Year

Xavier Niel & Jeremie Berrebi of Kima Ventures

Greatest Tech Influence On Society

CodeClub

Best VC Investor of the Year

Index Ventures

Best Startup Founder or Co-founders

Peter Arvai, Péter Halácsy and Ádám Somlai-Fischer from Prezi

Fastest Rising Startup Of The Year

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Europas Hall Of Fame

Daniel Ek, Spotify, Stockholm/London

Eileen Burbidge, Passion Capital, London

Klaus Hommels, VC, Zurich

Martin Varsavsky, Fon, Madrid

Robin Klein, Index Ventures, London

Sherry Coutu (CBE), Silicon Valley Comes to UK / Founders4Schools

Xavier Niel, Kima Ventures, Paris

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