Categories

The 8 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

    A 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

    A 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Ecosystem Hero of the Year

    Ecosystem Hero of the Year

    Description

    An individual known by passion for entrepreneurship and abillity as well as willingness to
    help statups and entrepreneurship grow. Key words: Passion, pay-it-forward, abillity and willingness to use experience and/or ability to help.

  • Best Social Impact Startup

    Best Social Impact Startup

    Description

    A 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 IoT Startup

    Best IoT Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity enabling data collection and exchange.

  • Best Blockchain Startup

    Best Blockchain Startup

    Description

    A 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.

  • Best FinTech Startup

    Best FinTech Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service/technology in the delivery and/or infrastructure of financial services.

  • Best AI/Machine Learning Startup

    Best AI/Machine Learning Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and most efficient and powerful application of deep tech / artificial intelligence / big data to reinvent how businesses and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems.

  • 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 and products that innovate and automate the real-estate industry and property management.

  • Best Big Data Startup

    Best Big Data Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact by developing tools, used by organizations to be able to cope with and efficiently handle the excessively growing amount of data.

  • 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 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 Logistics & Supply Chain Startup

    Best Logistics & Supply Chain Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by disrupting traditional business models and impacting productivity and efficiency in logistics, movement of goods and supply-chain.

  • 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 EduTech Startup

    Best EduTech Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation within the education field.

  • Best Software Development Partner

    Best Software Development Partner

    Description

    A software development agency or software house that provides remote software development services for its Clients.

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.