Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Tel Aviv Demo Day here

Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Tel Aviv Demo Day here
TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Microsoft Accelerator’s Tel Aviv Demo Day this Tuesday, June 21st starting at 5:30pm IDT, 7:30am PST.
The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around the world, from Bangalore to Beijing, from Berlin to Seattle. Programs have a focus on enterprise startups; this Demo Day in Tel Aviv showcases companies working on everything from a disability marketplace to mobile user tracking to analytics for genomics.
Investors and press will hear pitches from 10 companies from 5:30-6:30pm on the 21st and you can watch it live right here.

Banana SplashBanana Splash identifies mobile visitor behavior in real time and delivers a personalized experience that turns mobile visitors into high-converting customers.
CoralogixCoralogix provides actionable insights on machine data and detects production problems in real time.
Datarails (Formerly Report Hippo): Datarails provides a unique solution that bridges the gap between the regular, personal Excel and top-class business application standards in the areas of security, workflow, corporate governance and business intelligence.
GenooxGenoox is a big data platform for analyzing and managing next-generation sequencing data in the cloud. Genoox’s platform provides a robust query engine over in-house data or millions of public data points and helps researchers and genetic labs get genomic insights rapidly and accurately.
ImagryImagry is a large-scale platform that enables businesses to build their own object-recognition engines.
ConviaConvia delivers interactive experiences that increase conversions, resulting in more leads, sales, revenue and actionable insights. Convia experiences are optimized based on data science.
PayKeyPayKey’s first-of-its-kind secured payment keyboard makes everyday banking easier and more efficient than ever before. Their technology puts banks where their customers are — on social networks.
SpotinstSpotinst provides an intelligent workload management for cloud clusters that optimizes web tiers, autoscaling environments and big data stacks to increase performance, improve availability and reduce infrastructure costs.
UnomyUnomy helps sales and marketing teams at B2B companies find relevant prospects, prioritize their leads and research companies they care about, easily and effectively.
YooocanYooocan is an inspiration marketplace for people with disabilities and their families. It will enable easy discovery and buying of activities, product, services and innovation.

Favor shutters service in five big cities, focuses on second-tier markets

Favor shutters service in five big cities, focuses on second-tier markets
Favor, the Postmates-esque on-demand logistics company that launched out of Austin in 2013, has today announced that it will shutter service in five U.S. cities: Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami and Washington, DC.
Before this announcement, Favor was operational in 23 cities, including Toronto, so this takes the company down to 18 markets.
Here’s what Jag Bath, Favor CEO, had to say in a prepared statement:
At Favor, we fully embrace learning about the communities we serve. After experimenting in cities of varying size, Favor is choosing to employ our smart-scaling growth plan in tier 2 markets. The company will be withdrawing operations in: Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, and Washington DC.
At heart, Favor is a high-touch logistics business. That said, we’re a young startup – and startups need to experiment to confirm what works with our current technology and operations, as well as consider the unique dynamics within each market. Scaling a logistics company requires great attention to detail, and closing operations in these markets is a healthy thing for our business, as perfecting our service and delivering it at scale has always been our number one priority.
Moving forward, we’ll continue to invest in operations and technology so we can maintain our superior service levels in our current and future markets.
On-demand logistics businesses are already difficult to operate, both because of high competition and the general dynamics of delivering (usually restaurant-prepared food) in a timely fashion. That said, Bath told TechCrunch that the company consistently gets five-star ratings in tier-two markets like Austin and Dallas, and can ensure that the technology and service will work for both runners and consumers in those markets.
Bath does not differentiate tier-one and tier-two based on population (after all, Houston has the fourth highest population in the U.S.), but rather on density, which drastically affects things like parking, traffic and restaurant wait-times. Bath also said that at least part of the decision to focus on second-tier cities comes down to less competition.
“We believe tier-2 and tier-3 cities are an overlooked opportunity,” said Bath. “The needs of these cities are no different than tier-1 cities — consumers want convenience and runners and delivery drivers want to make money in those cities — and it’s a large opportunity.”
Bath said that the overall impact of shuttering these markets will be minimal, both in terms of its affect on merchants, runners and full-time staff. This is based on the fact that these are relatively new markets with smaller teams — it takes one full-time employee and 10 or fewer runners to spin up a market.
Favor will continue to launch new tier-two and tier-three markets, and Bath said that he is not closed off to the idea of eventually trying out tier-one markets in the future.

Tablo launches its live TV and DVR app for Apple TV

Tablo launches its live TV and DVR app for Apple TV
Looking to cut the cord and have a new Apple TV? A new app from Tablo can help. Launching shortly for Apple TV 4th generation devices — the new models that include access to the Apple TV App Store — the app allows you to both stream live television and watch recorded programs. The app works in conjunction with the company’s Tablo DVR, a $200 device that can access broadcast programs it receives via a connected over-the-air antenna, as well as record those programs to a hard drive for later viewing.
The company had promised this January that it had this app in the works, and would be launching it sometime this spring. Clearly, it didn’t meet that deadline.
The Tablo DVR, for those unfamiliar, is something of an alternative to TiVo. It’s competitively priced at $200 (for two tuners), while ongoing access to its TV Guide data is an optional and affordable $5 per month. And if you only really use Tablo for watching live television, you can easily skip paying for the guide data, which is mainly helpful for managing future recordings.
For more serious TV watchers, a four-tuner device is also available for $300.
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Tablo is not the simplest system to set up for non-technical users because it’s not an all-in-one solution. Instead, it requires you to attach your own external drive to serve as storage for its recordings. The advantage to this, of course, is that you’re in control of how much storage you have available and can expand that at will. However, it does mean you’ll have to buy another piece of hardware beyond the antenna, and you’ll have to make room for more equipment in your media center.
That said, once you get past the initial installation hurdles, the software itself is fairly straightforward to use. The Apple TV app offers a clean user interface, complete with colorful thumbnail images for show titles, and makes it easy to move between watching live TV or viewing your recordings.
Plus, the app will work with Apple TV’s voice-enabled remote, allowing you to ask Siri to skip the commercials or move forward or back in the stream (e.g. “Skip ahead two minutes” or “Go back to the start”). You can also just press the pause button instead, then swipe back and forth in the scrubber while viewing the fast-forward previews.
In the 1.0 release of the app, users will be able to watch live TV, and view and schedule recordings for programs airing in the next 24 hours. You can schedule both one-time and series recordings, says the company. Other features are planned for the months ahead, which will focus bringing feature parity between the Apple TV app and those on other platforms. That means things like the TV View, Movies View and Prime TV View will make their way over to Apple TV, as well.
In addition to Apple TV, Tablo offers apps for a number of platforms, including Roku, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Fire tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, web, Kodi and Plex.
It’s also worth pointing out that Tablo is not the only way to watch live TV on Apple TV. TheChannels app works with the HDHomeRun TV tuner to offer similar functionality. Meanwhile, Dish’s Sling TV also just launched on Apple TV this week, but is focused mainly on live television, with a smaller selection of on-demand content. Plus, its channel lineup is cable TV, not broadcast networks, nor does it offer DVR functionality.
Tablo says its Apple TV app version 1.0 has been published to the App Store, where it’s pending approval. It will be live shortly, the company says.

Talking Kleiner 3.0 with Eric Feng, its new head of consumer investing

Talking Kleiner 3.0 with Eric Feng, its new head of consumer investing
Kleiner Perkins has been through the wringer since the go-go dot-com days of the late 1990s. Aftermaking a bundle on Google, the storied venture firm raised too much money from investors and grew too ambitious in scope before dramatically retrenching a few years ago — but not before being hit with one of the highest-profile lawsuits in venture industry. (It won the case, which centered on gender discrimination, but it took a beating in the process.)
To restore its former glory, the firm is largely transformed from the firm it was a dozen years ago. For starters, it has undergone some major casting changes. Only one of its five general partners — Ted Schlein, who leads Kleiner’s investments in security and some of its enterprise investments — has been with the firm throughout all the tumult, having joined the firm 20 years ago. Meanwhile, Beth Seidenberg, who focuses on everything from life science to digital health, joined Kleiner in 2005; Wen Hsieh, who focuses on enterprise and hardware deals, joined in 2006; Mike Abbott joined in 2011 to focus largely on enterprise deals; and Eric Feng, a former CTO for both Hulu and Flipboard, joined last October to lead the firm’s consumer investing.
Kleiner, which is currently raising $1.3 billion across two new funds, has also taken a page from the playbook of Benchmark and some other smaller partnerships, and its partners now enjoy equal partner economics. (Kleiner has also five associate partners, as well as a separate growth investing group.)
To get better insight into the firm and how it operates today — as well as where it’s shopping — we talked yesterday with Feng. Our chat has been edited for length.
TC: You joined KP in October, but you’ve been close to the firm for years.
EF: I first joined as a partner in 2010, doing two things. One was helping with traditional investing. The other was as [former Vice President] Al Gore’s chief of staff, mostly focused on climate change, which is something I’m personally very interested in. I had almost no professional background in that space, so it was very generous of Kleiner and Al to let me work with him on that.
After one-and-a-half years, I incubated a [platform for sharing personal content] called Erly thatsold to Sean Parker’s Airtime. John Doerr was on my board at Erly, and as I was looking around for what’s next [in 2013], John said, “You should stay in the family, and here’s a company [Flipboard] that needs a head of engineering and that would fit your background.” Then last summer, we started to talk about next moves, and it was John and Randy who brought forward this idea of bringing me [back] into the partnership.
TC: As many readers will know, Doerr has stepped away from Kleiner’s day-to-day management to become its chairman. Meanwhile, Randy Komisar, who joined Kleiner in 2005, is now largely coaching the firm’s general partners.
EF: Randy is very actively involved as our coach and he’s still actively managing his portfolio companies.
TC: Before you joined, Kleiner seemed to be following in the footsteps of Andreessen Horowitz and forming a much bigger services platform. But I gather it has scaled back those efforts. Is that right?
EF: I’d say Kleiner very early on pioneered being a full-service, company-building venture firm. We’re the first firm that brought in a full-time recruiting partner, and I think over the last six or seven years, the whole industry has jumped on that trend. Everyone has marketing and recruiting and business development and a lot of these services.
We’ve always had services, but VC isn’t scalable, as we learned, so we’re almost surgical, helping our portfolio in highly targeted, high-value ways, as opposed to being a factory where we have every service under the sun. We do have two people doing marketing. We have three doing recruiting. But we don’t want to get to the point where we have a 10-person division doing recruiting.
TC: Has Kleiner’s decision-making process changed in any way?
EF: It’s an equal partnership. Everyone has equal votes. Beth expects me to cast my vote in a life sciences company, and similarly, I expect her to cast her vote in a new messaging company. If you think about venture, the product that we create is our investment decision process. We’re really looking for outliers, and the way to get that is to give diverse people a forum to voice their opinions.
TC: When you say an equal partnership, may I ask: Do you also mean the economics are equal?
EF: Equal economics, equal votes. It’s evolved and gone through peaks and valleys. If our product is a great investment decision process, we want to make sure everything is done to [support] equality with diverse thinking around the table.
TC: I don’t think people realize you’re now leading KP’s consumer investing practice. What’s interesting to you right now?
EF: It’s an interesting time for consumer [investing]. We may be in the middle of a platform shift. We’re seeing the mobile platform lose a bit of its momentum, and people are wondering if it’s time for a new platform. But it’s a little uncertain, what’s next. Five to seven years ago, when mobile was really starting to take off, a lot of investors’ attention was focused on mobile apps and anything related to messaging and media and social. That was the pool all the investors were fishing in. Now, investors are fishing in various pools. There’s the [artificial reality] and [virtual reality] pool, the ambient computing pool, the cars-as-a-platform pool. There’s little consensus. Everyone is taking their own approach.
TC: What’s yours?  
EF: Well, I don’t doubt that VR an AR will be successful. There’s no doubt cars or ambient computing represent huge opportunities. These are the right pools. The question is timing. I don’t have enough conviction yet to say where the outsize outcomes will come in the next 24 months, but we’re looking at every single deal we can to figure it out.
We are seeing a lot of interesting enterprise applications for these tools, like VR for training and conversational [AI] for customer support.
TC: Have you made any bets yet? Also, did you make bets as an angel investor before joining Kleiner?
EF: I’ve [led one investment] in Handshake, which is building a new career services recruiting platform for college kids. It’s a $4 billion [total addressable market] annually, college recruiting. But if you earn a college student their first job, you’re in prime position to address their second, third and fourth jobs, which brings you into the $25 billion overall recruiting market, and we think there’s a window of opportunity for Handshake to be very disruptive.
As for angel investing, I’ve backed mostly either people I know and want to work with, or areas I’ve wanted to learn more about, including hardware. At Flipboard, for example, I invested in Tile, the Bluetooth tracker that lets you find lost items like your car keys or backpack.
TC: What do you make of e-commerce? Earlier this week, VC Jennifer Fonstad noted at the Bloomberg Tech conference that e-commerce bets make more sense at the beginning of a boom cycle. Do you agree?
EF: We have a good healthy internal debate about it all the time. I think there can be great companies formed at all points of the cycle. But it’s very hard to predict winners. Either a brand resonates or it doesn’t. So we try to think more about the enabling tech and services that are independent of the brand.
TC: What about social networks? Do Facebook and Snapchat just get bigger or will we see the rise of something new?
EF: Everything can be reinvented. I see that trend replaying in all areas of tech. I think one of the most exciting trends we’re going through is a generational one, from baby boomers to Gen Xers to millennials, who aren’t just the largest demographic in the U.S. but are now the largest demographic in the workforce, meaning they have strong purchasing power. So every purchase, every brand, the way things are consumed, from media to other products — it’s all up for grabs. Nothing is static.

The evolution of the mobile payment

The evolution of the mobile payment
It’s anticipated that there will be more than 4.8 billion individuals using a mobile phone by the end of 2016. A recent report noted that 39 percent of all mobile users in the U.S. had made a mobile payment in 2015. This is up from 14 percent in 2014 and by my estimations will in the 70 percent range by 2017.
Because of this enormous growth — and potential growth that mobile devices present — we can expect to see the mobile payments industry and startups in the space evolve to meet the growing demands of users.
To understand how big this industry is going to be, you need to understand the history of mobile payments and their evolution over time.

Brief history of mobile payments

Throughout history, human beings have relied on some sort of payment system to purchase the goods or services we wanted or needed. Starting with the bartering system, humans began to use livestock, grain, shells, metal coins, pieces of white deerskin, the wampum, gold, the gold-backed dollar, charge cards, credit cards, the U.S. dollar and, most recently, electronic payments.
If there has been one consistent theme regarding the evolution of payments, it’s that we prefer payments that are convenient and transactional. These preferences began to take shape in the early 20th century with the introduction of the charge card.
Despite being first mentioned by Edward Bellamy in 1887’s “Looking Backward,” the first charge card didn’t’ appear until 1921 when a charge card was issued to Western Union customers. Soon after, department stores, service stations and hotels also began offering charge cards to customers so they didn’t have to travel to their hometown bank.
After the introduction of the Diners Club card in 1950, the credit card industry began to resemble what we’re familiar with today. The BankAmericard, founded in 1958, was the first modern-day credit card issued by a third-party bank. The card became Visa in 1977. Since then, technology has given us the videotex systems of the late-1970s/mid-1980s; online banking and bill pay in 1994; the mobile web payment (WAP) in 1997; and the current wave of mobile payments apps.
With that in mind, here’s a timeline of how electronic payments have advanced into the 21st century:
  • 1983: David Chaum, an American cryptographer, starts work on creating digital cash by inventing “the blinding formula, which is an extension of the RSA algorithm still used in the web’s encryption.” This is the beginning of cryptocurrencies.
  • 1994: Although this is disputed, some believe that the first online purchase, a pepperoni and mushroom pizza from Pizza Hut, occurs in this year.
  • 1998: PayPal is founded.
  • 1999: Thanks to Ericsson and Telnor Mobil, mobile phones could be used to purchase movie tickets.
  • 2003: 95 million cell phone users worldwide made a purchase via their mobile device.
  • 2007: Both the iPhone and the Droid operating system are released.
  • 2008: Bitcoin is invented.
  • 2011: Google Wallet is released.
  • 2014: Apple Pay is launched, followed a year later by Android and Samsung Pay.
  • 2020: 90 percent of smartphone users will have made a mobile payment. It’s estimated that by 2017, there will be $60 billion in mobile payment sales.

Types of mobile payments

There are three types of mobile options. Commerce payment options are where customers open an internet browser, add items to the cart, order, receive their goods or services and are provided with a receipt. With payments, customers use contactless/mobile technologies, where payment information is stored on their device and they enter a PIN to complete a transaction. Finally, mobile wallets are looking to replace your current wallet by storing all your payment information.
There are other types of options available within these types of mobile payments. For example, with mobile apps, payments will occur on a consumer’s device in order to purchase goods from a specific retailer, such as the Starbucks mobile app, and data is stored on the device. Mobile POS takes places on a merchant’s device, but data is not stored. Online payment services occur on a consumer’s device, such as PayPal, for purchasing goods. Mobile P2P transfers, such as Venmo, also occur on a consumer’s device for bank transfers. Still think it’s not big enough? Venmoreported transferring more than $1 billion in January 2016 alone.
Don’t think that mobile payments will be limited to your smartphone or tablet.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) takes place on either the consumer or merchant’s device where data is stored in a mobile payment account. Examples include PayPal’s beacon and iBeacon. Finally, Near Field Communication (NFC) occurs on a consumer’s device; data is stored on the mobile device and is used to purchase goods. Examples include Apple PayAndroid Pay and Samsung Pay. In most cases, startups would begin with a text message service, then mobile apps and finally contactless payment systems.
Merchants are using BLE and NFC that connect mobile devices with either beacons or NFC tags. With BLE, the transmission is continuous and can be used in large areas so that customers can receive notifications and coupons. NFC must be activated by the customer and is better suited for one-on-one interactions.

The changing mobile payments scene

Mobile payments have been quickly evolving, with more recognizable brands stepping into the industry to advance technology and offer what consumers and businesses want in terms of apps and services that allow them to pay with their phones.
For example, Google’s recently announced Hands FreeIt’s a new mobile payment app that uses either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, like most other payment apps — except that this app allows you to keep your phone in your wallet or purse. Google is also tinkering with facial recognition to confirm an individual’s identity.
Meanwhile, major banking institutions, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and U.S. Bancorp, have a created a joint venture called clearXchange that allows customers to transfer funds instantly to another bank account through their phones. Besides the experiments going on at Google, some of the latest trends in the mobile payment industry are offering greater convenience, security and a glimpse into the near future.
When it comes to “pay” as a feature, Apple, Android and Samsung are just the tip of the iceberg. More tech companies will continue to roll out their mobile payment platforms. Wearable tech will be next. Don’t think that mobile payments will be limited to your smartphone or tablet. Expect to be able to make purchases with wearables like the Jawbone UP4bPay band and the Lyle & Scott bPay jacket.
There is room for countless unicorns in the space.
Retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are rolling out their own products to fuel mobile payments, including more use of geolocation technology to provide localized coupons and deals delivered to customers’ phones while they are shopping. Bloomberg Technology noted that, “by 2019, eMarketer estimates that the total value of transactions made by tapping a phone on an in-store terminal will reach $210 billion, up from $8.7 billion in 2015.” This means that retailers, and even banks, will give Apple Pay and Google’s Android Pay some competition, more options for consumers and businesses to use as mobile payment tools and greater transaction savings for everyone.
There are ongoing signs of growth for cryptocurrency and blockchain use within the mobile payments world. The technology behind bitcoin has been one of the most buzzed topics recently. In fact, tokenization is expected to disrupt the entire financial industry. Companies like Movile are realizing the potential to use bitcoin for in-game micro payments as well as an alternate mobile payment currency across developing economies like Brazil.
Perhaps the biggest disrupter may be the technology behind digital currency. Blockchain has been noted as the potential “foundation for building a new generation of transactional applications that establish trust and transparency while streamlining business processes,” which is critical to advancing adoption of mobile payments among consumers and businesses.

Regulations could lead to global standardization. There is no global standard regarding payments, but there is a push (which I strongly support) to create one technology standard that would have the same set of regulations for countries across the world. This could be the real game-changer for propelling payments in general and mobile payments all over the globe.Social media and messaging apps have also joined the fun. You’ll be able to make purchases directly from social media apps like Facebook and use WhatsApp has a commerce channel. Big data, beacons and sensors are already helping merchants reach customers. With big data, merchants and retailers will be able to send targeted coupons, promotions, flash sales and even the chance to complete a purchase in advance.
With companies like Venmo processing more than $1 billion in one month in mobile P2P payments, and the thousands of other companies like Square processing billions more on mobile devices, the fintech industry and mobile payments industry is ripe to becoming one of the next hottest sectors in tech.
There is room for countless unicorns in the space. Before that can happen, many issues will need to be addressed, including the security questions, but the uniform help and speed in which we will be able to carry out transactions continues to show us a compelling movement in the evolution for mobile payments and the trend that by 2020, 90 percent of smartphone users will have made a mobile payment.

Apple ordered to stop selling two iPhone models in China [Updated]

Apple ordered to stop selling two iPhone models in China [Updated]
A Beijing court has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the city, having ruled that the phone’s design is too similar to a Chinese brand. The infringement claims were brought against Apple by Shenzhen Baili for its 100C smartphone, says the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau. Apple can still appeal the decision. [See updated at bottom with Apple’s comment.]
The financial impact of the ruling is unclear. As The WSJ reported this morning, several mobile phone stores in the city had already stopped selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus a couple of months ago, and began selling newer models. In addition, it said that Apple is soon ending production of both phones.
However, the ruling is one of a series of challenges Apple has faced while trying to do business in the country, which is its largest market outside the U.S., thanks to iPhone sales and iOS app revenue. The company in April was ordered to close its iBooks and iTunes Movies stores by a Chinese government regulator just six months after launching. This was likely due to new government regulations that are designed to make it more difficult for foreign owners to publish online content — they have to find a domestic partner, as well as receive government approval.
Meanwhile, declining iPhone sales contributed to Apple’s first-ever drop in sales, announced also in April. Sales in mainland China fell 11 percent. And sales in greater China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, were down 26 percent.
Despite the struggles, China remains a key market for Apple, which prompted a visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook in May. There, he met with China’s main internet and telecommunications regulator during a trip to Beijing. Following the visit, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology praised Apple’s extensive collaboration with China, and said it hoped the company would continue to expand its business, research and development and supply chain there.
Apple also recently invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing app. Cook said that the investment was made for “strategic reasons” — one of those reasons being an attempt by the company to win favor with Beijing, amid these ongoing challenges to it business.
Update, 6/17/16, 1 PM ET – 
Apple has responded to the news with a comment about the iPhone’s availability in China, following the report. It says the order has been stayed pending review:
“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE models are all available for sale today in China. We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court.”

The Europas Awards 2016 honored the best tech startups in Europe

The Europas Awards 2016 honored the best tech startups in Europe
This week The Europas Startup Conference and Awards — the new type of tech event devised in partnership with TechCrunch and myself — honored The Best Tech Startups in Europe. You cancheck out all the pictures here and follow the coverage on Twitter.
An annual celebration of Europe’s brightest and best tech companies, The Europas Conference and Awards for European Tech Startups has been an established fixture on the European scene since 2009, when it was first held in a London bar.
More than 50 stellar speakers presented in Central London, in a day of robust panels and small breakout workshops, just ahead of the industry Awards finale, where more than 27 of Europe’s best startups and founders were honored by their peers.
Over the last few weeks, startups had been able to either apply for an award or be nominated by a third-party. A judging panel then selected a shortlist of nominees, which was then submitted to public voting. The results were combined to determine the most forward-thinking and innovative European tech companies across 27 categories. No fees were paid by entrants or winners. The winners were announced on Tuesday, June 14, following The Europas daytime conference.
It’s been an incredible year for European startups, which have continued their exponential growth over the last few years. Europe right now couldn’t be better for startups. Every year we wonder if we are in a bubble. But the truth is we are in a 4th industrial revolution, and this is transforming our industry and society at large. We have come a long way from the first event in a bar in Bermondsey in 2009, but in front of almost 800 of Europe’s top tech entrepreneurs, The Europas Awards played host to the cream of Europe’s tech startup industry.
TechCrunch is the exclusive media sponsor for The Europas, and all attendees, nominees and winners of the Europas Awards will get discounts to TechCrunch Disrupt in London later this year.
Suranga Chandratillake, General Partner at Balderton Capital said: “Once again the Europas brought together all the most interesting people in technology for an intense 24 hours of conversation, debate and the sharing of ideas. As public market multiples for software companies improve and deals like Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn happen, we appear to be on the cusp of a new dawn in the technology ecosystem and the conference’s timing coincided perfectly with this more optimistic, yet reflective time.”
Katherine Crisp, Head of Strategy and Innovation at Unicef UK said: “We are thrilled to be part of the Europas and for a second year supporting the Best Humanitarian Tech Award. It was difficult to choose from the excellent shortlist, but we’re delighted that MeshPoint was chosen as the winner. MeshPoint was created in response to the refugee crisis. The team identified that the ability to communicate and access information was a critical need for families and children as they travelled across Europe. Their open source and durable Wi-Fi hotspot is a fantastic solution and we look forward to seeing how their technology can be utilized further to help families and children around the world.”
Christian Hernandez Gallardo, Managing Partner, White Star Capital, commented: “From a small event in East London where a fledgling Swedish startup called Spotify won an award to the large event next to the Thames today, The Europas has become an iconic emblem of the acceleration of the digital ecosystem in Europe and a celebration of what we all are achieving.”
Jonathan Luff, co-founder, Epsilon Advisory Partners cautioned:
“This is a critical moment for the UK’s tech sector. There’s so much at stake, and I really hope we don’t put in jeopardy the prospects for UK tech and the fantastic startups here at The Europas with a reckless decision to leave the EU next week.”
Melissa Jun Rowley, CEO of ‪TheToolbox.org‬, said: “I moved to London for its thriving tech and social impact scene, and am so happy that The Europas organized a panel on the importance of humanitarian tech. It’s a sign of what’s to come. All tech has a humanitarian angle, you just need to bring the right players together. Mike and his team know how to do exactly that.”
Andy Hobsbawm, co-founder and CMO, EVRYTHNG, added: “The Europas has created a platform for technology innovation and growth by connecting the best ideas, capital and entrepreneurs in Europe. As always, it’s fantastic to be part of it.”
Sarah Turner, founder of Angel Academe, summed it up: “No tokenism here. The most diverse tech event I’ve attended. Quality, fast-paced, useful.”
Dave Mathews, CEO NewAer, Inc. said: “I’ve been coming to The Europas for the past five years from Silicon Valley and am impressed with the caliber and European diversity of the startups who debut and the executives who share their expertise on the stage.”
Those honored consisted of an amazing group of companies and people.
The winners, selected from the nominees, were:
1 Best Media/Entertainment Startup
The Winner is: Dubsmash
The startup shows how amazing entertainment products can come out of Europe and go global. And from Berlin!
2 Best E-Commerce Startup
The Winner is: Zalando
With 18.4 million customers and growing, the German e-commerce powerhouse shows how to grow from a startup to a leading fashion e-tailer with 796 million euros in Q1 2016 alone.
3 Best Education Startup
The Winner is: Peak
Europe leads the world in education apps and Peak has proved that in spades with its successful brain-training app.
4 Best Startup Accelerator
The Winner is: Entrepreneur First
Coming almost from nowhere, Entrepreneur First proved that it can take raw talent and turn it into startups. These guys are acing the field right now.
5 Best Adtech/Marketing Startup
The Winner is: Adludio
In a market where advertising tech is very established, Adludio is proving you can innovate.
6 Best Gaming Startup
The Winner is: ustwo
ustwo emerged from a bigger group to become a powerhouse of creativity with games like Monument Valley and Lands End in VR. Apple loves these guys and so does Frank Underwood. When he’s bored, Frank loves to play it on House of Cards.
7 Best Mobile Startup
The Winner is: Fever
Coming from Spain, Fever quickly took root in Europe’s biggest cities and has become the millennials’ favorite method of organizing a night out. With $23 million in its war chest we haven’t seen the last of this app.
8 Best Fintech Startup
The Winner is: Funding Circle
Funding Circle is the world’s leading online marketplace for business loans, raising $272 million and has shown London’s fintech dominance right now.
9 Best Enterprise, SaaS, B2B Startup
The Winner is: MOVE Guides
MOVE Guides has literally solved the intractable problem of international relocation for today’s global executives and has quickly spread to multiple locations internationally.
10 Best Hardware Startup
The Winner is: Technology Will Save Us
Combining an innovative design approach and exciting model for 21st century education, Tech Will Save US has become the go-to hardware for kids getting into tech.
11 Best Share Economy Startup
The Winner is: Student.com
Student.com, the student accommodation marketplace, provides a better experience for both students and landlords — helping to grow it across 100 countries and take $100 million in bookings.
12 Best Health Startup
The Winner is: Clue
This Berlin digital health startup empowers women to take control of their reproductive health and collectively provides valuable insight on female reproductive health issues.
13 Best Cybersecurity Startup
The Winner is: Darktrace
With Cybersecurity becoming top priority in today’s world, this Cambridge security startup now has a billionaire, an ex-MI5 chief and an ex-CIA tech leader on its board. James Bond would be proud.
14 Best Blockchain Startup
The Winner is: Credits
Credits has taken the blockchain technology and turned it into a platform that could well power the enterprises of the future.
15 Best Travel Startup
The Winner is: Secret Escapes
This members-only travel club offering discounted rates on luxury hand-picked holidays has become a mainstay of the travel business while disrupting the world of luxury travel.
16 Best Internet of Things Startup
The Winner is: EVRYTHNG
Because of EVRYTHNG, more than 10 billion shirts and shoes will soon talk back to you via your phone. And that’s just the start. Watch out, because this startup plans to connect every consumer product to the Web.
17 Best Cleantech Startup
The Winner is: Pavegen
Pavegen converts the kinetic energy generated from footsteps into renewable electricity. It’s literally magic, and is heading out to power the world with you.
18 Best Fashion Startup
The Winner is: Chic by Choice
This one-of-a-kind hire destination allows women to access the most breathtaking designer dresses, straight from the catwalks.
19 Coolest Technology Innovation
The Winner is: Blaze Burner
Blaze had already re-invented the bicycle light, but now it’s done it again with an intelligent tail light. They now have the world’s city-owned bicycle networks eating out of their hands.
20 Best Humanitarian Tech
The Winner is: MeshPoint
MeshPoint’s open source and durable Wi-Fi hotspot will allow refugees to communicate and access information, which is a critical need for families and children as they travel across Europe.
21 Best Angel Investor of the Year
The Winner is: Jeremy Yap
One of the most prolific and smart angel investors, Jeremy can be found in one of two places: meeting startups or on a plane. This man is a machine.
22 Best VC Investor of the Year
The Winner is: Eileen Burbidge of Passion Capital
This prominent partner at Passion Capital has invested in some of London’s hottest fintech startups and has taken on a public role of championing London and European startups. Coming out of Yahoo!, Skype and Apple she brought her hands-on knowledge of startups to entrepreneurs and they sing her praises for it.
23 Best CEO of the Year
The Winner is: Sarah Wood, Unruly
Sarah Wood is co-founder and CEO of marketing technology company Unruly. She’s steered the company from high growth (second fastest in the UK) to its successful sale to News Corp. for £114 million.
24 Best Startup Founders
The Winner is: Deliveroo’s founders Will Shu and Greg Orlowski
Will Shu co-founded Deliveroo in August 2012 with Greg Orlowski and since then they have proved a rock-star team, scaling a high-growth business and introducing new thinking to the market.
25 Fastest Rising Startup of the Year
The Winner is: Deliveroo
This UK-based high-growth unicorn shows there’s a strong appetite for on-demand premium restaurant delivery. Deliveroo is now in 65 cities and expected to hit £130 million in revenues in 2016.
26 The Europas Hall of Fame
The Winner is: Jørn Lyseggen, Meltwater
Jørn Lyseggen was born in Korea, adopted in Norway and grew from his humble beginnings into a highly successful entrepreneur. His Meltwater B2B online media monitoring service started with $15,000 and now has 50 offices, 800+ employees and has evolved into a software as a service (SaaS) company. But Lyseggen has given back by establishing the nonprofit Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, Ghana, which is now educating entrepreneurs and some of Africa’s hottest startups.
27 The Europas Grand Prix
The Winner is: Deliveroo
Individual awards categories were sponsored by: Raine, Forward Partners, Orrick, Kemp Little, All Response Media, Beringea, TechHub, Metro Group Business Innovation, iHorizon, Nexmo, Index Ventures, Unicef, Multiple, JAG Shaw Baker, Level 39, 33 Seconds, TechCrunch and Twitter.
The Europas was supported by Level39, TechHub, Ticketbase, Twitter, Metro Group Business Innovation, Raine Advisors, TechCrunch, Unicef, 33 Seconds, All Response Media, Beringea, Forward Partners, iHorizon, Index Ventures, JAG Shaw Baker, Kemp Little, Multiple, Nexmo, Orrick, MMC Ventures, Realys, Smith & Williamson and Fieldhouse Associates.