With just a handful of awards, Germany was left a little disappointed at the Europas on Tuesday night – but Berlin still emerged as a winner as the great and the good of the European tech scene were given another chance to discover what’s behind the buzz.
EyeEm, Scolibri and Christoph Maire were amongst those who did pick up a gong at the ceremony, which drew an impressive crowd to the Postbahnhof, especially considering the proximity of the DLD conference in Munich. It also followed close on the heels of the successful hy! Berlin event last weekend.
Photo app EyeEm, which recently starting beating controversy-hit Instagram in downloads, was named Best Product Startup and Scolibri, a platform for teachers and students to exchange work and communicate outside school, won the award for Best Education Startup.
Prolific investor Christoph Maire was recognised as Best Angel of Seed Investor of the Year while Wooga picked up the People’s Choice Award. There were also a pair of runner-up ‘highly recommended’ tags for Infogr.am and one for SoundCloud, with MyTaxi the best German startup.
With host Mike Butcher racing through the multitude of awards, though, the real action took place in the cavernous hall downstairs, where a good mix of Berliners and others – many from London, where a smattering of snow had predictably caused transport havoc meaning a few empty seats were to be seen – got to grips with each other.
The awards themselves were on a much grander scale than in previous years, and it is tempting to say the same about Berlin’s burgeoning tech scene despite the relative absence of gong success.
Full list of winners here