A startup that inspires the next generation of founders while positively impacting the economy and the world in general. It is a product and/or service which is already a success on the market, disrupting its industry with an innovative approach.
Criteria: The startup must be maximum 5 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open).
A startup with up to 2 years of age with the potential to become Startup of the Year in the future. Its product and/or service is already on the market on a path to disrupt its industry and positively impact the economy and the world.
Criteria: The startup must be maximum 2 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open).
Founder of the Year
A startup founder or co-founder who has shown strong leadership skills and achieved exceptional business results while being an inspiration to their team and a role model for the next generation of founders.
Criteria: The individual must be a founder or co-founder of a startup that is a maximum of 5 years of age (calculated from establishment date until public nominations open).
VC of the Year
A VC who has created impressive financial results while investing bravely in innovative companies which can positively impact the economy as well as the world, supporting them also with resources other than just financial.
Criteria: The VC must be established in the country it is participating in.
Best Co-working Space
A co-working space that deserves the recognition for its services, support, and resources to fast-growth startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation and focuses on positively impacting the world.
Criteria: The co-working space must be established in the country it is participating in.
Best Accelerator/Incubator Program
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.
Criteria: The Accelerator/Incubator Program must be established in the country it is participating in.
Ecosystem Hero of the Year
An individual known by its passion for entrepreneurship and ability as well as willingness to help startups and entrepreneurship grow.
Criteria: The individual must perform their activity in the country that they are participating in.
An individual who is known for their outstanding achievements and contribution to the mission of empowering more women and/or members of underrepresented groups to become founders, investors and leaders in their local and/or international startup and innovation ecosystem.
Criteria: The individual must perform his/her activity in the country that they are participating in. Furthermore, the individual must be a professional in the startup ecosystem as a founder, investor or leader in the startup ecosystem, and lead a specific organization and/or an activity to promote and enable more women and/or members of underrepresented groups to become professionals in the startup- and innovation ecosystem.
A company that got the most accumulated votes throughout the regional round.