Bitstamp Wins Best Virtual Currency Startup Award at The Europas
Bitcoin exchange BitStamp was named the Best Virtual Currency Startup at the 2014 Europas last night.
Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp was named the Best Virtual Currency Startup at the 2014 Europas last night.
Held in the Old Billingsgate venue on the bank of London's River Thames, the event was attended by the top startup companies currently involved in the European tech scene.
Bitstamp beat stiff competition from Coinfloor, Elliptic, GoCoin, Localbitcoins and Safello to claim the Best Virtual Currency Startup award.
Nejc Kodric, CEO of Bitstamp and CTO Damijan Merlak collected the trophy, which was presented by Firestartr's Cécile Baird.
.@Bitstamp collect the award for 'Best Virtual Currency Startup' at #TheEuropas pic.twitter.com/GYlipNqSVZ
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Bitstamp, which is based in Slovenia and has a presence in the UK, is one of the world’s most popular bitcoin exchanges. It recently underwent its second proof of reserves procedure, which was overseen by BitcoinJ developer Mike Hearn.
Kodric said: "Day by day, in every way, bitcoin is winning. Bitstamp got the Europas award this year, someone else will get it the next year. As long as bitcoin continues to thrive, we all win."
This was Kodric and Merlak's first time at the Europas, which was founded in 2009 by Mike Butcher, editor at large of TechCrunch. The panel of judges who decided on the night's winners included Ben Holmes, of Index Ventures; Olivia Solon, associate editor of Wired.co.uk; Kathryn Parsons, founder of Decoded and Eze Vidra, head of Google for Entrepreneurs Europe and Campus London.
Click below to see a gallery of pictures from the event.
Other winners at the event included:
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 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 - Telegram
The Europas Grand Prix Award - Swiftkey
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