Entrepreneurship Week and Europe’s Best Startups 2010

This week (Nov 15-21, 2010) is the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), and over 10 million participants in more than 100 countries will be taking part of some 40,000 events around entrepreneurship. In the UK, the theme this year is Make a Job, Don’t take a Job and the events enjoy heavy government support.

Research conducted by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK team in a survey of over 1,000 entrepreneurs shows the following key findings:

  • SUPPORT – 77% want the government to play a key role in supporting entrepreneurs
  • RECOVERY – 79% agree that the UK’s entrepreneurs are responsible for securing a strong economic recovery
  • OPPORTUNITY – 65% agree there are good opportunities for businesses right now

For more information on the Global Entrepreneurship Week, check out the official website and the video below:

With great timing (and perhaps not a coincidence), The Europas, Techcrunch’s European Startup Awards are taking place this Friday (Nov 19th) with much fanfare. The contestants were proposed by the community and Crunchbase and the winners will be selected through a combination of popular vote followed by another round of voting by the Europas Advisory Board of experts,

Since a good aggregated list of European startups is not easy to come by, VC Cafe thought it would be helpful to publish all the nominees in one document. So without further ado:

The 2010 Top European startups in 2010 (as proposed by Techcrunch)

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Interesting to note is that Israeli nominees are few and apart with a few exceptions in the form of Sparkeo, Ineze (both Seedcamp participants), WeeWorld, StarDoll and a couple of others. Perhaps it means that Israel is missing the consumer Internet boat (Mike Eisenberg gave his hypothesis in the Hummus manifesto on why that may be in three parts) or that they aren’t doing enough business in Europe. I didn’t run the numbers, but most Israeli startups will at some point consider relocating to the US, however, a much lower amount have any kind of representation in Europe.

You can vote on each of the categories before Nov 19th through the links below:

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The list will be updated once the winners are announced.

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Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote
Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Ezewas a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.
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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Eze was a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google’s first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He’s an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.

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