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Workshops, pitches and the shortlist of Europe’s hottest startups in The Europas Awards



Well the votes from the public and the judges are in and we can finally reveal the shortlist for The Europas Awards 2020 to find the hottest European tech startups!

The entries were sorted and sifted by journalists to compile an editorially-driven ‘long list’ of some of Europe’s most exciting startups and investors.

The list is below, plus information on the premium virtual workshops being held into key categories in the awards.

The winners will be announced at the online awards ceremony on the evening of 25 June 2020, from London, UK.

The Europas Awards 2019 is sponsored by:

If you are interested in sponsoring The Europas or participating in the workshops as a partner? Get in touch with Claire Dobson //  Interested in speaking on the workshops? Contact Dianne See Morrisson //


The 13 live workshops are built around the awards categories, and will feature key speakers, and VIP guests. Shortlisted companies will be pitching live on the platform. In addition, the “Pathfounder Sessions” offer exclusive workshops with specially invited guests, aimed at European startups raising money at this time.

Attendees can network virtually via a dedicated Slack community and easily exchange contact details, just as you would at a real-world event.

Virtual attendees will include only investors, founders and senior executives of mid to late-stage companies as well as some of the newest companies on the scene.

The Europas is always attended by journalists from major tech titles, newspapers and business broadcasters.

See below or here for the workshops:

Workshop: Thu Jun 04, 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM GMT +1 (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: AgTech & FoodTech, plus startup pitches

• Niccolò Manzoni, Five Seasons Ventures
• Mr. Alain Revah, Ynsect
• Emilie Vanpoperinghe, Oddbox

Workshop: Thu Jun 04, 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM GMT+1(40 Min)
The Europas 2020: Impact, climate & sustainability startups, plus pitches
• Greg Jackson, Octopus Energy
• Lubomila Jordanova, PlanA.Earth
• Sofia Hmich, Future Positive Capital

Workshop: Fri Jun 05, 11:00-11:40 GMT+1(40 Min)
The Europas 2020: CyberTech startups , plus pitches

• Yessi Bello-Perez, The Next Web
• Ben Brabyn, GenieShares, former Level 39
• Emily Orton, Darktrace
• Max Vetter, Immersive Labs

Mon Jun 08, 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM GMT +1 (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: SpaceTech Sector Deep Dive + Pitch
Join us for a deep dive into SpaceTech along with pitches from The Europas shortlisted startups.
Dr. Barbara Ghinelli
Director, Clusters and Harwell Campus, Business Development, UKRI-STFC

Jason Maroothynaden
Business Broker
European Space Agency

Mike Butcher

Mark Boggett
Seraphim Capital

Mon Jun 08, 3:00 Pm – 3:40 Pm GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: FinTech Sector Deep Dive + Pitch : Join us for a deep dive into FinTech along with pitches from The Europas shortlisted startups.

Tue Jun 09, 11:00 Am – 11:40 Am GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: EdTech Sector Deep Dive + Pitch
Join us for a deep dive into EdTech along with pitches from The Europas shortlisted startups.

Bernhard Niesner

Tue Jun 09, 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM GMT +1 (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: Mobility Sector Deep Dive + Pitch

Shona Ghosh
UK Tech Editor
Business Insider

Colin Hanna

Thu Jun 11, 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM GMT +1 (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: PropTech Sector Deep Dive + Pitch: Join us for a deep dive into PropTech along with pitches from The Europas shortlisted startups.

Thu Jun 11, 3:00 Pm – 3:40 Pm GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: GovTech, CivTech, RegTech Deep Dive + Pitch
Join us for a deep dive into Gov, Civic, RegTech sectors along with pitches from The Europas shortlisted startups.

Robyn Scott
CEO and Co-founder

Mark Lazar
Director of Programmes

Fri Jun 12, 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM GMT +1 (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: Retail and eCommerce Sector Deep Dive + Pitch
Join us for a deep dive into the retail and eCommerce sectors along with pitches from The Europas shortlisted startups.
Tom Adeyoola
Extend Ventures

Mon Jun 15, 11:00 AM – 11:40 PM GMT +1 (12 Hours, 40 Min)
The Europas 2020: SaaS and B2B Sector Deep Dive + Pitch
Join us for a deep dive into the B2B and SaaS sectors along with pitches from The Europas shortlisted startups.

Cayetana Hurtado
Balderton Capital

Mon Jun 15, 3:00 Pm – 3:40 Pm GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: HealthTech Sector Deep Dive + Pitch
Join us for a deep dive into the HealthTech sector along with pitches from The Europas shortlisted startups.

Tue Jun 16, 11:00 Am – 11:40 Am GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas 2020: Emerging Tech (AI, Blockchain, Quantum) Deep Dive + Pitch
Join us for a deep dive into emerging tech includingAI,  blockchain and quantum industry along with pitches from The Europas shortlisted startups.

Chris O’Brien
European Correspondent

Keld van Schreven
Managing Partner


The Pathfounder Workshops
Prior to the awards there are special, premium content events The Pathfounder, designed be a “fast download” into the European tech scene for founders looking to raise money or enhance their business.

Thu Jun 18, 11:00 Am – 11:40 Am GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas Pathfounder Workshop: Comms for Startups – What we talk about when we talk about PR
What actually is “PR”? When it comes to startups, this term often gets bandied about as if cracking “PR” will lead to a flood of customers or partners and propel startups to super stardom . In this workshop, we will examine and unpack what communications can and cannot do for startups, what the objectives of comms should be and how, beyond headlines, it should be measured.

Fri Jun 19, 11:00 Am – 11:40 Am GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas Pathfounder Workshop: Meet the Press
Tech reporters talk about what makes a good news or features story and how to get their attention.

Mon Jun 22, 11:00 Am – 11:40 Am GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas Pathfounder Workshop: Negotiating with VCs

11:00 Am – 11:40 Am GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas Pathfounder Workshop: Crossing the Chasm – Making the Leap to Series B and Beyond

With investments slowing down, we invite a panel of leading investors to discuss how they are navigating these times and what they are looking for when currently investing.

Wed Jun 24, 11:00 Am – 11:40 Am GMT +1   (40 Min)
The Europas Pathfounder Workshop: How We Scaled – 3 Former Europas Winners Share Their Journey to the Top


The Awards themselves will be announced live on 25th June at an online event which will feature special guests, and live entertainment.

Thu Jun 25, 6:30 Pm – 7:30 Pm GMT +1   (1 Hour)
The Europas Tech Startup Awards 2020
Join us to hear who’s won and have a celebratory virtual drink.

After a decade of identifying the most innovative tech startups in Europe including Spotify, Transferwise, Soundcloud, and Babylon Health, The Europas has shown itself capable of finding Europe’s hottest startups. The Europas Awards is the only independent and editorially-driven event to recognize the European tech startup scene. The winners have been featured in Reuters, Bloomberg, VentureBeat, Forbes,, The Memo, Smart Company, CNET, many others — and of course, TechCrunch.

Here are the shortlisted entries for The Europas Awards 2020:

Hottest AgTech/ FoodTech Startup


Earth Rover




Hottest Social Innovation






Hottest ClimateTech/ Green /CleanTech Startup



Hawa Dawa







Hottest CyberTech Startup

Aloha Browser


Picus Security



Hottest Sustainability Tech

Infinited Fiber Company

Little Black Door


Peel Pioneers


Hottest EdTech Startup



Life Based Value


SoSafe Cyber Security Awareness


Hottest AI

Monolith AI

Mostly AI






Hottest FinTech Startup

Fintech OS

Funding Options






Hottest Blockchain




Nexus Mutual


Hottest GovTech, Public, Civic, RegTech Startup



Cyan Forensics


Seed Legals


Hottest Quantum


Oxford Quantum Circuits




Hottest HealthTech Startup



Fundamental Surgery

Joint Academy

Patchwork Health




Hottest Accelerator

ATI Boeing

Entrepreneur First

Founders Factory

Seraphim Space Camp

SetSquared Bristol

Startup Wise Guys


Hottest Mobility / Travel Tech Startup




Tier Mobile


Hottest Seed

Cavalry Ventures

Entrepreneur First

Forward Partners

Kima Ventures

Playfair Capital


Hottest PropTech





Hottest VC



EQT Ventures

Draper Esprit




Target Global


Hottest RetailTech, eCommerce Tech Startup



Ave + Edam


Hottest Unicorn






Hottest SaaS or B2B Startup










Pathfounder of the Year

Dom Hallas, Coadec

Kinga Staniilawska

Richard Godfrey

Taavet Hinrikus

Lyron Foster is a Hawaii based African American Musician, Author, Actor, Blogger, Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Multinational Serial Tech Entrepreneur.

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Hawaii Tech Company MobileGrindz Offers Restaurants an Alternative to Food Service Tech Platforms



MobileGrindz offers enhanced benefits and lower cost than other food ordering platforms

Honolulu, Aug 2, 2020 – MobileGrindz, a Hawaii based Technology company, has announced the upcoming debut of their foodservice platform that aims to redefine the way food ordering systems and restaurants work together. This venture, spearheaded by Hawaii Local and Black Entrepreneur Lyron Foster, aims to bring additional job opportunities to Hawaii.

With food delivery apps continuing to gain popularity – more than 20% of smartphone users are expected to use food delivery apps by 2021 – restaurants are looking for better ways to offer such services while also boosting their bottom line. 

Many food ordering platforms charge restaurants up to 20% of their orders, which tends to undercut sales severely and adversely affect restaurants. MobileGrindz wants to offer a better solution for restaurants. With their platform, a flat technology fee is charged per month instead of a percentage of sales. This fee structure intends to help businesses better control their costs, make more money, and remain competitive. 

The MobileGrindz team isn’t stopping there. They are working to help restaurants earn more sales in general. One way they are doing this is by offering completely custom and free mobile apps for iOS and Android. This will allow restaurants’ customers to place orders and track their deliveries seamlessly.

Unlike most competitors on the market today, MobileGrindz will offer native apps for restaurants that will let them set up geo-based triggers for promotions that target foot traffic. In addition, this will allow restaurants to offer push notifications which restaurants can utilize to keep their customers informed of special offers and discounts. 

MobileGrindz will also eliminate third party funds disbursements by integrating third-party payment gateways, including Stripe, PayPal,, and others. The inclusion of additional payment gateways will allow restaurants to easily process payments independently and receive revenue more quickly.

The MobileGrindz team says that they will begin on-boarding early adoption users in mid-August, with a general launch of the platform slated for September 1, 2020.

More information can be found at

About MobileGrindz

MobileGrindz offers a cost-effective alternative to food ordering platforms for restaurants, helping them better promote their businesses while saving money. 


Lyron Foster, CEO


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Being a Black Entrepreneur in the United States. Learn lessons from Lyron Foster



Lyron Foster
Lyron has encountered discrimination and other business setbacks. But with determination, successful entrepreneurship in the United States is possible.

Lyron Foster is a very determined and prolific entrepeneur. Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t as easy as one thinks it to be. The journey is full of many challenges, roadblocks, hurdles, and can even turn into failures. However, people who are determined enough, overcome these challenges and establish themselves as entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs create new business while bearing most of the risks and enjoying the rewards, at the same time. Such people innovate as they become a source of new ideas, goods, services, and business procedures. Entrepreneurs play a key role in the economy where they use their skills to bring new ideas into the market. If their ideas are successful, they are awarded profits, fame, and continued growth opportunities. Lyron Foster is one such successful entrepreneur who has made a name for himself in the business world. He is the CEO of Code Armada, along with 87 other technology brands across 4 countries. He was also the co-founder/CTO of He is a renowned serial entrepreneur, author, investor, coder, and technologist.

Lyron had always been interested in technology. According to his family, he had always possessed a natural aptitude for it. He started programming at the age of 12 and started experimenting with Slackware Linux at the age of 13. Over the years, he mastered the skills required to become a technologist. He was only 21 years old when he got his first real “technology” job at BurstNet working as a Linux Engineer. Soon he emerged as a successful technologist, having mastered all the skills. His passion for technology remained constant throughout his life.

Apart from being a successful technologist, Lyron is largely known for his serial entrepreneurship. As a serial entrepreneur, Lyron is continuously coming up with new ideas and starting new businesses. A serial entrepreneur often comes up with an idea and works on setting things up. Once things get started, they give the responsibility to someone else and move on to a new idea and a new venture. Throughout his career, some of the most memorable experiences had to be focused on his business failures and successes. He has often been lucky enough to found or co-found some of the most amazing ventures, such as Code Armada and Hostgator.  However, he has also had the misfortune of experiencing multiple business failures first hand. But Lyron never let this get to him as he learned from his mistakes and always performed better later on. He has learned lots from both his successes and failures. To this date, he has founded or co-founded over 87 businesses across 4 countries.

Despite experiencing multiple business failures, Lyron Foster has never given up and continues to thrive. His peerless determination rivals that of some of the biggest names in business.

One of his most successful business has been HostGator. HostGator was founded in a dorm room at Florida Atlantic University. HostGator has now grown into a leading provider of Shared, Reseller, VPS, and Dedicated web hosting. It is headquartered in Houston and Austin, Texas, with several international offices throughout the globe. Whether you are looking for a personal website hosting plan or a business website hosting plan, HostGator is the perfect solution for it. Their powerful website hosting services do not only help people achieve their overall website goals, but also provides them with the confidence they need in knowing that they have been with a reliable and secure website hosting platform. HostGator is the easiest website hosting platforms to use where Lyron served as the CTO for HostGator.

Currently, Lyron has extended his services to Code Armada, where he serves as the CEO of the company. The Code Armada is a leading US Based Technology Services & Staffing Solutions provider. They train and nurture the world’s top IT talent and then put them to work for businesses around the globe. Lyron has been successfully provided IT talent to the world.

Despite being such a busy man, Lyron finds time for his personal life as he showcases it on his Instagram. He can be seen sharing pictures of his delicious food, his friends and family, and his adventures around town.

For more information, people can follow him on Twitter at @LyronFoster or on Instagram at @lfoster96720.

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Exploiting wormable flaw on unpatched Windows devices is about to get easier



Exploiting wormable flaw on unpatched Windows devices is about to get easier

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A researcher has published exploit code for a Microsoft Windows vulnerability that, when left unpatched, has the potential to spread from computer to computer with no user interaction.

So-called wormable security flaws are among the most severe, because the exploit of one vulnerable computer can start a chain reaction that rapidly spreads to hundreds of thousands, millions, or tens of millions of other vulnerable machines. The WannaCry and NotPetya exploits of 2017, which caused worldwide losses in the billions and tens of billions of dollars respectively, owe their success to CVE-2017-0144, the tracking number for an earlier wormable Windows vulnerability.

Also key to the destruction was reliable code developed by and later stolen from the National Security Agency and finally published online. Microsoft patched the flaw in March 2017, two months before the first exploit took hold.

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