Tuesday, November 3, 2009

European Tech Tour

The 2009 entries were judged by a selection committee composed of representatives from Google, Good Energies, the European Tech Tour Association (ETT), Wellington Partners, Sofinnova, Go4Venture, Partech, Accel Partners, Index Ventures, Balderton Capital and Northzone Ventures.

The final award will be presented to the high-tech company that has made the greatest impact on the largest number of people, in the least amount of time.

The Audemars Piguet awards are presented to companies that reflect the watchmaker's ideals of innovation, high technology, precision and audacity. Companies submitting entries must be able to demonstrate an annual growth rate of at least 50% for the past three years, be founded no more than 10 years ago and have revenue originating from several countries. European origin management is preferred and ideally the company should still be run by the founders. Past winners have been consistently successful after achieving their prizes. The 2006 winner, SQL, was sold for US$1 billion to Sun Microsystems soon after winning the award. QlikTech, the winner in 2008, has demonstrated revenue growth of 80% over the last three years.

Further details can be accessed at http://www.techtour.com/apdinner2009/index.php

About the European Tech Tour Association (ETT) European Tech Tour (ETT) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which recognises that continued prosperity in Europe lies in its ability to transform today's innovative projects into tomorrow's global technology leaders. Its goal is to promote European entrepreneurship and provide a platform for entrepreneurs and investors to meet, ideally leading to funding or facilitation of high technology companies looking to expand internationally. ETT organizes two country specific tours per year to identify the best emerging companies in a geographical region, as well as two vertical industry events to capture the most innovative European companies in a specific industry segment, such as Semiconductor, Cleantech, Medtech and Web & Mobility. www.techtour.com

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