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21/100 Finnish startups Red Herring!

21 Finnish start-ups make it to the Red Herring’s top 100 Europe list.

The Finnish companies nominated as finalists are: AppGyver, Avansera, Boomlagoon, CBTec, Codership, Diktamen, Fingersoft, Hibox Systems, Indoor Atlas, Invesdor, Musopia, NearMe Services, Nexstim, Piceasoft, Runteq, SingOn, Smarp, SN4Mobile, Tespack, Valopaa and Youlapse.

The Red Herring has chosen again top 100 Europe start-ups and 21 Finnish companies are amongst the finalists. The winners will be announced in Amsterdam in April. The Finnish companies nominated include gaming companies Fingersoft and Boomlagoon, cloud computing company Indoor Atlas, mobile company Musopia, entertainment company SingOn and clean tech company Valopaa.

Red Herring 100 Awards are widely recognized as one of the industry’s more prestigious recognitions, with hundreds of candidates from each continent competing for a Top 100.

Each year Red Herring’s editorial team analyses hundreds of cutting edge companies and technologies, and selects those who are positioned to grow fast. It uses more than 20 criteria to analyse the companies, and these include revenues, growth rate, industry awards and recognitions, technological advantage, customer base and teams track record.

European Capital of Innovation – iCapital Award. With this prize the European Commission wants to acknowledge the outstanding achievement of a city in building up an innovation ecosystem, i.e. a system which links the citizens (People) with a built environment (Place) and public organizations and policy-makers (Public) through business (Private).

Barcelona, Espoo, Grenoble, Groningen, Malaga and Paris are the six cities shortlisted for the first European Capital of Innovation award, or iCapital (IP/13/808). An independent panel of experts has agreed on the six finalists for the €500000 prize. The money will go to the city building the best “innovation ecosystem” – connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business – with a view to helping the city scale up its efforts in this field. The winning city will be announced at the Innovation Convention 2014, Europe’s premier innovation event which will take place in Brussels on 10 and 11 March (#euic2014).

11.3.2014: Just annouced: The winner is Barcelona! Congrats!

Mayor says Barcelona wants to inspire a new economy of urban innovation based in mobile and smart city technologies.

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