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The final way to become an Apps for Europe finalist.

- December 8, 2014 in Applications, AppsforEurope, Events, Featured

Are you making an open data based app? Apps for Europe runs an annual competition to find the best new apps across Europe that we can help scale into viable businesses.

  • Who can enter? Anyone that uses some form of open data in their application or service!
  • How do I enter? You need to enter your application online, all the local business lounge are over.
  • Timeframe of the competition? You have until the 31st of December, everything submitted in 2015 will not be accepted. Winners are invited to FutureEverything in 2015.
  • Are there any criteria I have to meet? Yes, only a few. You can find out more here.

We are looking for apps that are:

  • Orientated towards creating viable businesses and services
  • Showing the world the potential of open data

What can I win?

  • Free travel,  accommodation, and a ticket to our International Business Lounge @FutureEverything (26/27 Feb. 2015).
  • Networking opportunities with the most interesting startups using open data in Europe.
  • The opportunity to pitch your app to an international audience of investors, government agencies, companies and individuals.
  • A prize of 5.000 Euro and an invitation to Brussels to pitch for network partners and European Commission representatives.

Join the online competition and win 1 of the 13 exclusive spots at the International Business Lounge at FutureEverything in Manchester in 2015. If you win your local Business Lounge you are automatically invited. You will receive a ticket to Future Everything as well as travel and accommodation for one person. There you will get the chance to exhibit your app to the entire Future Everything audience throughout the day, along with the other winning innovative apps from all over Europe.

But that’s not all! You also get the opportunity to pitch your app to an international audience of investors, government agencies, companies and individuals keen to share their skills, experience, resources and money to help scale your app into a successful international business. For more information on what’s in it for you, have a look here.

Who is judging the competition?

All online entries will be judged by our Apps for Europe partners: an experienced network of European companies with links to investors and expertise in bringing promising ideas to scale. They have a shared agenda to help transform open data into business. For more information have a look at our Selection Criteria and Judging page.

About Apps for Europe?

Apps for Europe is a support network with a mission to turn data based apps into viable businesses. For further information about our consortium have a look here.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Email: and we’ll help you.


Apps for Europe is looking for the best open data apps

- September 1, 2014 in Applications, apps for europe, competition, Featured, Open Data, Open Data News

With 10 Business Lounges happening throughout Europe this year, Apps for Europe is trying to find the best open data applications and startups that Europe has to offer. Open Belgium invites all the Belgian developers, startups and companies that use open data as a recourse to join this competition. You have the chance to win a spot at the International Business Lounge @ Future Everything at Manchester in February 2015. The finalists have the chance to pitch their open data application to a crowd of international investors, open data experts, incubators and more.
There are two possible ways to enter the competition.
  1. You can find a Local Business Lounge hosted in one of the many European Cities. In Belgium the Local Business Lounge will be hosted in Transforma BXL during Open Data Brussels. More information about this business lounge on this blog later this month.

  2. You can also enter the online business lounge by providing information about your application, team and business model. The Apps for Europe online competition will run from September 1st to December 31st 2014.

About last years competition

Last years winner has show the potential of using open data to enhance their company and expand their services. Since the international Business Lounge at Future Everything last year they were able to reach new cities and raise almost 140.000,- in crowdfunding. A true success story! And talking about a successes, the audience award was won by Nostalgeo, a Belgian application from Nazka that enables you to compare old postcards with todays street view. Nostalgeo was a finalist at the international business lounge by entering the local Business Lounge during Open Data Day in Flanders. Other Belgian finalists were, making KBO data searchable and Carambla, the parking app that provides information about parking space in 3 major cities in Belgium. And next year we want a strong Belgian presence at the international Business Lounge as well.

Nostalgeo at the International Business Lounge

Ides from Nostalgeo receiving the Audience award at the International Business Lounge 2014

Over the past years many local, regional and national app competitions in Europe have been organized to stimulated developers and companies to build new applications with open data. Apps for Europe has taken it to the next level. By adding Business Lounges to local events we introduce the world of open data development to that of investors, accelerators, incubators and more. Want more information about the Apps for Europe project? Mail to Pieter-Jan or leave a comment below.